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Blecch -- HATE the new posting interface. Way too 70s looking with the rounded corners, and all those little fields make me feel as though I'm filling out a form. NOT what I am wanting when I go to share brilliant insights with flist. Thank goodness for "switch to old version."

I see that C.S. Lewis is being honored -- or, I should say, honoured -- with a memorial in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, right up there with Shakespeare, Chaucer, Kipling, Samuel Johnson et al. I'm pleased for old Jack, but my gruntle is more than a little dissed by the fact that, really, Tolkien should have gotten the hono(u)r first. I just don't see how ten transparent Christian allegories, no matter how lovely and pleasant to read*, top the incredibly rich and detailed world that Tolkien created, complete with millennia of myth, legend and history and at least four different languages, not to mention a cracking good quest narrative. Nevertheless, congrats, old boy.

Speaking of Tolkien, of course we all know that the opening of The Hobbit is now only two weeks away, and Mr Psmith and I have already bought our tickets for the midnight opening (I haven't been to a midnight opening in I-will-not-admit-how-long and am almost ridiculously excited about it). In honor of The Big Day, a_execution posted an interesting discussion of several of Tolkien's characters which you might be interested in.

Alas, no matter how long I live, I fear my reaction to movie!Legolas will be forever colored by the hilarious Very Secret Diary of Legolas ("still the prettiest member of the Fellowship"). Heeeee....

* Not to mention the Problem of Susan


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Dec. 1st, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
I am a Pervy little elf fancier
Dec. 1st, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Mr Psmith's aunt got herself a coffee mug with "Mrs Legolas" on it, so you might have some competition there :D
Dec. 1st, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
I need to get my Hobbit tickets. >.<

I'm falling more on the skeptical side of things, however. I just feel like they're not making the Hobbit so much as hey-let's-draw-this-out-into-three-movies-and-just-through-in-every-remote-plot point-from-the-appendices. The Hobbit is a fun, lighthearted book, much more so than LotR, and I was interested in seeing that story, but I don't think that's what we'll get.
Dec. 1st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that the Hobbit parts will keep the relatively light-hearted tone, and that the connective bits (which I'm assuming will be in the third movie) will sort of bridge the two. Since no one dies in The Hobbit (apart from, you know, bad guys) and literally thousands of people die LOTR (although mostly nameless faceless thousands, apart from the two kings and Boromir), I think you need something to gently ease people from the one into the other. It's like the difference between Sorceror's Stone -- all happy magic where only bad guys die (and even that off-stage, as it were, since Harry passes out) and Deathly Hallows, where we lose George and Hagrid and Moody and Tonks and Lupin and and and and... Quite the bloodbath, so it would be a jolt to go straight from the one to the other!
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