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What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings vs. What J.R.R. Tolkien Said

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings vs. What J.R.R. Tolkien Said

Who here had the great fortune to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as required reading in high school? I did! But I read the novels and some connected works several more times afterwards. And I realized what teachers say about The Lord of the Rings contradicts what J.R.R. Tolkien said about his masterpieces.

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings – The Sorrowful Summary

Teachers have probably edited many great, adequate, and poor student summarizations to this 20th century masterpiece. And I cringe to hear the watered-down significance to this work, concerning both the plotline and the linguistics. However, the hastily-written summaries also help to explain the misapplied meaning behind the novels.

A summary from an uninterested literary student may read as follows: The Lord of the Rings is the fight between good and evil. Hobbits, elves, dwarves are on the good side. Orcs, wizards, and men are on the bad side. Some wizards and men can be good. There’s a ring that could destroy the world, so a group fights to destroy the ring. After a lot of fighting and traveling, the good guys win.

Terrible, miserable, and unacceptable! Anyone who writes such a summarization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s painstakingly detailed fantasy-world should fail the class. Yet, please consider, with this example now placed in mind, the wholly inaccurate meaning behind what teachers say about The Lord of the Rings.

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings – The Made-Up Meaning

The Lord of the Rings symbolizes World War II.”

No! Wrong! Have you read his second edition’s Forward?! J.R.R. Tolkien specifically stated within his 1966 Forward to The Lord of the Rings that his work symbolized something wholly other than World War II (WWII). Don’t believe me? Let me show you:

As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected branches: but its main theme was settled from the outset by the inevitable choice of the Ring as the link between it and The Hobbit. The crucial chapter, ‘The Shadow of the Past’, is one of the oldest parts of the tale. It was written long before the foreshadow of 1939 had yet become a threat of inevitable disaster, and from that point the story would have developed along essentially the same lines, if that disaster had been averted. Its sources are things long before in mind, or in some cases already written, and little or nothing in it was modified by the war that began in 1939 or its sequels.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

For those who grew up thinking J.R.R. Tolkien intended to symbolize WWII with his Middle Earth, please read the above carefully. This awe-inspiring author simply wrote for his own enjoyment. With the possible exception being….

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings –  The Untold Meaning

Far be it from me to say J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to symbolize God, the Devil, and Everything Inbetween. For this, I myself, at this point in time, struggle to see within the novels. However, based on an additional chapter within the second edition’s Forward, I can see where people draw this conclusion.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about how he had begun forming Middle Earth, and all its rich history, during his childhood. His childhood was war-stricken (from World War I) and desolate (from the London bombings). With so much destruction around him, it’s remarkable to see how this childhood genius made it into something wonderful.

With J.R.R. Tolkien’s text note in mind, I will continue to read The Lord of the Rings and lookout for similarities between his childhood beliefs and his adulthood beliefs compared to the text. Please join me on this journey. And, hopefully, we’ll reach the end before Amazon’s Middle Earth comes to our screens.

Our Journey to Find Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Our Journey to Find Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition) topped my wish list for this year’s Black Friday sales. For the past couple years, Alex has spoiled me with play money to spend during the year’s largest shopping day. And this year, like any married woman, I euphorically took the opportunity to spend the money!

Why  The Lord of the Rings  Trilogy (Extended Edition) Topped the Wish List

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Alex and I on the Journey

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and its inhabitants first entered my life at the tender age called my tweens. Wondering why my father so highly recommended this seemingly odd, fantastical series, I started with reading The Fellowship of the Ring. First I learned to love the simple, sweet hobbits, then the adventure (“quest, thing”) began. And I soon found myself completely enraptured with Tolkien’s world.

Does this story ring true for anyone else? Friends from my college years had similar stories with how they came upon The Lord of the Rings, so I imagine many people who stumble across this post have similar stories. Consequently, once Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy arrived in the theaters – three movies wholly and accurately based on the beloved books – the audience was primed and ready.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Avoiding dangers on the Journey

Everyone had already seen The Lord of the Rings in theater and bought the theatrical movies. But Peter Jackson had a secret up his sleeve: Additional movie magic, regarding Tolkien’s characters, as found only in The Lord of the Rings extended edition movies!

Everyone who had the money soon owned one, two, or all three extended editions, for the producers sold them individually for many years. I, and the man whom I would one day call my husband, didn’t have the funds for these amazing movies. For they were amazingly expensive. That is, until the time when Black Friday extended into Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and Best Buy sold The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition) at nearly half the price!

