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December 27, 2000
& Silmarillion via Film?
One must take great pains to realise that there is not a single chance that we (all Tolkien fans) could possibly agree, even partially, on any particular rendering of the Lord of the Rings into film, or any other medium other than that in which they already have shape.
While Jackson's film is his interpretation, we (all Tolkien fans once more) are so excited that we (I don't think I need to use these pesky parantheses again...) are getting the chance to see this magnificent tale unfold before us, visually, that we want everything perfect, or near perfect. This is, of course, why there is so much argument over tiny detail, because our Tolkien ideals are all different--especially when it comes to small aspects of the books.
What one must realize that producing these films in any form is already impossible enough, let alone trying to please every single Tolkien Purist alive. One must also realize that the only way to truly get a 'pure' movie is to revive (resurrect, clone, etc) Tolkien and have him make it! Of course, that's nowhere near feasible--but neither is pleasing everyone. (Besides, we already know that he has Bakshi's Blunder to show him what NOT to do--at least take solace in that!)
Regarding The Silmarillion:
One would have to make at least 7 films. The first would have to cover everything from the Ainulindale to the Elves awakening at Cuivienen. A good other film would cover the time that the Elves spent in Aman, and their flight to Middle Earth. The Lay of Leithien (Beren and Luthien) would make another large movie, as well as Narn i Hin Hurin (The Tale of the Children of Hurin, mostly Turin Turambar's life.). I'm sure two more films would be neccessary to cover everything else up until the end of The Second Age.
Then another movie to cover the Akallabeth would have to be
made--now you've got as many movies as there are books in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of
(AHHH!!! Jackson would be older than Tolkien before he finished...)