I suspect this wackiness would be even more enjoyable if I’d actually read Tolkien… Recreations of two epic battles done with candy: Helms Deep and Pelennor Fields.
I’m possibly going to get howled down by rabid Tolkien fans here, but (having read the books many years ago) I think that simply seeing the movies would be suffcient for a “cultural knowledge” of LoTR. When I saw the first of the LOTR movies, I can remember thinking “Good Grief, this incredibly cliched”. Of course the LoTR books are the origin of the cliches, but the movies really felt like every fantasy cliche written large. I would also say that given that the audience for LOTR was well above that for any other fantasy film or book, that the general public “discourse” or “perception” of fantasy is that fantasy is LoTR.
I am not going to say that I am a fan because of the movies. That is a cliche. I am a fan of the writing. I read the book before I saw the movie because my best friend was going to take me but she insisted that I read it. I did not get through the book before we saw the movie though. But, I am more of a fan of the books.
I find it rather terrible that some fans spout off crap that they don’t know anything about. I’ll refer to Strider by one of his oher names, ‘Elessar’ and the go wtf are you talkin about? they don’t believe me when I tell them that Aragorn is Elesar, its another one of his bloody names!!!!!
That’s what I find annoying, these movie fans! aug!
and yes, I know that I misspelled some stuff here.
*They go wtf… *Elessar *other