Today being the international Tolkien Reading Day, it’s difficult not to mention the upcoming Amazon Lord of the Rings television series. Given some of the type of YouTube channels I’m subscribed too (fantasy/book related), it’s been somewhat difficult for me to not see any news about this TV series. All of which I’ve completely ignored, and will continue to ignore. Primarily so I don’t give myself any positive or negative expectations towards it.
I have a love and hate view towards the Perter Jackson LOTR films. I was under the weather this weekend, and usually one of the things that I do while I’m sick and resting; is to binge watch both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie trilogies. There are times were these films are absolutely cringe worthy, while there are other times were the films visualize the novels extremely well.
For example, when Gandalf tells Pippin the meaning of death, and describes to him Valinor (the divine paradise of the Gods and elves). To me this was one of the very few instances the films beautifully portrayed the true underlying themes of the novel, and not the usual cookie cutter action movie tropes.
All we can do is hope for the best.