1. #2581
    Quote Originally Posted by Tanaria View Post
    As far as looking at the scripts, I didn't hear anything about legalities as they were originally hoping that either Fran or Phillipa would be part of the script writing.
    (I can't remember which one, but I did hear they wanted one of them to join the script writing team and who wouldn't want them? Phillipa managed to write the whole introduction to the FotR and condensed a large ton of work to a few minutes of seriously amazing script work.)

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    The virtue stuff is the least of my issues, but it isn't helping.

    My main issue is that the project seems rushed. We're talking about the Second age - not, the immediate build up to Numenor's fall.
    What about the first King of Numeanor who is Elrond's brother? The Guild of Venturers who came later? Numeanor establishing connections with the Haradrim and building Umbar? Starting with what seems to be, Ar Pharazon and Tar Miriel - it's like so much lore has been glossed over.

    Those events that I have mentioned are so important to what we know in the Third Age. I also don't need to see Durin's Bane in a story revolving around the Second Age as we know he didn't make his appearance until well into the Third Age.

    My question is how much of the Second Age are we actually getting, because I'm seeing a hell of a lot of Third Age stuff, which I was expecting - but not on this level, at this time.
    The answer should be absolutely clear at this point on - The Amazon show has no authorial connection to the original lore (as in, it does not officially continue or expand on its canon) and the showrunners are creating an ORIGINAL fiction that is merely based on/inspired by the work in the books. They're taking material from the appendices and doing their own thing with it.

    It's very clear that what we have with Rings of Power is a non-canonical look at a fictional 2nd Age setting that would be no different from the fictional Middle Earth we explore in Shadows of Mordor or the LOTR Tabletop games. These are all non-canonical takes on expanding the universe, and otherwise have nothing to do with either the PJ movies or the novels.

    I'm not sure why people are still hungup on this being canonical at all. It isn't, and frankly aside from some PR remarks by the producers to make the show sound authentic; everything we know about the show's story is completely new to the entire series. Everything.

    Despite what the hardcore fans actually think, this show isn't made for hardcore Tolkien fans. It's aimed at a much broader, casual audience. It's leaning on its creative liberties more than retaining any level of authenticity. And I'm not putting forth any criticism here either way - I reserve that judgement for when the show arrives; I'm merely pointing out the factual what-we-know about this series, and disarming the expectations around this show somehow being the be-all end-all translation of the 2nd Age from the novels. What this will be is an Amazon Original TV series based on the Lord of the Rings property, that's all.
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  2. #2582
    Quote Originally Posted by Mace View Post
    Most of these shows today don't suck because they are diverse, they suck because they are terrible - and we suspect the reason tehya re terrible is because activists are writing them to insert their messages rather than these studios either hiring actually good writers/creators or giving them the correct time they need to do it well.
    This is very difficult to properly assess.

    I agree that bad writing tends to make for bad shows, whether it has a "message" or not; and good writing tends to make for good shows, whether it has a "message" or not. But how do we tell when writing turns out bad BECAUSE of a message? It's not like we didn't have terrible writing in the past. And it's not like we don't have shows in the present day without "messages" that are nevertheless written piss-poorly.

    In fact, one might argue that good writing is and always has been the exception. Perhaps it's just the nature of "message"-driven productions that makes them stand out more - simply because it adds a distinguishing feature that increases their visibility - and that creates the IMPRESSION that we now have more bad shows without that actually being the case. I don't have any concrete numbers, and I wouldn't even know how to get any. So I can't say one way or the other.

    The only thing I CAN do is rile against bad writing, and in that I don't really care if there's a message, agenda, or whatever else at play. The writing is all I'm looking at: is the final product good or not? The rest is mostly ancillary to that.

