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« Purify our Hearts (a sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent) | Main | Hang on pup, I've got to stop and smell the flowers »

Monday, December 10, 2012


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Tim Chesterton

“There was a scene in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ where they’re in the mines of Moria, and there’s a quiet moment where Gandalf is talking to Frodo about the events of ‘The Hobbit.’

I'm a purist about the books, so I have to note that in Tolkien's actual book, this scene occurs long before the Mines of Moria, back at Bag End in 'The Fellowship of the Ring', chapter 2, before Frodo's journey even starts.

I think it's too bad that so many people nowadays think of the movies as the definitive version of the Lord of the Rings, and not the books, because Jackson actually changed Tolkien's story quite a lot. I'm afraid I'm going to discover he's done the same thing to 'the Hobbit'.

I believe that Tolkien did actually once say that the 'lembas' waybread of the elves (a little can keep you going for a long time) was equivalent to the Eucharist. And of course it's not hard to see Marian parallels in Elbereth.

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