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Post by chris63 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:33 am

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:00 pm

Thanyou for that Chris. Highly enjoyable watch. Shame they only thought to get the ideas of those at Oxford (that lot are running this country now!!) and one angry working class guy. And Tolkien himself comes across as a rather loveable old eccentirc don, funny how some people seem suited to their role in life.
And nice to see even Tolkien can make mistakes trying to write in elvish. Very Happy

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:03 pm

That was really wild Very Happy Thanks for posting it, chris!

Pettytyrant101 wrote:and one angry working class guy

What made you think he was working class? I assumed they included him to show the intellectual anti-escapism response to Tolkien that cropped up at Oxford and elsewhere when the books became popular (and that is still carried on today by people who think art or entertainment should serve some greater "purpose").
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:10 pm

Time period mainly. His manner of speaking, his stance on Tolkien's work are all very common of a working class leftwing intillectual type that was prolific during the 60' and especially the 70's in the UK (asuming we are talking about the same guy, with the moustache -if that narrows it down much). If he wasn't of that class himself then he was using their language.

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:15 pm

I think we're talking about the same guy, and you would certainly no more about that than me. Smile I suppose I was a bit hasty in associating him with the modern American (faux-)intellectual/entertainment snobbery-ists who I'm used to. Razz
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:20 pm

Well he was better than the upper class sympathisar who managed to miss the point and see the peoples of Mordor as the repressed masses whilt the elitist hobbits live the good life. (bit of class guilt seeping out there! )Very Happy

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Post by Tinuviel on Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:43 am

That was awesome!!! He even mentioned my quote below! I love how quirky he was; he seemed to be in his head the whole time. And that guy with the glasses seemed scared of an escape to me. I laughed at the Gandalf for president pin Laughing crazy hippies....

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Post by Saradoc on Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:22 pm

Watched this a while back on the BBC archive. Here's a link for anyone interested- obviously you won't be interested in the Tolkien video as Chris has put the video up- but they have quite a lot of videos and stuff on other authors who you may be interested in!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers/12237.shtml

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Re: Tolkien in Oxford

Post by Orwell on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:17 am

chris63 wrote:With video

http://vimeo.com/27000381

Wow! I say: WOW! How do I miss these things? (All through the joy of watching this I had a sick feeling in my stomach thinking about what PJ did to Lord of the Rings - and what he's going to do to The Hobbit).

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Post by chris63 on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:49 pm

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Post by Orwell on Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:27 am

Nice article.  Very Happy

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Post by Bluebottle on Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:40 pm

This is Tolkien somewhere. Though I'm not sure it's in Oxford.  Shrugging 


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Re: Tolkien in Oxford

Post by Mrs Figg on Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:20 pm

Pettytyrant101 wrote:Thanyou for that Chris. Highly enjoyable watch. Shame  they only thought to get the ideas of those at Oxford (that lot are running this country now!!) and one angry working class guy. And Tolkien himself comes across as a rather loveable old eccentirc don, funny how some people seem suited to their role in life.
And nice to see even Tolkien can make mistakes trying to write in elvish. Very Happy


hmm I think it was one angry lower middle class guy pretending to be working class. I think now he probably cringes when he watches himself.  Laughing 
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:38 pm

Someone over on ToRN posted this looked interesting-


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Post by halfwise on Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:43 am

Cool! I've tried to get that on netflix with no luck.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:07 am

I just watched the Two Towers one- apart from some of the illustrative artwork being horrific- weird pig faced orcs and the like, the actual content is surprisingly good for its obvious cheapness.

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Post by Eldorion on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:33 am

That's pretty funny. Who knew Graham McTavish hosted Tolkien docs in his pre-Hobbit days? Very Happy
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Post by Eldorion on Fri May 15, 2015 3:26 pm

That was a very interesting article, Chris. Thanks for posting it. Smile It's been a while since I've done any serious reading on the Inklings.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Fri May 15, 2015 9:42 pm

Agreed- that was a good and interesting read- cheers Chris. Thumbs Up

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Post by chris63 on Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:03 am

Peter Jackson comes to Tolkien’s Oxford
In his first-ever visit to the University where Tolkien first conceived Middle-earth a century ago, the acclaimed director tells how he’d feel if the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author could see his blockbusting movie adaptations.

http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/culture/events/peter-jackson-comes-tolkien’s-oxford

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Post by chris63 on Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:26 am

Not sure if i'v posted this before.

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Post by azriel on Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:02 pm

Dont know if you did Chris but, it was still interesting to read it Smile After all, you can get a bit fed up with dessert & no meat pie Very Happy

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Post by Eldorion on Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:05 pm



Reading that this was taken at Tolkien's home on Northmoor Road in Oxford but I can't confirm that offhand.
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Post by azriel on Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:14 pm

Everyone's granddad Very Happy I do love these warm, personal photo's. Puts your feet back on the ground.

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