||The LOTR Movie Site
July 28, 2000
A World That Is No More
The story of the man who stole over two hours of original
film footage of The Lord of the Rings compelled me to write a short editorial. I'm afraid
this is going to be a depressing, and unrestrained knock on the state of, not only our
world, but the world of Tolkien-dom as well.
Can you imagine what would happen to the man who stole mithril from the Elves' kingdom? He
would have surely been thrown into a dungeon, much like Thorin and company in The Hobbit.
The man who was recently arrested for the film theft is guilty, surely, of the same crime
as stealing mithril. And what a shame!
The state of the world is thus: "fans" are willing to trespass, even steal, to
become part of the eternal Hollywood flame. It's no longer Middle-earth we're talking
here, it's a hell born and breeding in the hearts of people who don't care about morality,
or justice, or truth. It's a hell paved with little plastic Visa cards and footage
containing possibly the most anticipated movie event of all time.
Did any of the actions of the man caught for theft strike a chord of absolute horror
within you? I was disgusted, and taken aback at how much of this world I hate. The world
of crime and deceit and hate and war and laziness. The Middle-earth I know had
Sauron...and yes, there are still Bill Ferny's too, I'm sure, just itching for the chance
to stick a knife in your back and run to Papa Nazgul.
But the absolute message of this is that Tolkien wrote from experience of a world that is
no more. Where film footage is not stolen, only to be resold at more money than is needed
to feed a third world country (dare I mention that the films themselves could provide
homes for over 13 million in Russia?).
I guess my rantings are just simple and ridiculous...because hey, isn't this how the world
works? Perhaps so, but I, in my simple way, will always hope and wish for the Middle-earth
of Tolkien's day, which thrived on song and gifts of mithril mail, not pocketed millions
by would be theives and their ill-gotten film footage.