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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #15 on: 04 September, 2022, 09:09:43 AM »
Thinking about it, you might also ask why the dwarves are all Scots. Bad-tempered, bearded redheads, hostile to outsiders, swilling booze and secretively hoarding their wealth… :-)
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #16 on: 04 September, 2022, 09:19:04 AM »
Thinking about it, you might also ask why the dwarves are all Scots. Bad-tempered, bearded redheads, hostile to outsiders, swilling booze and secretively hoarding their wealth… :-)

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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #17 on: 04 September, 2022, 02:02:26 PM »
I'm not quite sure about the new Elrond - he doesn't look half as regal as Hugo Weaving; there's a touch of Ramsay Bolton about him.  I did get a bit of a thrill when the penny finally dropped that the main hobbit was Lenny Henry, though.


Funny you should say that as the actor playing young Elrong was previously most famous for playing young Ned Stark from the timey-wimey flashback scenes from GoT.


That Lenny Henry's certainly returning to the fantasy genre lately (prevously the only connection I know of was the Neverwhere TV series, but that was behind the scenes).

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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #18 on: 04 September, 2022, 02:29:41 PM »
That Lenny Henry's certainly returning to the fantasy genre lately (prevously the only connection I know of was the Neverwhere TV series, but that was behind the scenes).

A few years back, I was lucky enough to see the 40 minute proof-of-concept film adapting Ben Read and Chris Wildgoose's first volume of Porcelain (directed by Chris's brother, Tim, who, amongst other things, was head armourer on GoT) in which Lenny Henry starred.

I can only find the trailer online so you'll have to take my word for it that Our Len was excellent as Uncle (as was Zoe Brough as The Girl). At the end of the trailer, you'll even see my logo for the series. :-)

(Plug: if you haven't read the three volumes of Porcelain to date, they're worth tracking down, BTW.)
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #19 on: 05 September, 2022, 09:21:03 PM »
It took me a long time to realise they were bad Irish accents too.  Lenny Henry's isn't too bad, but, y'know, why?

Potatoes. POH-TAY-TOES. ;-)
 
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(Also,  I'm so sorry but the 'potatoes' reference went over my head too.... my main memories of Lenny Henry involve Delbert Wilkins, a Thriller piss-take and seagull noises.)
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #20 on: 05 September, 2022, 09:34:33 PM »

To me he'll always be Trevor McDoughnut.

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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #21 on: 05 September, 2022, 09:45:20 PM »
I'm so sorry but the 'potatoes' reference went over my head too....

Hobbits… potatoes. Irish… potatoes. A poor attempt at humour on my part. Apologies.
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #22 on: 05 September, 2022, 10:00:31 PM »

To me he'll always be Trevor McDoughnut.


Some mix of Delbert Wilkins, David Bellamy and the Oooooooh-Kaaaaaaayyyyyyy character (with a bit of The Totally Stonking, Surprisingly Educational an dUtterly Mindboggling Comic Relief Comic representation too).

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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #23 on: 05 September, 2022, 10:01:17 PM »
And how could I forget Theophilus P. Wildebeeste?

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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #24 on: 05 September, 2022, 10:27:03 PM »
I'm so sorry but the 'potatoes' reference went over my head too....

Hobbits… potatoes. Irish… potatoes. A poor attempt at humour on my part. Apologies.

No need for apologies- I thought it was a reference to a part of Lenny Henry's back catalogue that I'd forgotten!  In fairness, we do like a spud or two over here; my foreign students are always taken aback at how true the stereotype is :)

And how could I forget Theophilus P. Wildebeeste?

Feck, yeah, it's all coming back to me now! Anyone remember him being interviewed for one of the 2000ad specials? Can't remember which one, but his mind appeared to be blown on being shown the Horned God for the first time.
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #25 on: 06 September, 2022, 02:48:02 AM »
And how could I forget Theophilus P. Wildebeeste?

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Well, gwapple me gwapenuts! I didn't realize that this thread would become a Lenny Appreciation meeting. He's rocking some big hair as the wise hobbit-like person.

Talking of regional accents, then just regions - I've been reading The Anglo-Saxons (Morris 2021), and learning that the Welsh are basically the OG Britons, sort of thing. I say sort of thing because the OG Britons were a bit squished by the Beaker folk and so on. Everything I know about English history I get from one book and a Stewart Lee sketch.
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #26 on: 06 September, 2022, 07:29:52 AM »
[quote i]POH-TAY-TOES.[/i] ;-)[/quote]

POH-TAY-TOES !!

Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!!!

I wouldn't be surprised if the dwarves invent the battered mars bar in the next episode ...

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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #27 on: 06 September, 2022, 08:53:13 PM »
POH-TAY-TOES !!
Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!!!


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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #28 on: 09 September, 2022, 08:11:31 AM »
So do you all reckon this show is any use? It's just not been on my radar. I don't know why, but I have just not fancied it. I reckoned it would be a po-faced piece of expensive fan fiction. Am I wrong?
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Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« Reply #29 on: 09 September, 2022, 08:24:52 AM »
So do you all reckon this show is any use? It's just not been on my radar. I don't know why, but I have just not fancied it. I reckoned it would be a po-faced piece of expensive fan fiction. Am I wrong?

Well, if you're going to be a purist about it, everything that isn't The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings is essentially fan fiction — we have no way of knowing what any of the posthumously-published stuff would have looked like if/when JRRT had finally decided it was in a state he was happy to publish. Personally, that side of it doesn't bother me at all. (It helps that I haven't read any of it, for precisely this reason!)

We're only two episodes in (the third releases today) and I found the first to be very pretty, but a little dull. The second livens up enormously, to the extent that I'm very much looking forward to the third tonight.
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