April 1st is a good time to introduce this classic prank by the Flying Moose of Nargothrond (the Tolkien Sarcasm Page).
Their synopsis of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion is fascinatingly wrong but plausible enough to fool some skimmers…like the London Sunday Times, apparently!
Here is their introduction:
A Brief Synopsis of The Lord of the Rings
One of the often-recurring requests on the newsgroup rec.arts.books.tolkien is from students requesting a synopsis of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic work The Lord of the Rings. The work is extremely long, and because of this many students simply can’t find the time to give the work a thorough reading before giving a written report on it. In the interests of cutting down the number of requests for this material, I have written a short synopsis of the three volumes which make up the Lord of the Rings as well as an accompanying synopsis for Tolkien’s posthumous book The Silmarillion.
As an added supplement, I have also listed some possible topics for term-papers and book reports for those who don’t feel a desire to come up with their own.
Of course, I feel compelled to point out that a much better understanding of Tolkien’s work can be achieved by reading the actual books; it’s well worth the effort. If you simply don’t like to read, however, I’m sure the following synopsis and suggestions will help you make the grades you obviously deserve.
But wait…there’s more! They claim to have found a long-lost Lord of the Rings movie from 1944:
“The original Warner Brothers version of “The Lord Of The Rings”, recently unearthed by the intrepid film restoration scholars at flyingmoose.org. Accept no substitutes! (Replaced after YouTube’s previous version developed mysterious sound-sync issues.)”
And yes, that is Marlene Dietrich as Galadriel and Peter Lorre as Smeagol/Gollum.
Categories: Tolkien Tuesday