    What I absolutely cannot stand, though, is people who use things like diversity IN DEFENSE OF bad writing. I'm all for diversity, both in casting and in production. I applaud anyone who tries to break up the crusty paradigms of old. But that doesn't trump quality. If you write a shit movie, having a diverse cast may be laudable but it's still a shit movie - and no amount of diversity can make a shit movie NOT a shit movie. To claim it would is not only dishonest on a fundamental level, it's also doing a disservice to the aim of normalizing diversity.
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  3. #2583
    Quote Originally Posted by Triceron View Post
    The answer should be absolutely clear at this point on - The Amazon show has no authorial connection to the original lore (as in, it does not officially continue or expand on its canon) and the showrunners are creating an ORIGINAL fiction that is merely based on/inspired by the work in the books. They're taking material from the appendices and doing their own thing with it.

    It's very clear that what we have with Rings of Power is a non-canonical look at a fictional 2nd Age setting that would be no different from the fictional Middle Earth we explore in Shadows of Mordor or the LOTR Tabletop games. These are all non-canonical takes on expanding the universe, and otherwise have nothing to do with either the PJ movies or the novels.

    I'm not sure why people are still hungup on this being canonical at all. It isn't, and frankly aside from some PR remarks by the producers to make the show sound authentic; everything we know about the show's story is completely new to the entire series. Everything.

    Despite what the hardcore fans actually think, this show isn't made for hardcore Tolkien fans. It's aimed at a much broader, casual audience. It's leaning on its creative liberties more than retaining any level of authenticity. And I'm not putting forth any criticism here either way - I reserve that judgement for when the show arrives; I'm merely pointing out the factual what-we-know about this series, and disarming the expectations around this show somehow being the be-all end-all translation of the 2nd Age from the novels. What this will be is an Amazon Original TV series based on the Lord of the Rings property, that's all.
    See that's a shame, because this could have been another making of Middle Earth, like it was at the start of the century.

    I understand that their were certain details that the Tolkien estate have laws over and that creators can't use certain things, but still - so much that could have been used.
    Now, don't get me wrong - I really do want to put faces on-screen, to names of the Black Numenoreans - like Ar Pharazon and the man who would be the Witch King. Tolkien spent an equal amount of time on his villains and what I will say, is that the show seems to be doing that as well...but I didn't want it to come this quick.

  4. #2584
    Quote Originally Posted by Tanaria View Post
    See that's a shame, because this could have been another making of Middle Earth, like it was at the start of the century.

    I understand that their were certain details that the Tolkien estate have laws over and that creators can't use certain things, but still - so much that could have been used.
    Now, don't get me wrong - I really do want to put faces on-screen, to names of the Black Numenoreans - like Ar Pharazon and the man who would be the Witch King. Tolkien spent an equal amount of time on his villains and what I will say, is that the show seems to be doing that as well...but I didn't want it to come this quick.
    To be fair, that's how it is in a lot of fandoms.

    Whether we're talking about Tolkien or Star Wars or Warcraft, there's always going to be contention between fan expectations on what the true 'Canon' really is. And the authors and creators can seek to create new stories and new material to elaborate on said canon, but the fans are always going to be fickle on being satisfied by what 'hits' and 'misses'.

    Like with Star Wars, we have a canonical 7-8-9 sequel trilogy, and a completely non-canonical anime series with Star Wars Visions. And to be fair, as fans, we all get to choose what we enjoy and what we don't. Regardless of whether the sequel trilogy is canon or not, regardless of whether Star Wars Visions anime is canonical or not, it's better that we have it and have something to enjoy rather than not have it at all and be left wishing. And that's how I see this.

    If this Rings of Power series isn't gonna be canonical, it doesn't mean there never will be a canonical adaptation of the series. We just might have to wait X decades until some corporation or entrepreneurial individual decides to take a crack at it.

    But to be frank, without the liscence to the Silmarillion (Which the Tolkien estate seems to be extra protective of and has never given movie rights away for), there's no real chance of ever getting an authentic 2nd Age TV series out there. Most of the material that explores the history of Middle Earth is not going to be found in the appendices alone.

