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November 18, 2011 6:08 AM   Subscribe


 
Lol @ weathertop.
posted by nathancaswell at 6:19 AM on November 18, 2011


Can't wait for the book!
posted by schmod at 6:19 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


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It was fine until they ruined it with the gratuitous helicopter shot.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:30 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can't believe the Tolkien Sarcasm Page is still around. Wonderful! Don't miss their review of the Bakshi cartoon version.
posted by Gordafarin at 6:46 AM on November 18, 2011


This is some of Smeed Radbegast's finest work!
posted by Mister_A at 6:48 AM on November 18, 2011


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Battle scenes are totally weak!
posted by Samizdata at 6:49 AM on November 18, 2011


I like the idea (and was hoping for something along the lines of the 1951 Raiders of the Lost Ark and the 1954 Ghostbusters) but the execution here is indifferent. How hard is it to find someone who can do a passable Bogart or Peter Lorre imitation? These are the impersonator's equivalent of hopscotch. And really, this cries out for use of the late fifties sword 'n' sandal epics, not noirish '40s clips with bad dubbing.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:21 AM on November 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Everything old is new again.
posted by crunchland at 7:42 AM on November 18, 2011


So goddamn good.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:45 AM on November 18, 2011


Great, now we have to sit through the wings/no wings debate about the Balrog again.
posted by Asimo at 8:00 AM on November 18, 2011


One of the major things I miss about being 12 was all the Web 1.0 sites about Tolkien. I used to sit there for hours, waiting for Ted Naismith illustrations to load on dial-up, so I could print them out at an obscene low dpi and tape them on my walls.
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:47 AM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


One of the major things I miss about being 12 was all the Web 1.0 sites about Tolkien. I used to sit there for hours, waiting for Ted Naismith illustrations to load on dial-up, so I could print them out at an obscene low dpi and tape them on my walls.

Nostalgia's weird. Not to diminish your comment/sentiment, but it sounds to me like "One of the things I miss about being 12 was that things sucked."
posted by grubi at 9:04 AM on November 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


No, I agree. One of the things I miss about being 12 is that most of the other people I interacted with on the internet were equally as obsessed with Lord of the Rings as I was and spent all their time in the AOL Lord of the Rings Chatroom RPG-ing as ridiculous amazing elves with names we got from the Lord of the Rings Name Generator found on The Barrow-downs.
posted by ChuraChura at 9:12 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I realized a good while ago that the reason everything seemed so much more awesome when you were a kid wasn't because of some innate child-like sense of wonder that we lose as adults, it's because kids have zero frame of reference. They love the shittiest things, because that's their first contact experience with ANY things. It also explains the musical taste of 13 year olds.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:13 AM on November 18, 2011 [5 favorites]


Yes, but can we agree LOTR is a heckuva book?
posted by grubi at 9:25 AM on November 18, 2011


I realized a good while ago that the reason everything seemed so much more awesome when you were a kid wasn't because of some innate child-like sense of wonder that we lose as adults, it's because kids have zero frame of reference.

Then why do old people have such shitty taste?
posted by swift at 10:23 AM on November 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I can no longer think of fun mashups like these as anything but future bait for Big Media to shut down any website linking to them under SOPA, which, among other problems, lacks any exception for satire. Enjoy it while you can.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:45 AM on November 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nostalgia's weird. Not to diminish your comment/sentiment, but it sounds to me like "One of the things I miss about being 12 was that things sucked."

I mean, on one level, yeah, you're absolutely right-- isn't that what nostalgia's all about? On the other hand, I miss being able to absolutely set my entire life (such as it was when I was 12) aside in an urgent and devoted multi-year quest to immerse myself as deeply in a fictional word as possible, which is kind of really what I was driving at with my comment. I mean I had a map of Middle-Earth over my bed for more than 10 years. The first time I received some money of my very own I spent it on a new copy of LOTR. I miss that sort of thing-- now I spend my Christmas money on bills and am more likely to be on the internet frantically trying to find a way to make my car start again.

it's because kids have zero frame of reference

Well, yes and no. In this case I don't think my zero frame of reference made me think Lord of the Rings was good, because it's still pretty great now even when I have a lot of different frames of reference I can view it through. But it was my lack of frame of reference that made it a source of awe and wonder to me that there were other people out there! On the Interet! That loved it as much as I did!

One of the things I miss about being 12 is that most of the other people I interacted with on the internet were equally as obsessed with Lord of the Rings as I was...

A large part of me really does miss the days when LOTR was like a very-poorly-guarded secret cabal or brotherhood-- not so obscure that you were the only one, but still obscure enough that when you found someone else who'd read all the Appendices you got really excited about it and were forever friends. For a while there it was really in that cultural sweet spot of cult classic but not so cult that you were isolated and ridiculed for loving it. Peter Jackson helping to popularize them was kind of a Faustian bargain, even if we did get a lot of new scholarship and some bangin' movies in the end.

As an aside: ChuraChura I haven't seen that generator in years! Thanks for making my day.
posted by WidgetAlley at 12:39 PM on November 18, 2011


Er, that should be Internet, not Interet. Apparently my coffee intake has not been sufficient this afternoon.
posted by WidgetAlley at 12:41 PM on November 18, 2011


Pacing was too slow.
posted by Relay at 1:11 PM on November 18, 2011


coda - sauron sits dejected in a car, half-drunk and sorrowful

"i coulda been a contender"
posted by pyramid termite at 5:40 PM on November 18, 2011


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