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You Know Who Else Stopped At Helm’s Deep? Ralph Bakshi January 15, 2014

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Humor, Lord of the Rings Online.
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As part of the Middle-earth discussion, Potshot brought up the Ralph Bakshi animated version of Lord of the Rings, illustrating that other efforts to adapt Tolkien’s work to a new medium haven’t always made it to the end.

The Lord of the Rings!

The Lord of the Rings!

But the strange thing is where the Ralph Bakshi movie version ended.  Helm’s Deep.  Right where LOTRO has ended up.

Not that LOTRO is done or anything, but they haven’t announced where they are headed between now and the next panic point in 2017.

As an aside, here is the best review of the Ralph Bakshi movie.  I remember the feelings it describes quite well.


1. Jenks - January 15, 2014

I don’t remember his LOTR cartoon too well, but holy shit was Wizards trippy.


2. Pasduil - January 15, 2014

I’ve never seen it. Now I can maybe get over that feeling that I missed out.


3. tsuhelm - January 15, 2014

I waited for years for the next part :)
I liked the evil ORCS…
But at the time it was the only LOTR film so it had to be seen.


4. bhagpuss - January 15, 2014

I saw Ralph Bakshi’s movie at the cinema when it was first released. I thought it was slightly disappointing but still very enjoyable. I watched it again many years later on video and found it was actually a lot better than I’d remembered it.

I certainly have more fond memories of it than of the Peter Jackson trilogy, which I loved while I was watching it but have never had the slightest desire to see again, whereas I’d happily watch the Bakshi version on a wet Sunday afternoon.

Of course my feelings on LOTR are very mixed to begin with. I’ve read it three times and half read it twice and sometimes I’ve loved it and sometimes I’ve found it clunky and tedious (hence the half readings).


5. Shintar - January 15, 2014

I remember buying that on VHS, also thinking that it was going to cover the whole story… that was a bit of a disappointment.


6. Wilhelm Arcturus - January 15, 2014

@Jenks – While it did not weather the test of time for me… the last time I watched Wizards I felt it was a bit flat… when it came out I held it in quite high regard.


7. couillon - January 15, 2014

Putting on my rose tinted glasses, I actually liked this movie, warts and all, and especially when paired against the 1977 Hobbit movie, which had wayyyy too much singing for any ‘hero’ story.


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