  5. #2585
    Quote Originally Posted by Triceron View Post
    The answer should be absolutely clear at this point on - The Amazon show has no authorial connection to the original lore (as in, it does not officially continue or expand on its canon) and the showrunners are creating an ORIGINAL fiction that is merely based on/inspired by the work in the books. They're taking material from the appendices and doing their own thing with it.
    In that case, they should simply call the series "The Rings of Power", and not tie it back to "The Lord of the Rings", except to say that it was merely inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien.

  6. #2586
    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    In that case, they should simply call the series "The Rings of Power", and not tie it back to "The Lord of the Rings", except to say that it was merely inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien.
    Yeah but what's the point?

    That's like saying the Star Wars sequel trilogy shouldn't have been branded with 'Star Wars' because Lucas didn't write it. That isn't gonna happen because the whole point of these movies being made is for their brand recognition. The reason this even exists is because of the brand. Amazon isn't paying for the source material, they're paying for the strength of the brand and its draw power to Amazon Prime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    In that case, they should simply call the series "The Rings of Power", and not tie it back to "The Lord of the Rings", except to say that it was merely inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien.
    really they should have just used middle earth as a sub title like the shadow of Mordor games do, though that likely wouldn’t actually minimize any of the complaints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Triceron View Post
    Yeah but what's the point?

    That's like saying the Star Wars sequel trilogy shouldn't have been branded with 'Star Wars' because Lucas didn't write it. That isn't gonna happen because the whole point of these movies being made is for their brand recognition. The reason this even exists is because of the brand. Amazon isn't paying for the source material, they're paying for the strength of the brand and its draw power to Amazon Prime.
    Episodes 7-9 are officially licensed works. They are canon. The Rings of Power is basically fan fiction produced by Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    Episodes 7-9 are officially licensed works. They are canon. The Rings of Power is basically fan fiction produced by Amazon.
    So RoP is not a licensed work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    Episodes 7-9 are officially licensed works. They are canon. The Rings of Power is basically fan fiction produced by Amazon.
    The lord of the rings and hobbit movies aren’t canon to any thing but them selfs (and some video games) but they still use the title so that’s not really an argument for changing the name.
    All I ever wanted was the truth. Remember those words as you read the ones that follow. I never set out to topple my father's kingdom of lies from a sense of misplaced pride. I never wanted to bleed the species to its marrow, reaving half the galaxy clean of human life in this bitter crusade. I never desired any of this, though I know the reasons for which it must be done. But all I ever wanted was the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    Episodes 7-9 are officially licensed works. They are canon. The Rings of Power is basically fan fiction produced by Amazon.
    RoP is officially liscenced too.

    You see, there really is no difference. These are merely technicalities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamas102 View Post
    Not quite true. While Tolkien went into great detail about the history, languages, and scenery of the world, his descriptions of the peoples and cultures are pretty light.

    The skin color of the dwarves was never stated, and as far as hobbits go the only mention of skin tone was in relation to the Harfoots mentioned in the prologue of LotR ("browner of skin" than other hobbits). With no baseline for either of these groups there's really no reason why they can't be represented by the whole range of human skin colors.

    As for elves, the descriptions of fair skin were brought up only in relation to named elves. As such most people assume that ALL elves were thus fair of skin, but again they're never described as such as a whole. Another way of looking at it would be why would Tolkien feel the need to point out the fair skin of each elf character he introduced if it was simply a common trait across the entire race?
    While Tolkien admitted that there is some murky space between whether elves are actually human or not (given that the two "races" could produce offspring together), given their origins, longevity, and fantastical powers it's also pretty common to consider them entirely non-hum and as such they don't have to adhere to the biological factors that delineate human skin tones. It's not beyond reason that there could be elves with darker skin tones, groups or individuals that Tolkien simply didn't describe in full. As far as I know the skin color of the silvan elves is never referenced so if you can break away from the fallacy that elvish skin must work the exact same way as human skin then having more skin tone variety there works just fine.
    At this point the argument comes across like looking for loopholes in a contract to get around the stated and intended terms and conditions. It aggravating and still done in bad faith.

