There and back again: adapting and influencing Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings

Dangerfield, Michael (2007) There and back again: adapting and influencing Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation grew out of my interest in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and my desire to understand how Peter Jackson managed to adapt Tolkien's books into three epic films. I examined academic discussion regarding film adaptations looking at the work of George Bluestone, Keith Selby and John Orr, this enabled me to outline the key arguments and theories surrounding the field and why adaptations are such a predominant force in Hollywood. Using this as a backdrop to the dissertation I then look at the history of adaptation surrounding The Lord of the Rings and considered what methods have been used, in particular looking at the work of Robert Stam and applying his theories to Peter Jackson's approach when converting the text from novel to film. Finally I looked at the control over the ring franchise, analysing how fans of Tolkien's work were involved in the production, but debate whether they were ever really in control of the creative choices made. After investigation into the nature of literary adaptation, a conclusion was arrived at that once a filmmaker adapts from a literary source, they become the author of an entirely new text. The process of moving literature onto the screen creates a new piece of work. It has also been realised that perhaps people pay too much attention to issues of fidelity and what is omitted rather than judging a film on its individual merits as a text unto itself.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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