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LOTR does the History Channel

Being in possession of the new ROTK DVD, I set out to investigate the special features. One of the first things I happened to watch was the National Geographic special on ROTK, which didn't really have much to do with the film, but instead compared various themes and characters to similar ones in the recent history of Western civilization. At first I snorted and snickered - Aragorn was, uh, really a lot like William Wallace if you think about it. Yeah. He was like Teddy Roosevelt too. Here; watch some historical reenactment society footage; it'll convince you.

But pretty soon I was digging it. It was like a long, clever parody: the LOTR cast does the History Channel! Wormtongue as Rasputin! Gandalf as Benjamin Franklin! Frodo and Sam as Lewis and Clark! (I pounded the sofa laughing at that one. Does that make Gollum Sacagawea? Not very flattering to the poor girl.)

And the Gandalf = Ben Franklin one gave me an inspiration: anyone else thinking we simply must write a LOTR/American Revolution parody, in time for the 4th of July? I can see it now: The First Continental Council of Elrond! "The Declaration must be written. One of you must do this." That means Frodo is Thomas Jefferson, I guess. (And Sam, then, would be Sally Hemings. Ha, ha, ha... Ahem.) Aragorn, clearly, is George Washington, out there wading around in the muck and doing all the fighting, proving his worth before getting crowned/inaugurated. Is Legolas fussy enough to be John Adams, or should Gimli take that part?...well, anyway. Someone ought to do it, that's all I'm saying.

Shall go x-post, with modifications, to mollyringwraith.


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May. 25th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
Gimli would definitely be John Adams. A cantankerous, sharp-tongued curmudgeon who's sensitive about his height; they're a perfect match! I see Legolas more as James Madison.
May. 27th, 2004 12:35 pm (UTC)
Hehe. It's a stretch to see Gimli being fussy about spelling or grammar, but otherwise, he really is a pretty good match.
May. 25th, 2004 11:37 pm (UTC)
(And Sam, then, would be Sally Hemings. Ha, ha, ha... Ahem.)

Thank you. I just spewed graham cracker at my screen.

Legolas? He's Lafayette. Elves, snooty French: Is there a difference? ;-)
May. 27th, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC)
Well, Elves are actually good at fighting... hee hee.

The Sam-Sally thing: it's just too perfect, you know?
May. 26th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
Off topic, but:
Tolkien's house on the market. I wonder if the neighbors are prepping for the onslaught of pervy Hobbit-fanciers?
May. 27th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes, I saw that news item, and instantly started longing for it with every fiber of my soul. Would be a bit of a commute, though. And the fact that it will cost the buyer about $3 million puts a damper on things too...
May. 26th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
Totally anon, followed here via your LOTR journal. I'm a fan of your LOTR parodies and someone just posted one at bboyd and there's another name after yours under "written by" I could be wrong, but didnt you ALONE write those? Or is someone just trying to take credit?
May. 27th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
Heh! Got another one, do we? Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like others have taken care of it, but I dropped a comment there too. I hate when they add text...unfunny text, no less...
May. 26th, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh! *ROFLMBO* You are HILARIOUS. I love you, Mol. :-) You made my day!
May. 27th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks. Wonder if someone can make us "First Continental Council of Elrond" T-shirts for the 4th...
May. 28th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
LOL! That would be *too* perfect. :-)
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