Adapting the Silmarillion

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  1. octoburn

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    If you were adapting the Silmarillion, as a (mostly) whole, what would be your approach?

    Movies? Television series? Graphic novels? A history-channel-style documentary series?
    • Personally, I think either a TV series or series of Graphic Novels would be the best options. Films would not have enough time to dictate to each of the characters to remotely do them justice.

    How would you repair inconsistencies within the published texts?
    Such as Galadriel's past, the lineage of Gil-Galad, etc.

    Would you keep the names as published, or go with names Tolkien intended to change, such as the Elf who Turin threw the cup at before he left Doriath?

    Would you compress the story, or even go as far as to merge some storylines and/or characters, for the sake of run-times, etc?
    • Personally, I wouldn't even consider merging story or characters. Though, I would likely compress the timeline a bit, as there are large periods of time where nearly nothing happens that would be watchable (the building of Gondolin being 50ish years, for example.)

    Where would you START??
    • I think the best approach is starting the story around the time Melkor is released, before that would be a bit of a mess, storytelling wise, and most of what came before could be shown in flashbacks.
     
  2. Galin

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    I would choose a ridiculously expensive television series, rendered in jaw-dropping computer animation.

    But see my change below, although I could have just changed the former sentence :)

    The way I usually do I guess, by building around (firstly and most importantly) author-published text, which really helps straighten out the Galadriel story in my opinion. Then give secondary importance to late text, leaving Gil-galad a Fingolfinian, for instance.

    Hmm. Tough one. I'm partial to using late texts if they don't contradict author published texts, but for example, there's a bit of a mystery with respect to Maedros verses Maedron, as to which is later. Yet if the story is going to include the detail of the reddish, coppery hair for the three brothers, then Maedros (not Maedhros) goes with Amros (not Amras) and... the other Amros.

    Generally speaking I would probably take each case separately, and mull over factors until the project was way over budget.

    :D

    Compress and cut, but not merge or alter, I guess.


    Hmm. I'm changing my first answer to: graphic novels -- made from computer generated pictures that echo three computer generated films -- Beren and Luthien, Tale of Turin, Earendil on the path to Aman, flashbacks of Fall of Gondolin. The novel provides the linking material to the films, and the fuller story.

    I might have to wait for Bill Gates to back the project, while giving me full artistic freedom and control of every aspect of it too (and for the purposes of this post, the Tolkien Estate owning the rights to the Silmarillion materials is imagined not to exist).

    Anyway it looks good in my head :D

    Some characters might be real actors possibly digitally tinkered with -- which of course they will have no problem with as I "elvish them up" according to how I think Elves "should" look! Ahem.

    Sorry, not very realistic (at the present?) I know, but fun to imagine!
     
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  3. Mirak Dagan

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    It could be either a Trilogy movies or a Mini series. I'm long for whatever they'll make, as long as, it turns out to be decent. Not like the BOTFA movie.
     
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    TV series would be awesome, with lots of practical effects and little CGI (I didn't care for how The Hobbit movies looked, the original trilogy was and still is beautiful mainly because of all the practical effects and little CGI).

    Graphic novel would also be awesome !
     

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