Sunday, April 18, 2021
The Amazon Lord of the Rings series hype just keeps getting bigger. It now appears that it’s going to be one of the most-expensive TV show ever: $465 million to produce Season One alone.
And what’s even better: It appears it can’t go woke, at least not much. The rules of engagement prohibit it (maybe the Tolkien estate was so disgusted by Hobbit movie debacle (the “Hobacle?”) and its inclusion of a heroine female elf, that it took a firm line on this one?):
“The Tolkien Estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered. Sauron invades Eriador, is forced back by a Númenorean expedition, is returns to Númenor,” Tom Shippey, a Tolkien scholar, told the German fansite Deutsche Tolkien “There he corrupts the Númenoreans and seduces them to break the ban of the Valar. All this, the course of history, must remain the same. But you can add new characters and ask a lot of questions, like: What has Sauron done in the meantime? Where was he after Morgoth was defeated? Theoretically, Amazon can answer these questions by inventing the answers, since Tolkien did not describe it. But it must not contradict anything which Tolkien did say. That’s what Amazon has to watch out for. It must be canonical, it is impossible to change the boundaries which Tolkien has created, it is necessary to remain ‘tolkienian.’”
Friday, April 16, 2021
BYCU: Mojito Time?
I can’t say there’s a lot of drinking on my horizon. I’m still detoxing from Vegas, and I’m rattled with allergies right now, the effects of which mimic COVID symptoms, which makes me persona non grata… Read the rest