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Now that there is a resurgence of interest in how many Middle Earth stories the legendarium can support, I am reminded of my post from February semi-humorously answering a certain article in Catholic humor magazine Eye of the Tiber, which, in send-up of Peter Jackson making 3 movies out of The Hobbit, fatuitously claimed the filmmaker had planned a 72 movie adaption of The Silmarillion. The trilogies I proposed in a tounge-in-cheek way here might actually sugggest seasons of a Middle Earth TV show.

"72 Peter Jackson Middle Earth Movies

Google "Peter Jackson Silmarillion" and somewhere you'll see the Catholic humor magazine Eye of the Tiber declaring "Peter Jackson announces 72 movies to be made of the Silmarillion"; in fact that magazine's most-read article. I thought we could have a little fun by seeing if we couldn't think of 72 real different movie subjects set in Middle-Earth, divided into trilogies.

I. First Era-Pre-Silmarills
2.Fall of the Lamps
3.Invention of the Dwarves

4.Trek to Valinor
5.Thingol and Melian
6.Finwë and Miriel

II. Second Era-Flight of the Noldor
7.The Unchaining of Melkor
8.Quarrel between Brothers

10.The Darkening of Valinor
11.The First Kinstrife
12.Thingol vs Morgoth

13.Fëanor in Losgar
14.Fëanor and the Balrogs
15.Rising of the Sun and Moon

III. Third Era-The Siege of Angband
16.Founding of Nargothrond
17.Building of Gondolin
18.Eol the Dark Elf

20.The Coming of the Edain
21.Dagor Bragollach

IV. Fourth Era-Tale of Beren and Lúthien
22.The Ring of Barahir
23.Beren and Luthien
24.Beren in Nargothrond

25.Beren and Sauron
26.Beren and Morgoth
27.Beren's Ressurection

V. Fifth Era-Lines of Húrin and Huor
28.Hurin and Huor in Gondolin
29.Nirnaeth Arnoediad
30.The Curse on Hurin

31.Túrin in Doriath
32.Túrin and Mim
33.Túrin in Nargothrond

34.Fall of Túrin; Tuor in Gondolin
35.The Release of Húrin
36.The Fall of Gondolin

VI. Sixth Era-The War of Wrath
37.Death of Thingol
38.Second Kinslaying
39.Third Kinslaying

40.Voyage of Eärendil
41.War of Wrath 1: Fury of the Valar
42.War of Wrath 2: Justice of the Valar

VII. Seventh Era-Second Age
43.Founding of Númenor
44.Forging of the Rings
45.Aldarion and Erendis

46.Pride of Ar-Pharazôn
47.Downfall of Numinor
48.The Last Alliance

VIII. Eighth Era-Gondor and Arnor
49.Death of Isildur
50.Breaking of Arnor
51.Rise of The Witch King

52.The Fall of Amon Sûl
53.Flight of the Witch King
54.Failure of the Line of Gondor

IX. Ninth Era-The Rise of the Ring
55.The White Council
57.Durin's Bane

58.Life and Times of Barnibras Took
60.Battle of Azanulbizar

X. Tenth Era-The Classic Trilogies

Hobbit Movies:
61.An Unexpected Journey
62.The Desolation of Smaug
63.The Battle of the Five Armies

Lord of the Rings Movies
64.The Fellowship of the Ring
65.The Two Towers
66.The Return of the King

XI. Eleventh Era-The Fourth Age


I suggest the rate of 2 to 3 trilogies a year for about 25 years. Say 2018-2033 A.D. We can see that there is enough material for 72 rousing and brilliant Silmarillion movies, and we don't come anywhere close to having to resort to "Gandalf Smokes his Pipe"."

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Now that everybody's waiting to see what the Middle Earth TV show is going to be about, let's hear everybody's fantasy dream cast suggestions!

I have some connections I definitely make between actors and characters when I visualize the actions in the books. Here are some of the strongest: 

First of all, any returning actors would be welcomed by me. Peter Jackson created epic fantasy and got the ball going. After that, I'd like to see the following: 

Fëanor: Daniel Craig 
Lúthien: Kiera Knightly 
Sauron: reprised by Benedict Cumberbach. Except played by other when appearing in Annatar form. 
Ar-Pharazôn: Keanu Reeves

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The Tolkien Ensemble (founded in 1995) is a Danish ensemble which aims to create "the world's first complete musical interpretation of the poems and songs from 'The Lord of the Rings'". They published four CDs from 1997 to 2005, in which all the poems and songs of 'The Lord of the Rings' are set to music.

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Despite Tolkien's success, there have been some people from the academic circles who weren't big fans of his work and held some (now outdated) opinions:

In 1961 Philip Toynbee wrote, that LotR had "passed into a merciful oblivion".

Germaine Greer wrote "it has been my nightmare that Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century. The bad dream has materialized".

Ida Gordon, a prominent Old English scholar and wife of one of Tolkien's academic collaborators said: "I ought to tell you that I have very little interest in the Tolkien of The Lord of the Rings. In my opinion that side of him robbed us of a very fine medieval scholar who might have done so much more work of lasting value like the Gawain & Pearl editions".

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I was reading a list of the most challenging books and the Silmarillion was included. This description made me laugh.
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