msilverstar: (LOTR: Aragorn)
Positive news, Tolkien estate settles 'Lord of the Rings' wrangle, so there's no legal shadow over The Hobbit film going ahead. It seemed like this was coming, but is good to see it happen.

Also, Guillermo Del Toro went onto the TORn forums, talking about the the episodic nature of the Hobbit as a story. He says,
Thorin & Co repeatedly go:

BANQUET-TRAPPED-FREED (Trolls, Goblins, Spider, Elves)
when studying for PANS LABYRINTH, I found out that the "predictable outcome" of these episodes is part of the charm of this particular form of tale. So, don’t be afraid, we are truly trying to preserve the charm of it- the whimsy of it
We need to make sure there are "long lines" emotionally (growth, friendship, etc) amongst Thorin & Co and dramatically (how episodes "build" upon each other ) that will make everything feel more fluid.

(there's more, all good.) This is very reassuring, and gives me hope that they'll get it right.
msilverstar: (hobbits-grind)
Hobbit spam! Screenshots from the trilogy: all Hobbits, all the time. Great captions cracked me up, but the pictures made me all nostalgic.

I'm reading a very satisfying Dom/Billy WIP Boston by [ profile] eff_reality. And I don't just say that because I suggested the name. It's Billy the film history graduate student, and Dom, the mostly-cheerful prostitute, but it plays with the conventions and there are missed connections and it avoids a lot of romantic clichés.

omg bandfic? me? well, just these two AUs )

Also, I'm sorry that the feed msil_fanfic_rec (LJ) and msil_delicious (IJ) kinda went crazy, and started sending out tag links, alphabetically. It's, and I don't know how to keep it from happening again :-(
msilverstar: (LOTR: Legolas and Gimli)
... with my six-year-old. She gets scared sometimes, and has a million questions, and is loving it. Reminds me how much I love the movies, how well they express the imaginary world in my head. I notice new things every time, like Merry waking up in Fangorn, Gandalf's grey Lorien cloak, Saruman telling Wormtongue that he smells of horse, and Aragorn setting Brego loose because he's seen too much of war (yes, we are watching the extended version, is there any other?).

This year at ORC, I bought a wrap made from the same woven wool as the Lorien cloaks -- it has a gorgeous curving moire pattern that I simply can't see on my TV. I didn't notice it in the theatres either. A case where the New Zealand quality was so subtle that it fuzzed out on film :-(

Was talking to Mr. M. about Tolkien and backstory and my annoyance with Feanor for making outrageous oaths. You'd think someone that long-lived would be more careful about oaths, but t'husband pointed out that in most mythologies, gods tended to do stupid stuff like that. We decided that Feanor was the George W. Bush of Elves :-/
msilverstar: (ian and peter)
I just finished watching Fellowship with the kidlet (had to hug her tight during the scary bits) and oh, the wonder, it's still there for me too. Yay!

So. I've been collecting icons for a little while, [ profile] lotricons is very useful this way, as is [ profile] fileg's wonderful Gryphonsmith site (click on LJ Icons and then "Tolkien") on the left. The Ian and Peter one on this post is by [ profile] fileg and I <3 it muchly. And I have some icon space left, I was inspired to finally upload them.

Cut to avoid bombarding you with gorgeousness )

But this one last one is too neat to cut. It's from Tolkien's heraldic device for Earendil, by [ profile] swanboat_icons -- go see the rest, they're beautiful!
msilverstar: (aragorn)
I first read Lord of the Rings of when I was nine, and didn't really understand it, especially the end. Then I read it again when I was twelve and fell in love with it.

When I was thirteen, I was camping in the back yard of my house in LA with my best friend. We were both smart nerdy girls and talked incessantly about The Trilogy. We were listening to the local science fiction radio show, "Hour 25," when they reported that JRR Tolkien had died. It's still a very vivid memory for me.

The films make me so happy -- they're not perfect, but they are so close I can live with it. I think (hope) Tolkien would be pleased.


2003-12-17 08:29 am
msilverstar: (aragorn)
non-spoilery ROTK appreciation )

note: icon from the poster, it's been out for months, don't freak, OK?
msilverstar: (leaf)
From The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien:

The utter stupid waste of war, not only material but moral and spiritual, is so staggering to those who have to endure it. And always was (despite the poets) and always will be (despite the propagandists) -- not of course that it has not is and will be necessary to face it in an evil world.

(Letter to Christopher Tolkien, 30 April 1944)

For we are attempting to conquer Sauron with the Ring. And we shall (it seems) succeed. But the penalty is, as you will know, to breed new Saurons, and slowly turn Men and Elves into Orcs. Not that in real life things are as clear cut as in in a story, and we started out with a great many Orcs on our side.

(Letter to Christopher, 6 May 1944)
msilverstar: (aragorn)
I've been reading LOTR to my 12-year-old son off and on for a year or so. He likes all kinds of fantasy and reads to himself all the time, we're both very fast readers, but this is special for both of us. The language, images, personalities and events are much more intense when w hear them (or read them) if you're a natural skimmer. I'm enjoying it so very much, though I've read the trilogy 10 or 15 times before.

D. is pretty sensitive to suspense, he freaked out about the Nazgul in the book and had to leave the theatre when watching FOTR. So I'm following the movie example and switching back and forth between Rohan and Mordor. We made it through the Dead Marshes, the Black Gate, and on to Henneth Annûn, but he's got a cold so tonight so we're back to Rohan and the beginning of Helm's Deep. He was impressed by the battle scenes, says that if the movie has more fighting, it must be a huge amount.

I was tickled to find that the postern gate that Aragorn and Gimli go out of to defend the main gate is in the book. However, according to canon, it's Aragorn and Eomer, no dwarf tossing, though Gimli shows up to keep Eomer alive during an orc ambush.

Reading LOTR out loud is one of my great pleasures these days. I'm not looking forward to helping my kid deal with Cirith Ungol, though. It's nice to have a sensitive empathic BOY but sometimes he just can't cope.
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