[quote]Originally posted by Simple Ranger:
<strong>I think one of the bigger Tolkein v. Lewis fueds was due to Tolkein's attitude toward Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. He thought they were: 1) A rip-off of his stuff 2) too simplistic 3) too religious.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Ah. The Narnia books certainly don't try terribly hard to hide their Christian message. I do find it interesting that so many people note a Christian message in LOTR. Tolkien was a religious man, a Christian, but his intent in writing LOTR was to provide England with a mythology along the lines of the Scandinavian pagan mythologies, something it never had due to historical events (i.e. it got invaded a lot
). Anyway, enough of that else this'll end up in Fireside Chat.
[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>Whether or not English should be taught in college literature programs. Big stakes -- English was previous only taught as a dramatic subject, not literature. Lots of academics in a huff... Bookish people squable over the strangest things, kinda like AI.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Interesting. Thank you. I'm kind of jealous that simple events - Lewis and Tolkien going for a walk
and discussing things - in some people's lives can become part of known history. I don't think any of my discussions while walking with friends will ever be recorded in the annals of history. Or any discussions at AI.
[quote]Originally posted by Scott:
<strong>Trailer got me going too. Saw it at Harry Potter. Not a bad movie BTW.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Harry Potter was fun! I particularly liked Kenneth Branagh's hamming. And little Ginny Weasley's as cute as a button. I saw an interview with the girl that plays Hermione, and she was mortified at having to shoot the scene at the end where she runs up and hugs Harry. She demanded that it only be shot once.
[quote]<strong>IMO The first movie could have had gollum stocking them a bit more. Reading the book you know that he follows for quite a while. It seems to me that they could have just added a short short scene where you see something in the river.</strong><hr></blockquote>
I don't know if it's true or not, but apparently if you look very closely at the left eye of the right hand king sculpture thing, you can see Gollum sitting on his lower eyelid.
[quote]Originally posted by spaceman_spiff:
<strong>I planned to reread the first book this past summer and I still haven't. I need to get cracking.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Betcha can't finish The Two Towers before the movie opens.