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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.


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Mar. 22nd, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC)
Such a pretty girl
Not clear why her LJ deals
With just one topic
Mar. 23rd, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
Heheh...haiku for me! Cool! Thank you.

Well, I've attempted to tackle politics and war in here, but have never entirely enjoyed the results. Too volatile; and I'm too averse to confrontation. I could talk about linguistics, since that's what I'm studying (for instance, the fact that the 5-7-5 syllable count of haiku, though standard in English, is not the way they do haiku in Japanese; they count "moras," not syllables)...but that would bore all of us. Also I'm too introverted to talk much about my real life, or other hobbies that I figure no one would care about except me, so...that pretty much leaves books and movies. But I'll make this an LOTR-free zone for the rest of March, just to prove I can. :)
Mar. 23rd, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
First of all, some of us are actually interested in linguistics. (There was a linguistics section in one of my cog. psy courses which I always enjoyed.)

But moreover, being shy is no excuse for not revealing your personal life to a bunch of strangers. Remember, if you read our journals, you have dirt on us too!
Mar. 22nd, 2003 07:32 pm (UTC)
I know you can't really trust me because I'm anonymous and I can't remember my sources, but I heard about the "Beatle LOTR movie" in several different places. Except for that one, they all said that while Paul would be Frodo, George would be Gandalf, Ringo would be Sam(aww, indeed), and John would be Gollum. Oh, well.

Mar. 23rd, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC)
I think I can approve of this Sam=Ringo, Gollum=Lennon stuff. It appeals, somehow. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2003 11:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds at least a bit like the spirit behind Magical Mystery Tour.

And ucchhh, the thing Kubrick didn't have is exactly the thing that Jackson has embedded so deeply into the first 2 movies. Heart. Vulnerability and accessibility in the characters.

Also, I'm out of LJ pictures, but my "Longshanks" icon might say "I'll have you... Next Time Around" or "I'll have you... In the Road." Maybe with some round glasses, or a Maharishi mustache...
Mar. 24th, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, exactly - Jackson made them all as human as possible, which was why we all loved the books. I can only imagine what weirdness Kubrick would have introduced. Eek.

Though now I'm picturing Gollum as Alex from 'Clockwork Orange'...teehee..."It has my precious, oh my brothers and only friends...and we wants it back..."
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