“My father’s ‘eviscerated’ work”: An Interview with Christopher Tolkien

cjrt2This interview (the first ever for J.R.R. Tolkien’s son and literary executor Christopher Tolkien) first appeared in French in ‘Le Monde’ on July 9th 2012, and has now been released in English. It shows the deep level of discomfort felt by at least some members of the Tolkien family about the impact the Jackson movies have had on their father’s legacy.

Invited to meet Peter Jackson, the Tolkien family preferred not to. Why? “They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25,” Christopher says regretfully. “And it seems that The Hobbit will be the same kind of film.”

This divorce has been systematically driven by the logic of Hollywood. “Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time,” Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. “The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away.”

Read the rest here.

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

One thought on ““My father’s ‘eviscerated’ work”: An Interview with Christopher Tolkien”

  1. Thank you for posting this!
    I recall being somewhat surprised at the Tolkien family’s reaction to the prospect of Jackson’s LOTR movies. It is increasingly clear that Christopher was right.

    I am an avid fan of the books, and enjoyed the LOTR movies. I have no intention of viewing these Hobbit movies.

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