You might think that the holders of commercial rights in The Hobbit would be more flexible with long-established businesses whose cultural, social and economic context is not that of the film and whose presence attests to the influence of Tolkien's work on the people of this and other countries; but no...

BBC News: Hobbit pub in Southampton threatened with legal action

Southampton Daily Echo: Southampton pub The Hobbit in battle with Hollywood studio
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Not quite one of [livejournal.com profile] wellinghall's 'Tolkien slept here' posts:

The Return of the King to Saudi Arabia

Who says fantasy isn't relevant?
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Still no report as such, though as ever the success of the event was down to the hard work of lots of people, which was much appreciated. I have put some photos up on Photobucket here - lots of crowd scenes and a few costumes, mainly.
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( Aug. 7th, 2007 10:42 pm)
Many years ago (to pitying looks from some of my colleagues) I went to lectures by Kristin Thompson on contemporary British television, when she was visiting professor of contemporary broadcast media at Oxford. She's now published what looks like a worthwhile study of the Lord of the Rings films, and Henry Jenkins interviews her on his blog, starting here.
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( Jan. 20th, 2007 12:56 am)
Such was the title of an enjoyable talk by Martin Barker, illustrated by Powerpoint because these cultural studies chaps do newfangled stuff like that. His study of the way audiences watched the Jackson films tells so much about the audience, and I'm glad that my laptop ended up being used as I now have a copy of the presentation on it, which I will mull when I am more awake. The ideas came quickly and my late nights were catching up with me, not that my typing this at the moment is doing much good.

"The Lord of the Rings and ‘Identification’: A Critical Encounter" in European Journal of Communication, 2005; 20: 353-378 was Barker's recommended article for those wanting to know more, but it turns out that Oxford, never particularly open to cultural studies, isn't presently subscribed to the online version (though it seems to have been once if the tag 'online' on the telnet OPAC is anything to go by) and the print version of the 2005 volume hasn't been barcoded yet. I've requested the volume anyway and will see if it actually gets to the Upper Reading Room.
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