Here, my fellow Tolkien fans, is my review of The Return of the King. Produced by Rankin Bass and Studio Ghibli predecessor Topcraft, this television special aired May 11, 1980 as a very unofficial sequel to Bakshi’s The Lord of the Rings, which only covered Fellowship and most of Two Towers…
If your sole familiarity with The Lord of the Rings is with the Peter Jackson film trilogy, then you probably only know Aragorn son of Arathorn as the handsome, brooding, scruffy loner with the broken sword who looked so dorky in that crown at the end of the third movie, of which he is the titular character. But there’s a huge backstory behind Aragorn, and this article will fill you in on the basics.
This week in Middle-earth history: Gollum arrives in the Woodland Realm; Dol Guldur is razed; the mallorn at Bag End flowers.
Author JRR Tolkien believed that we each have a great sacrifice to make, for the betterment of all humanity. Frodo bore the Ring, for the sake of The Shire; Aragorn walked the Paths of the Dead, for the sake of the Free Peoples; and I watched Rankin/Bass Productions’ 1977 animated television production of “The Hobbit,” for you, my readers.
This week in Middle-earth history: Frodo and Sam capture Gollum in the Emyn Muil; Aragorn is born; the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen; Isengard destroyed.
A psychiatrist and a group of medical students at the Royal Free & University College Medical School in London have diagnosed Gollum, the wretched creature from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, with schizoid personality disorder.
The production situation for Guillermo del Toro’s two-part The Hobbit adaptation has become clearer in the last week, as it appears that various media and online reports relied too much on casual comments made over the last year by del Toro and executive producer Peter Jackson, rather than official announcements by New Line Cinema.
Tolkien movie fans were dismayed to learn this week that production on the two-part The Hobbit feature film will not begin in March 2010, as was previously announced. Producer Peter Jackson told a German film site that principal photography on the Lord of the Rings prequel will not begin until mid-2010 at the earliest.