July 17, 2001
Movies and Maps
An insider question on this month's e!online's 'Force of
Hobbit' has raised an interesting question, that I felt was rather poorly answered.
How will the geography and lay of the land of Middle Earth be portrayed in the movies? I
remember that when I read the books I frequently referred to the maps to sort out who was
where in relation to what.
Obviously location names probably won't be as prominent in the movies (dang) but in quite
a few instances the relationships of the various locations is important, especially East
of the Misty Mountains, when the travels of the fellowship gets far more circuitous and
Perhaps you and I know that the Anduin runs mainly north-south, and that Rohan and
Isengard are to its West, Mordor to its East, and Gondor right in the middle. But will the
casual viewer pick this up?
I would prefer not to see an 'Indiana Jones' style fade-in map with dotted trails, and I
don't think it is in PJ's style, but just how will the viewer know?
Does anyone have a clue, reassurance, or comment?