huinare: (crystalline ii)
In the course of my occasional googling to see what's holding up the revival of the Lord of the Rings musical (there was originally large text promising us this revival in 2015, which has given place to a vague "COMING SOON", on the website), I noticed a thing.

There is an old discussion thread about the musical, including a review by Mithalwen near the bottom of the page. Apparently Gildor and Glorfindel are both women in the musical version, the former having a different name.

This sounds like something somone should write a badass femslash fic about! Not my niche, but it's just screaming for someone to write it, IMHO.
huinare: (curumo)
Soon I shall hopefully be remembering to make the 9pm toast to the Professor, on his birthday. This being so close to the new year, it seems a good occasion for reflection upon some fannish stuff.

- I have not been very good about supporting my fellow tertiary-world writers this past year. Some people probably know I had a sort of fannish meltdown closer to the start of 2014, right around the time I was also a B2MeM mod, didn't fulfill my B2MeM writing prompt and pulled only minimal moderatorly duties, etc. This general trend largely persisted throughout the year, due to a comination of RL and discovering what my limits are as far as attempting to participate in fandom outside of LJ and the SWG. It's too late to go back and amend that, but I hope to do a bit better in 2015.

- For almost as long as I can remember, I've had characters living in my head. Sometimes they have almost literally been all I had. They used to be my own characters invented from scratch. Since 2007, they've been my versions of Tolkien's (usually minor) characters. Though in a way these are still my own, my precious, and I'm sure I have used them in ways he would not always have condoned, I owe their existence to this now-deceased pipe-smoking philologist. Even though I haven't written much this year, they are always there, having adventures and mishaps I've yet to put down in words, grudingly channeling my interests and emotions in appropriate symbolic ways that help me to maintain my outward sanity, and sometimes offering instructive thoughts on how to better myself (or serving as unhappy exemplars of what not to do).

- I'm not precisely the hugest Jackson!film fan these days, but I have Peter Jackson's particular brand of fannishness and its results to even thank for the fact that I'm thanking the Professor now. I saw all three of the first trilogy in the theatres with an esrtwhile boyfriend. Thankfully, that philanderer is long gone from my life, but technically, the films are not, since they first prompted me to read the books (which I admittedly found to be very slow going the first time around). Due to Sir Lee's portrayal, the subtleties of which did not escape me, I was a Saruman sympathizer before I even read the books; to be perfectly frank, I'd found out about the character's pre-wizard history via the interwebs well before I even read up to the point where he actually appears in The Two Towers (I think I read TTT in 2005 or so). This probably explains, well, a lot, come to think of it.
huinare: (curumo ii)
If I understand correctly (based upon the really inadequate in-browser translations and my limited grasp of the orthography), a Russian entity at some point in the recent past--or possibly present--made a musical of the Russian fanfic The Black Book of Arda?
Just linking to my tumblr thing for simplicity's sake.

I have been cursing loudly in my intrigued befuddlement for the past hour or so.
huinare: (hobbit)
If anyone hasn't yet seen the trailer, which premiered via the Hobbit films' official FB page earlier today, behold:



My thoughts on the trailer.
wheee )

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Right after viewing the trailer, I ran into the fan film The Hunt for Gollum on youtube, so I went ahead and watched that.  I can't recall if I watched it before--I must really not have been in the mood for it, if I did, apparently--although I knew of its existence.  While I was bored for the first ten minutes or so, I ended up quite liking it.  For regular shmucks on a budget, it's quite a decent piece of work.  I actually really loved their orcs, they still looked orcish but not monstrous (I realize this is probably just a function of not having a massive makeup and wardrobe budget, but I liked it).  My biggest complaint is that these folks, who are clearly talented, could have made it their own thing instead of trying to pretend they're making Peter Jackson's films.  It does suffer a lot from that "oh, cheap copy of Peter Jackson's work," which I find jarring as a viewer.  If you've seen it, what are your thoughts?

huinare: (drama!)
I've just finished going through my old youtube account to see what I should transfer to my better-organized new youtube account, and I ran into this clip.

1. I think Mr. Lee's short-term memory is a bit on the out?  Not that I'm judging, I'm like 1/3 his age and I left my keys in the front door the other day and a passing neighbor luckily alerted me instead of stealing them...
2. He mentions all five wizards BY NAME, you guys, even the Ithryn Luin.  Christopher Lee is the coolest Tolkien geek ever.
3. 1:25, when he says "Gandalf!" his expression is quite comical.
4. I love both Mr. Lee and the character he portrays, but I'm going to have to disagree with him about some points concerning Saruman:
  - Saruman was not "a good man" during the time of The Hobbit.  Not that he was necessarily "a bad man" either, but both statements would be oversimplifying things.
  - "Tolkien never explained, to the best of my knowledge, in any of the books, how it was that Saruman went [...] from good to evil."  Really?  Jealousy, power hunger, impatience, urge to prove himself, those all seem evident enough just from the trilogy, never mind the broader canon (not that I've given this more thought than a sane person would).
huinare: (i am the dragon!!)
if you haven't already caught this bit of Hobbity news, there has come to light a particularly noisome little film adaptation from the 1960's.

"We were well into the Hobbit screenplay when The Lord of The Rings came out in paperback editions. Having assumed there was only The Hobbit to contend with, and following Snyder's wish, we had taken some liberties with the story that a few years later would be grounds for burning at the stake."

This makes the Rankin-Bass version look like gold. Actually, I hold that the Rankin-Bass version does have its redeeming qualities. Of which this thing has none at all, unless it be the biggest, baddest crossbow EVER.

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