Item description for How We Became Middle-earth by Adam Lam...
Following the release in 2001 of the first film of Peter Jacksons adapted trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a wave of Ring Fever swamped the world, with reprints of the novel, guidebooks, Internet sites, memorabilia and toys, video and computer games, location tours and extended DVDs. Taking a Cultural Studies perspective, this collection of essays examines the cultural issues generated by Tolkiens novel and Jacksons films. In particular, by applying a variety of cultural, media and literary theories, the essays in this collection attempt to answer the question: How did we become Middle-earth? Topics covered range from fan culture in an age of IT, globalization, transnational capitalism and consumerism to the local socio-political implications of the Rings tale, and the formation of a Middle-earth in our real (or, as argued by the French philosopher Jean Beaudrillard, our no longer real but hyperreal) world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.54 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2007
Publisher Walking Tree Publishers
ISBN 3905703076 ISBN13 9783905703078
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Globalized Commentary Nov 30, 2007
While some of the essays are excessively intellectual, some are excellent. I recall taking a college course dealing with cinema in the 1970's, and idly thinking about the possibilities of making The Lord of the Rings into a movie. It took me about 30 seconds to weigh the project in my mind and conclude it could not be done in a film under 10 hours; turns out I was right, but I then concluded the film would never be made, and in that I was wrong. Peter Jackson's vision and determination spread throughout the world geographically and intellectually, and the intellectual aspects come to the fore in this collection. Note that I may be biased....
William C. Jerome, creator of the doodle on page 220.