    Middle Earth is based on Europe in terms of where it's situated on Arda. Populations are isolated by sheer distance and civilizations territorial and distrustful and prejudiced against any outsiders. There is no technological or magical mode of travel available to the masses which means no easy trade or migrations are going to happen and travel is time- and resource intensive, dangerous and inconvenient.

    Assuming biology for humanoids in Middle Earth works like it does in our world and considering it only takes about 1500-2000 years for skin color in a population to adapt to the environment (meaning UV radiation intensity) and Arda is already thousands of years old, there is absolutely zero reason why there should be any diversity in terms of skin tone, let alone race. Even a sudden influx of diverse migrants would've been absorbed into the general population after such a long time unless Apartheit is a thing in Middle Earth. And I doubt even these showrunners want to open that can of worms.

    Invoking magic or divinity as the reason for diversity also wouldn't do because

    -why would anyone care to begin with?
    -why would anyone care to keep this diversity going when there's natural, societal and economic pressure against it
    -it actually needs a much more elaborate explanation than the "genetics" angle
    -it's an insane stretch and kind of reminds me of the racist Mormon explanation for why black people exist

    I understand they WANT a diverse case at Amazon at any cost. But as I said, it would've been SO easy to just have Southerners and Easterners appear, think up a new race or two from outside Middle Earth and actually expand on the Legendarium instead of poorly copying what has already been done better by other shows or even preceding Tolkien movies and bulldozing the established world building in the process.

  13. #2593
    Quote Originally Posted by Triceron View Post
    RoP is officially liscenced too.

    You see, there really is no difference. These are merely technicalities.
    "We have the rights solely to The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, the appendices, and The Hobbit"

    https://lrmonline.com/news/what-mate...ower-answered/

    The Rings of Power is a work of fan fiction because they didn't get the rights to tell the story of what actually happened in the Second Age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    "We have the rights solely to The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, the appendices, and The Hobbit"

    https://lrmonline.com/news/what-mate...ower-answered/

    The Rings of Power is a work of fan fiction because they didn't get the rights to tell the story of what actually happened in the Second Age.
    Right, but it's still a liscenced product nonetheless. We can call this a work of Fiction, but what differentiates it from being "Fan Fiction" is the fact it has an official liscence.

    Being liscenced has no bearing on whether something is 'canon' or not to the original books. Even the PJ movies are liscenced, and are non-canonical to the books. Canonicity doesn't really even matter here, which is the point. Even if they did have the rights to the Silmarillion, there is absolutely no story which they could make that would ever be considered canonical to the Second Age in the books. They can aim to be authentic, but it will never be anything but an adaptation or derivative work.

    No adaptation will ever be completely authentic to the books. That's the nature of being an adaptation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    "We have the rights solely to The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, the appendices, and The Hobbit"

    https://lrmonline.com/news/what-mate...ower-answered/

    The Rings of Power is a work of fan fiction because they didn't get the rights to tell the story of what actually happened in the Second Age.
    So they are illegally using the likes of Elrond and Galadriel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorgar Aurelian View Post
    really they should have just used middle earth as a sub title like the shadow of Mordor games do, though that likely wouldn’t actually minimize any of the complaints.
    New complaints would simply have been made. Complaining about the title is just pointless pedantry from people trying to detach RoP from LotR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triceron View Post
    Right, but it's still a liscenced product nonetheless.

    Being liscenced has no bearing on whether something is 'canon' or not to the original books. Even the PJ movies are liscenced, and are non-canonical to the books. Canonicity doesn't really even matter here, which is the point. Even if they did have the rights to the Silmarillion, there is absolutely no story which they could make that would ever be considered canonical to the Second Age in the books. They can aim to be authentic, but it will never be anything but an adaptation or derivative work.