Our Journey to Find  The Lord of the Rings  Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Traveling through windy roads

The time had come to destroy the One Ring, otherwise known as the inhibition that prevented me from fully excavating Tolkien’s Middle Earth. For The Lord of the Rings theatrical movies only provided the most essential parts to the Fellowship’s journey. The extended edition provided more detail on the good and bad characters in Tolkien’s world.

Knowing this, I performed a secret search online to see if anyone sold all three movies in one package on Black Friday weekend. Walmart, eBay, and Best Buy all showed to carry The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition). However, the top rated sellers on eBay had sold out. And though Walmart carried the movie package at a good price, Best Buy proved to have the better deal.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Arrived at our final destination

I resisted the urge to spend the money as long as I could. But with Alex tempting me to go out and shop, we both caved-in on Sunday afternoon. Our luck had almost run out. Only one Best Buy location near us still had The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition). Wishing for the best, we quickly ran out the front door and jumped into the car.

Since we didn’t want to sit in traffic, we used back roads to find our way to this particular store. Alex revealed his exemplary journey skills on this spontaneous trip, driving through windy roads and avoiding dangerous drivers. Therefore, after a journey through unexplored lands, we found the solution to my dilemma: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)! Now I can explore Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions)
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition) as found only at Best Buy!

Do you have the Extended Movie Edition for The Lord of the Rings? Do the extra storylines make them worthwhile to you? Are you excited for Amazon’s series on Middle Earth to come out? Please comment below!

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings – Why This Presents an Ethical Dilemma

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings – Why This Presents an Ethical Dilemma

Cue the funeral dirge. For a company, which entertains complete disregard for the Christian faith, has acquired certain rights to Tolkien’s work. That’s right: Amazon bought the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings.

Why Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings

We Christians cannot fully blame Jeff Bezos for acquiring the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. For the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien Trust had presented these rights to him, as well as to other companies with wholly different views than J.R.R. Tolkien. Jeff Bezos merely presented the most attractive monetary agreement.

Why Amazon bought the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings requires little speculation: Jeff Bezos wanted more money. Whatever he paid for the right to televise The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) must have appeared as small change compared to the calculations for how much a LOTR miniseries would gain in profit. Jeff Bezos simply saw a great opportunity handed to him.

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings and What It Said About the Tolkien Estate and Trust

Declaring Jeff Bezos as the only greedy investor in this deal denies the greed working behind the Tolkien Society. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was wildly successful, and the Tolkien Society decided they wished for more such financial successes. A simple conclusion based on the common transactions and deals performed among organizations around the world.

Since Amazon bought the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, Christians need to pray for God’s help. Because if the Christian messages in the LOTR trilogy are to remain intact, God must perform a miracle. For it seems the Tolkien Society chairmen care little about the faith elements which J.R.R. Tolkien incorporated into his work.

Ethical Dilemmas Behind the Deals When Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings

Why do I conclude the Tolkien Society cares little about J.R.R. Tolkien’s faith? I came to this conclusion because, based on international news found on the Internet and in the Wall Street Journal, Jeff Bezos supports causes that oppose Christian beliefs. To me, selling global television rights to The Lord of the Rings to a man who disregards God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit seems like folly.

To maintain the integrity behind The Lord of the Rings, and remain faithful to the remarkable Christian author, we must hope Jeff Bezos instructs his crew to stay true to the books. Making Tolkien’s beloved characters perform in ways defiant to what is right and true would skew the beauty in J.R.R. Tolkien’s messages. As would also be true if the evil characters performed kind acts.

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings and We’re Going to Watch It

As a general rule, my family never buys from Amazon, unless someone presents us with a gift card. However, even spending someone else’s money given to Amazon feels wrong and dirty. Why? Amazon supports causes, such as gay marriage, that the Holy Bible informs Christians to recognize as an abomination. Therefore, we, as Christians, generally refuse to support liberal organizations when they adamantly hate us for our beliefs.

In this particular case, I will make an exception. Since this blog focuses predominantly on British food and British flicks, I will find someone who has an Amazon Prime TV and watch the LOTR miniseries with them. Then, hopefully, I will be able to report to my readers how Amazon remained true to the stories. Though, I highly doubt such will happen.

Who is excited for Amazon acquiring the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings? Do you think Amazon will do well and skew the story only slightly? Or do you think Amazon will use this opportunity to demean J.R.R. Tolkien’s work?