The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood

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University of California Press, Jul 1, 2008 - Performing Arts - 399 pages
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"This is the best all-around view of the Tolkien phenomenon. Thompson understands the books, she understands the movies--she also understands the money and the franchising. Best of all, she understands the people. Thompson offers cultural criticism of the highest order, examining one of the most significant shifts in contemporary popular media."--Tom Shippey, author of The Road to Middle-earth

"Reading these chapters has been an absolute pleasure. It's all so complex but so succinct. Thompson has managed to do what so many others have failed to do . . . in chapter one, she has explained how all the rights to LOTR bounced around, and were finally sorted so Peter Jackson could make the movie. I've never understood the complexities of how that worked until now!"--Judy Alley, Merchandising Coordinator, The Lord of the Rings

"I must say that Thompson has written the definitive study of Peter Jackson's work in creating this remarkable production entity."--Alex Funke, ASC, Oscar-winning Visual Effects Director of Photography, miniatures unit, The Lord of the Rings

"I had a wonderful time reading those chapters! There's so much I don't know about what went on--I am in awe of all the research Thompson has done. It is an extremely interesting read! There's so much there that I'd forgotten and I always wished there was a permanent record of many things that happened. Thompson's account of TORN's beginnings and how it functioned gets it absolutely right--more than that, Thompson captures how it felt to us at the time. Nobody else has managed to get enough of an understanding to do that."--Erica Challis ("Tehanu"), co-founder of TheOneRing.net
 

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Review: The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Thompson has collected an impressive amount of hard data in her LOTR-franchise research, but ultimately remains too blinkered by her own obvious love for the films and the people who made them. Read full review

Review: The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

Not really a making-of, but more of a scholarly examination of the Lord of the Rings movie franchise from inception to its long-term success and influence. As a Jackson fan and a LOTR fan, I really ... Read full review

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Contents

Prudent Aggression
17
Not Your Fathers Tolkien
53
Handcrafting a Blockbuster
75
Building the Franchise
103
Flying Billboards and FAQs
105
Click to View Trailer
133
Fans on the Margins Pervy Hobbit Fanciers and Partygoers
165
Beyond the Movie
191
Licenses to Print Money
193
Interactive Middleearth
224
The Lasting Power of the Rings
255
Fantasy Come True
257
Right in Your Own Backyard
282
NOTES
333
INDEX
371
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Kristin Thompson is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her many books include Film Art: An Introduction and Film History: An Introduction (both with David Bordwell) and Storytelling in the New Hollywood.

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