    No adaptation will ever be completely authentic to the books. That's the nature of being an adaptation.
    The LotR and Hobbit movies were adaptations. The Rings of Power is more of an extrapolation, given the small amount of source material regarding the Second Age they have. So again, calling it "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is misleading, because it's not an actual Lord of the Rings story, it's just based on the works of JRR Tolkien that Amazon has the rights to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hansworst View Post
    So they are illegally using the likes of Elrond and Galadriel?
    Last time I checked, Elrond and Galadriel were characters in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, which Amazon has the rights to.

  18. #2598
    Quote Originally Posted by Krawu View Post
    Invoking magic or divinity as the reason for diversity also wouldn't do because

    -why would anyone care to begin with?
    -why would anyone care to keep this diversity going when there's natural, societal and economic pressure against it
    -it actually needs a much more elaborate explanation than the "genetics" angle
    -it's an insane stretch and kind of reminds me of the racist Mormon explanation for why black people exist

    I understand they WANT a diverse case at Amazon at any cost. But as I said, it would've been SO easy to just have Southerners and Easterners appear, think up a new race or two from outside Middle Earth and actually expand on the Legendarium instead of poorly copying what has already been done better by other shows or even preceding Tolkien movies and bulldozing the established world building in the process.
    IMO, this is always going to the slippery slope argument to the point where nothing would ever be a satisfactory answer.

    Just the mere act of having Humans portray non-Humans will bring up any question of authenticity, and even if 99% of the audience is okay with it, there'd be some 1% jumping on the forums making a stink at how some detail isn't exact to how Tolkien envisioned them to be.

    Even if the Black skinned Elves and Dwarves may seem egregious to the source material, at the end of the day it doesn't even matter. Cuz we could just as likely be looking at how poorly translated the Orcs and Goblins are in being adapted as two different races, or how the Wargs don't ever talk in the movies, or some other banal shit that doesn't really matter. Like, Uruk Hai were never meant to be man-sized, yet the depiction in the movies is fine for what it is. The creative liberties don't get in the way of enjoying the fiction unless it breaks your personal suspense of disbelief; and that is going to be different for everyone.

    It's all splitting hairs in the grand scheme of things. What really matters is if they have a good story to tell and whether they are able to tell it. Whether it is canon or fan fiction is really up to the individual to decide. Cuz at the end of the day, I'd like to think we're all mature enough to decide whether 'Han shot first' for ourselves. It doesn't matter what the internet thinks at large, it doesn't matter what the corporations decide as being authentic or official, it only matters what we view for it ourselves. If the creative decisions break suspension of disbelief, then it is going to be a matter of personal interpretation and expectation, and little else beyond that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamz247 View Post
    The LotR and Hobbit movies were adaptations. The Rings of Power is more of an extrapolation, given the small amount of source material regarding the Second Age they have. So again, calling it "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is misleading, because it's not an actual Lord of the Rings story, it's just based on the works of JRR Tolkien that Amazon has the rights to.
    Absolutely splitting hairs.

    There is no rule that an adaptation or derivative work can only use the brand name if it contains a certain amount of source material.

    "Star Wars: Visions" is a completely fictional series of non-canonical work that has the Star Wars branding to it, regardless of how much source material is used in each episiode, in each self-contained story and universe. You're literally just projecting here.
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    OMG you guys are still going on about it! Can we talk about something else please lol. We can pick on like 8 other things from the trailer and we are remaining with the same god damn topic lol make it stop!!! :P

    You know what? I am staying away from this thread until I watch the show, hopefully you all will have some new material to complain about then, so we can move on from this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orby View Post
    *Returns to thread*

    OMG you guys are still going on about it! Can we talk about something else please lol. We can pick on like 8 other things from the trailer and we are remaining with the same god damn topic lol make it stop!!! :P

    You know what? I am staying away from this thread until I watch the show, hopefully you all will have some new material to complain about then, so we can move on from this one.
    Gotta wait for the folks that'll hate watch, or watch angry YT videos, or have their friends tell them what their opinion should be to get anything new to complain about, tbh.

    What are we now, about 3 weeks to go for when it finally airs? I just hope its enjoyable, that's literally all I want from it lol

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