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Friday, 7 December, 2001, 17:15 GMT
Tolkien's son denies rift
Tolkien's son feels novels are too complex to be filmed
Tolkien's son feels novels are too complex to be filmed
The son of author JRR Tolkien has denied reports that he is unhappy with the way the Lord of the Rings films have been made.

Christopher Tolkien is one of famous author's three surviving children and owns the rights to his father's literary legacy.

He had remained silent about the films, but reports claimed he was unhappy with the way the film-makers interpreted his father's books.

It was also reported that the Tolkien family had fallen out over the issue.

In a statement through his solicitors, Tolkien said he thought it would be impossible to translate his father's novels onto the big screen.

Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson directed the first film

"My own position is that The Lord Of The Rings is peculiarly unsuitable to transformation into visual dramatic form," he said.

"The suggestions that have been made that I 'disapprove' of the films, vent to the extent of thinking ill of those with whom I may differ, are wholly without foundation."

He added that he had never "expressed any such feeling".

But Tolkien's biographer Michael White recently said he thought the author would have hated the film.

Mr White said: "He had a hatred of all things Hollywood and did not believe in the idea of imitation being the best form of flattery."

The Fellowship of the Rings is an adaptation of the first book from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and all three movies have been directed by Peter Jackson.
Sir Ian McKellen stars as Gandalf
Sir Ian McKellen stars as Gandalf

The movies tell the story of how the hobbit Frodo goes on a quest to destroy a ring much sought-after by evil forces.

The first film stars Sir Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood and opens in the UK on 19 December.

Editing has already begun on The Two Towers, the second film, due to come out in December 2002.

The third film, The Return of the King, is set to come out a year later.

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