The LOTR Movie Site
June 21, 2000

Tolkien Wasn't Opposed to a Movie
Brian R.

For all the Tolkien purists who consider alterations and modifications to the LOTR storyline by money-hungry movie producers unbearable, it may be sobering to recall that Tolkien himself was not above sacrificing his imaginative creation on the cold, hard alter of cash. Following is an excerpt from p.256 Humphrey Carpenter's biography, "Tolkien:"

"By this time {1958] it was clear that The Lord of the Rings was something of an internatoinal 'hot property'. Stanley Unwin [Tolkien's publisher] warned Tolkien that offers would soon be forthcoming for the film rights, and the two men agreed upon their policy: either a respectable 'treatment' of the book, or else a good deal of money."