THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Last update on May 30, 2016
are already more than 20 years ago that I read «The Lord of the
Rings». In the 1980's it was confidential, and it circulated among
ecologists and communities to nourish their dreams. So if today it has
a big world success, it makes me smile, a little from condescension, and
much because I am sincerely happy to see this marvellous story available
Composed by Howard Shore, played
by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Caution: Dramatic or tragic themes
are dangerous to hear for depressive people.
The Fellowship of the Ring
theme, short, moving and pathetic, links together all the music which
describes the various episode of the first book, pristine nature, lyric
drama or fight, elfic poetry... In «Aniron», the marvellous
elfic voice of Enya
sings Arwen Undomiel's love for Aragorn.
The two towers
The return of the King
With my opinion the big problem with
these movies is that there is too much influence of the fight video games
style (understand in giving much more importance to ugly things than
on nice ones) in place of the epic style of the books. There
is however enough nice things in the books, the songs of the Elves,
the beauty of Rivendel or of the flowery Lorien, that we hoped to see
more. This is my criticism, see here a more
extensive criticism (left menu, see «movie goer's guide»).
The music of Howard Shore is really fantastic, and
it made of these movies a true opera. There is much to bet that if will
remain THE music of Middle Earth. Interventions of other artists such
as the elfish voice of Enya harmoniously enrich this choice. (If somebody
knows how to get the Elves song in the Shire, please tell me)
The casting is good and very likely if we compare
to the books. Their play is convincing and matches well the story. No
doubt that they will remain THE faces of the story. Only criticism,
there are not enough lesser roles. For instance there was no need to
replace Glorfindel by Arwen.
The scenery are also well done and coherent with
the books. But the style is too dark, too grey, not enough light. For instance Edoras is
convincing, but the inhabitants of Rohan and Minas Tirith are really
austere, all dressed in black. We even see Elves in black! The grey
world of Peter Jackson is not that of Middle Earth.
The beauty and poetry of the elvish world, and even
of the Shire, appear only in the first movie of the series, and we no
more find them in the two others. Clearly this was not the main concern
of the movie makers.
The distortions of the story are the obvious defect
of the movies of Peter Jackson. Right, to put a book in a movie always
requires to adapt the story. But not to distort it. The movie maker
can add scenes which have more impact on
the screen that in reading. For instance the Eowyn song, or in the first
movie the very beautiful love scene between Arwen and Aragorn, which
make forget many others on a theme however really worn. We can pardon
benign deformations when the result is staggering, for instance the
army of the deads into the Pelennor Fields. But Peter Jackson goes much
too far, to the point of making the plot uncoherent: Arwen in the place
of Glorfindel, Sarumane manipulating the Caradhras, Elves at Hornburg,
Arwen going to Valinor, Frodon at Osgiliath, Frodon throwing Sam or
falling into the Crack of Doom... all this added to the unavoidable
short cuts of a movie adaptation. It is really a pity, and even sometimes
painful to discover. In place of adding these useless and cumbersome
episodes, it would have be much better to spend time in episodes which
are heavily missing, for instance the adventures of the four hobbits
with Tom Bombadil, perhaps the most picturesque of all what Tolkien
At last all this psychology of TV series which misrepresents
certain characters could have been avoided.It is perfectly ridiculous,
shocking and completely incoherent. In reality, the Elve Arwen has a
pure and uncompromising love, and, in the free world of the Elves, never
Elrond would have tried to make her to change her heart. Aragorn is
not only the heir of the Elve Luthien, but also of the Goddess Melian,
and it is perfectly ridiculous to allot him with the indecision of an
antihero. The Hobbits have benign defects who make them endearing in
their way, without no need to add this craftiness which appears nowhere
in the movie. Boromir the honest is torn by a dilemma worthy of a Greek
tragedy. Faramir is precisely the only man never to be seduced by the
ring, and this places him very far above the teenager psychology allotted
to him in the movie. Treebeard is a being
of a great wisdom, there was no need to laugh of him. The subtle shift
of feelings between Gimli and Legolas is eluded or caricatured, when
Smeagol is analysed in details, as if he was the main character of the
movie. The stress is too much on fighting scenes, and anyway there are
too much shouts and grimaces, even out of battle scenes. All this will
please the adepts of video games, but will be regretted by
all who love Tolkien's world.
We can look at these movies, and even whose who love Tolkien's
world could have pleasure to see them. But it is incredible that such
deformation could have be accepted by criticists! I recommend the long
versions, as long supplements compensate the missing episodes of the
short versions, but without repairing the deformations..
«The Fellowship of the Ring,the best of the
three despite deformations and lapses.
recommenced long version:
by Howard Shore and others.
«The two towers»,
exaggerates the defects of the first.
recommended long version:
by Howard Shore and others.
«The return of the King» goes more logical,
even in keeping with the incoherences of the second.
recommended long version:
by Howard Shore and others
a dream: to do like with Star Wars: in some years the movies of the previous
episodes, Bilbo, see the Silmarilion, With the Valinor Light trees, the
fall of Gondolin, the War of Wrath, the fall of Numenor... But such a
work would have to be done by epic artists, not by video games
(Added in June 2015)
But such a work would had to be done by epic artists, not by video games
fans. At which point some are unable to heed any criticism?
(Added in May 2016:) Well, I still bought the film... just to realise
that it was the first of a new trilogy. And Peter Jackson's dark Elfs
did not enticed me to buy the two others. What I heard or saw on youtube no more.
Part 1: The Community of the Ring
Part 2: The Two Towers
Part 3: The Return of the King
«The Silmarilion» and all the other books
to really understand
the magical world of the Middle Earth. For serious fans, also read: «The adventures of Tom
Bombadil», «The Histories of Middle Earth», «The lost tales»,
which are drafts of the Silmarilion, difficult to read, often
uncompleted or contradictory, but with sometimes more details.
To know more, see
the Encyclopaedia of Arda (Elfic name of
The dream continues...
did you knew, The Middle Earth, It was Europe in Ancient Times, before
the upheavals at the end of the 4th age, which gave it its today aspect,
where it lost nearby all its magic (nearby, heyhey!) So the regions of
Harlingdon and Forlingdon (around the Grey Havens) seems to match with
the today Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany... which could explain that
there are still elfic words in Celtic languages, see peoples with elfic
blood, and elfic voices such as Enya...
The war of the Ring is due to have happened in 4000 BC, (with an uncertainty
of some years) and, curiously, it is at that time that archaeologists
place the beginning of our civilizations. Probably during the 4th Age
the world was bent another time, as it already was at the time of the
fall of Numenor, forbidding any access to any archaeological remnant of
the first 4 ages. Tolkien himself stated that we probably entered the
7th Age in 1945, at the fall of the great enemy at that time. But, if
we do no more meet the material appearance of sauron today, his spirit
is still here, and his influence is still visible on weak minds who still
try to grasp on the world to bring us all into darkness. I even see a
kind of new ring, with 239 nucleons, you see what I mean, bringing incredible
power and danger, indestructible except in the fire which created it...