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Since the early 1970's, when I first read The Hobbit and later LOTR, myself and countless other Tolkien fans have been clamoring for a well-made movie of these stories. Several attempts were made, but all flopped and/or fell through because of the sheer scope of this tale. Not to mention the gazillion problems involving sets, props, special make-up, costumes, etc. in order to make Middle Earth believable. Otherwise, the story would just look hokey and cartoonish.
Then, along comes a director name Peter Jackson willing to take on this enormous project, and a masterpiece is born. The Hobbit, Tolkien's first novel was written in 1936 and drew inspiration by the poem Beowulf. Lord of the Rings took 10 years to write and came out around 1955. The book became very popular in the 1960's, especially with the younger "earth people" crowd. This is where I first became associated with Tolkien. I had always thought that the music of "Yes" would be a great soundtrack if a movie was ever made of the novels. In fact, if you look at all the Yes album artwork on Fragile & Close To The Edge, you can easily imagine that it must have been inspired by LOTR.
If anyone has not read the actual Tolkien novels, I highly recommend it. Looking forward to the final installment of The Hobbit in December. Now if only the moviemakers can get their hands on the rights to The Silmarillion.