Mol (mollyringle) wrote,

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Update on that fast-breaking hobbit-Beatle connection

A self-described "lurker" named April added this comment to my hobbit/Beatle post of a few days ago, and I think it's worth bringing to the forefront:

Sleep, pretty Frodo, do not cry

Love it, hobbits as beatles! I have to say: I read on an online interview with Sean Astin where he said that Peter Jackson got him to think of the hobbits as the Beatles. Sean watched Hard Day's Night and PJ said that if the hobbits were Beatles Sam would be Ringo. Awww...

Also, my friend insists that the Golden Slumbers Medley from Abbey Road is based on LOTR. There's "Sun King" which is the scene at the end where they come to the Cormallen Fields. Noble but sad-sounding. Then "Carry that weight" and "Golden slumbers" are Sam comforting Frodo in Gorgoroth and then later during his nightmares. This according to my dear friend Willow. She made it sound plausible...but then she is even more of a mad fan than I am, and by now she is seeing LOTR everywhere including the bus schedule:-)

Love, April the Lurker

There may actually be something to this. I found one website with this tidbit on it:

The Beatles thought to film 'The Lord of the Rings' 30 years ago. The band's film producer, Denis O'Dell tells the Times of London that Paul McCartney would have played Frodo and John Lennon would have been the wizard Gandalf. Ringo Starr and George Harrison would have had roles too, although they were not specified. He says that the band ran into a problem with finding a director. ... Stanley Kubrick said that the books were unfilmable. [haha! Oh, I'm so glad PJ got hold of it instead of Kubrick.] O'Dell says that the group had thought about an album surrounding the film.

...So, taking all this into consideration, I must say that the lyrics of the Golden Slumbers medley do fit very well, and are quite poignant when you think of them as applied to RotK:

Once there was a way to get back homeward
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden slumbers fill your eyes
Smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby...

Boy, you're going to carry that weight,
Carry that weight a long time...

I never give you my pillow
I only send you my invitation
And in the middle of the celebrations
I break down...

And in the end, the love you take
Is equal to the love you make.
Tags: books, fandom, lord of the rings, movies, music

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