Adapting Tolkien: The Films
Posted by Julian Munds
Here’s a wonderful encapsulation and discussion of the many various adaptations of Tolkien. Read and be astounded.
- ‘Hobbit’: Tolkien purist Evangeline Lilly talks new elf Tauriel (herocomplex.latimes.com)
- My Tolkien Collection: An Introduction (thevictorianvanity.wordpress.com)
- Just Tolkien… (lifeandabitelse.wordpress.com)
When one considers how popular J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth is, it’s a bit surprising that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings haven’t been adapted into other mediums more often.
It’s not so surprising that The Silmarillion has remained relatively untouched, because that work is, well, you know… it’s The Silmarillion.
But then you start looking at all the different Tolkien adaptations, and all the works that have been inspired by Tolkien, and you end up being surprised (and a bit overwhelmed) that Tolkien shows up in other mediums as often as he does.
The film versions of Tolkien’s work must be the most widely known Tolkien adaptations.
For many of us, the 1977 animated adaptation of The Hobbit by Rankin-Bass is one of the defining moments in our evolution as Tolkien fans. It’s too bad about the 1980 follow-up The Return of the King, which is…
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