Real Middle Earth, The
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This fascinating documentary takes us in Tolkien’s footsteps and investigates the landscapes and buildings, the places and names that helped shape Middle Earth. Sir Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring) narrates this fascinating exploration into an imaginary world that seems so real we pore over its maps and contemplate its journeys and its quests. Is this because the foundations of Tolkien’s imagined world were inspired by very real places?
Was there a real shire in the English countryside that inspired the Shire of Middle Earth? What influences shaped the darker and more troubled lands beyond its borders? How did European languages fuse in Tolkien’s creative genius to create a vocabulary that evokes extraordinary places and heroic adventures? The quest for The Real Middle Earth takes us to England’s west midlands, to Warwick and Oxford, to an ancient Lancashire school, to Saxon burial sites and many other places, including the real Dead Marshes, otherwise known as the Great War battlefields of the Somme.
• Profile of Stephen Raw, the official mapmaker of The Lord of the Rings
• Profile of the prosthetics team behind The Lord of the Rings special effects.
• Extended interviews with Tolkien scholars Helen Armstrong, Patrick Curry, and John Garth.
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Any library with and interest in J.R,R. Tolkien will want The Real Middle Earth, a documentary that investigates the places, names, and worlds which helped shape Tolkien s Middle Earth. The visuals on this DVD are stunning, the concepts lend great insight into the making of this classic world, and extra features include a profile of the official mapmaker of Lord of the Rings the team behind the epic film s special effects, and extended interviews with Tolkien scholars. --California Bookwatch
he film features the places where Tolkien lived and the locations he loved, such as Warwick, Oxford, an ancient Lancashire school, and Saxon burial sites, which may have influenced the imagined world of his books. One of the many Tolkien scholars interviewed offers an interesting notion that the dark side of Middle Earth may have come from Tolkien s experience in the Somme Valley during World War I. --School Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
I see lots of negative notes here, but they all seem to have a common thread of "it's not what I expected." Well, it's what it's title says it is; we can't much improve on that, so that criticism is rather like going to see a hockey game and complaining that they weren't playing golf.
Like a lot of today's historicization videos, there are extensive slides using the Ken Burns effect (panned slides in lieu of video content).
Tolkien didn't leave a "roadmap" to describe his personal travels with his imaginary ones. But so what? When we read or view the expert conjecture of the "last days of Pompeii" we don't discount it all because there wasn't a BBC camera "on location" for the shoot. We accept (sometimes with a bit of skepticism) the analysis of those who have made a study of the topic....and it's the same here.
This documentary moves a little slowly but it is informative and does make the viewer aware of interesting "snippets" they might have not known...did you know that old maps of Dormston, Worcestershire, carry a place named "Bag end" not far from Tolkien's aunt's house?
Thing is, Tolkien created such amazing places and cultures (and languages, which they touch on), that the focus on the Shire - which is the most recognizably English location in the books - seemed overlong, and other fascinating locations in the books went unmentioned.
Amazing books and remarkable author. I had hoped for more from this documentary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its inspiring to follow how the surroundings and real life of this amazing author translated into the incredible fantasy world of Middle Earth. Read morePublished 2 days ago by T. McCaffrey
I love Tolkein, but this is a little boring. Other writers giving their opinion of why, where, and who.Published 3 days ago by Pat
This is a very informative, well researched documentary on the places in England that JRR Tolkien loved and how they influenced the places and characters in The Hobbit and LOTR. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Colorado Outdoorsman
Good documentary. Very interesting I like how it all makes sense now!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was interesting to learn how Tolkien likely came by the many names of the places in his stories.Published 7 days ago by B. Baker
Must see if you enjoyed reading Tolkien's Middle Earth books. A little insight into the man that created one of the best works of fiction.Published 7 days ago by CW in AZ
This is an older made for TV documentary, the digital transfer of the content was grainey and not clean. The sound was fine and the documentary would be interesting to Tolkien fansPublished 9 days ago by Barry D.