Sunday, November 10, 2013 6:04:38 AM
artmunki: I'm right there with you, the Silmarillion reads like a history treatise, incredibly dull and long-winded, and in my recent re-read of the LotR I had to take breaks, the pacing in them are getting rather dated compared to modern fantasy.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 1:34:51 PM
I said this in another post but I met a New Zealander woman who still lived there when they filmed LOTR and was among the citizens employed by them. She said a bunch of them would spend hours cutting pvc tubing into rings that would be painted silver and made into chain mail for the extras in the battle scenes. They would drink beer and cut away, all day long.
I watched the Hobbit 3D again last night and noticed all these things. Looking forward to the next installment when they fight Smaug!
Friday, November 8, 2013 1:58:13 PM
Tiredofnicks - yeah I did try reading The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales after reading LotR as a kid (and The Hobbit before that, of course), but Silmarillion was just *far* too dense for my preteen mind, and Unfinished Tales just didn't make sense, period. I recently read LotR again, with every intention of following up immediately after with the other books, but by the time I started RotK I knew there was no way I`d be able to force myself to keep trudging through even more of these personality-free characters and endlessly tedious and pointless pseudo-historical sycophancy. I have nothing but respect for Tolkien`s work and the extent of his creative efforts, but unfortunately that doesn`t make me enjoy his actual writing to any greater degree.
Friday, November 8, 2013 11:30:01 AM
yeah, add on to my last comment, the Great Hall where the Steward of Gondor festers, the windows are all made with a unique story and picture of the history, in mosaic. Had to make each one specifically. And yet how many of them do we actually see? or pay attention to?
Friday, November 8, 2013 11:27:06 AM
EVERYTHING THEY DO IN THESE MOVIES IS SUPER SUPER DEEP. Like how they have OVER 5,000 individual pieces of armor, each unique, each containing characteristics from the families they're from. The little tricks they do to show the illusion of the Hobbits, the perfect details they do in the White City, and the Tower where the Nazgul reside, all the lore that intertwines everything, Like every Eliphaunt or whatever having their own unique battle scars and equipment, as well as all of the mercenaries being unique. All stuff we don`t see, and yet it`s all there.There`s something crazy about the ghosts too.