January 18, 2015

How Should The Silmarillion Be Filmed?

As I explained in my last post, "What's Next For The Middle-earth Franchise?", it's only a matter of time before The Silmarillion becomes available to filmmakers.  That amount of time could pass very quickly or in several decades.  Nevertheless, we will eventually see tales from the Silmarillion mythology on the big (or small) screen.  During the past month I've thought a lot about The Silmarillion and how it could be successfully adapted.  In the rest of this post I share some of my thoughts on how I think it should be handled and discuss some of the more difficult challenges one very (un)lucky director would have to overcome.

January 13, 2015

What's Next For The Middle-earth Franchise?

After a decade of seeing Peter Jackson's cinematic Middle-earth come to the silver screen it seems as if we've come to the end of the road.  But is it really?  Ever since December rumours have been swirling about a continuation of the Middle-earth Saga.  While these current rumours are probably all false (most of them have spread from people misquoting actors and crew) I can't imagine Warner Brothers will just leave their billion-dollar franchise alone for long.  So where could it all go from here?

January 12, 2015

Gundabad - What was that exactly?

"The Battle of the Five Armies" spoiler warning!

The Battle of the Five Armies surprised me in many ways.  I already dealt with the most jarring embellishment, the Were-worms, in an earlier post.  Now I turn towards that fortress Legolas and Tauriel travelled to in the film.  Unlike the aforementioned worms, Gundabad plays a significant role in the the story of Middle-earth.  However, that role is a bit different in the book(s) than in the movie so in this post I want to take a look at the mountain/fortress as Tolkien described it, uncover its rich history, and compare that to the version Peter Jackson depicted.

Gundabad as seen in "The Battle of the Five Armies"

January 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Tolkien!

On this day in 1892, 123 years ago, one of the greatest authors of modern times was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  His name? J.R.R. Tolkien...