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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FOTR 'Directors Cut' (aka EE) - sublime

Posted on 2011.06.15 at 16:58

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pearlette
pearlette at 2011-06-16 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
My own passion for the films has long faded, probably because I saw them all soooooooo many times. And the things that irritated me back in 2003 irritate me even more in 2011. So much that PJ did fantastically well, some things that grate on my nerves so badly ...

However, I remember that passion with great fondness. I will always be grateful to PJ for many things, not least for proving such an amazingly immersive cinematic experience ... there is simply nothing else to touch this, nor will there ever be. My favourite book made into an amazingly successful film franchise that still enchants people and keeps them spellbound ... what an achievement! So I'm delighted that the Trilogy still gets a response like this from folk.

Not sure I particularly want to see the films again on the big screen ... but I'd sure like to see the Blue Ray versions. ;) Happily, some friends of mine have 'em.

I saw all three screenings at the Royal Albert Hall with the orchestra playing Howard Shore's score. It was that glorious MUSIC that made the experience so special, and the rapturous response from the audiences at the end of each performance.

I was most moved by FotR. I teared up when the young soprano sang 'Aniron' ... it was just sooo beautiful, as if I were really hearing Elves! I also adore the Moria music. Just ADORE it. And hearing that live ...!

FotR remains my favourite, still, after all these years. RotK is amazing but kinda hectic ... TTT is unwatchable after they Osgiliate. :p

Glad you had such a good time!
pearlette
pearlette at 2011-06-16 18:32 (UTC) (Link)
I forgot to say that driving 165 miles constitutes a major expedition in the UK. :p. As in, if I were driving 165 miles to anywhere, that would be a weekend outing. :p. I'm glad your friend can put you up! :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-06-16 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. Pearl, I LOVE your Edith-as-Luthien icon!!!!
pearlette
pearlette at 2011-06-17 08:55 (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous, isn't it? :) Edith looks so young and pretty. And immortalised!

Made by the wonderful Nerwende, a gifted Finnish fan who made so many exquisite LotR icons back in the golden years.

http://swanboat-icons.livejournal.com/

She is also, like me, a Snape fan.

Back to Edith: I would like to know more about her. She doesn't seem to have shared in the LotR love much -- maybe because her husband squirrelled himself away so much in his imaginary world or was down the pub with CS Lewis and friends. *rolls eyes* Poor Edith!

And she HATED being an Oxford don's wife. Poor Edith.

I met Tolkien's daughter Priscilla, you know, on my one and only visit to Oxonmoot, in September 2001. Lovely lady. :)
pearlette
pearlette at 2011-06-17 08:56 (UTC) (Link)
Still, there's no doubt that JRRT himself did adore Edith.


Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-06-17 13:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, he did. Although he was aware that his real-life marriage was not so perfectly attuned as his ficitonal one. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-06-17 13:10 (UTC) (Link)
You met Priscilla? Oh, how excellent. :)

Yes, Edith did not seem too happy with life in the guy-shadows, but, from what I *think* I read in a book or essay by Joseph Pearce, whose interest is Catholic convert writers in particular, it may have been an issue of religion, too [I've been doing a lot of Tolkien reading this year, but mostly secondary materials]. I can't remember exactly, but the piece I read made it sound as though Edith felt pressured into becoming a Catholic, having been perfectly happy in the protestant congregation she was in, along with the ties she had there in terms of family and friends, in order to acquiesce to JRRT's urgent desire that she share his faith. I think the essay said that within a few years she clearly did not share his devotion, did not go to mass with him, even on Sundays with JRRT and the children. I'm pretty sure that's what it said. Only after many years, it said, did she reconcile herself to having become a Catholic. So perhaps her dissatisfaction with being Mrs. Tolkien was more than not being included in the male intellectual society and pub camaraderie he loved and thrived in so much. It was not just that she was not welcomed or acceptable to this boy's group, it was being cut off from people and things she had really liked and needed, at his insistence.

Again, I don't know if what I read was actually fact, but I think the author had access to unpublished letters, whence he was getting his material, including a late letter in which Tolkien wrote [to someone] that he regretted bulldozing Edith into converting, since it set back rather than forwarded her acceptance of the faith. Or something like that.
pearlette
pearlette at 2011-06-17 15:25 (UTC) (Link)
That all makes sense to me, from what I've gleaned over the years.

Edith finally seemed to be happy, and more relaxed, when they moved to Bournemouth, in the later years.

I met Joseph Pearce! He was one of 'our' authors, when I worked for HarperCollins Religious. Good times. :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-06-17 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
You met Joseph Pearce? How fun. Or, hopefully it was. I liked a couple of his books enough to buy them. And, yes, Edith did seem happier in later years, apart from declining health. They seem to have weathered the rough times between them very well.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-06-16 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
I will always be grateful to PJ for many things, not least for proving such an amazingly immersive cinematic experience ... there is simply nothing else to touch this, nor will there ever be. My favourite book made into an amazingly successful film franchise that still enchants people and keeps them spellbound ... what an achievement!

This is the heart of it. I envy you that experience at the Royal Albert Hall. This fall I will be seeing my first concert-to-film performance. There still is not one in this neck of the U.S. (and that 165 miles is one dull drive, all the landscape looks the same - Minnesota, which is quite a big state, has very pretty areas, but the part between here and the Cities is dull). But because it is going to be performed this fall in L.A., jan-u-wine has offered to put me up for the event. We'll go see it together. I was thinking of seeing them at Radio City in NYC, but not only is the plane ticket is a pile of money, there'd be the price of costly hotels (even dumps in Manhattan cost a lot) and a bunch of meals. Staying with Jan will make it possible. Yay!
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