Wednesday, May 07, 2003

The Lord of the Rings

This one is too funny. The transcript of an “unused” commentary track for The Fellowship of the Ring by radicals Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. For them, the “point is clearly made that the ‘master ring,’ the so-called ‘one ring to rule them all,’ is actually a rather elaborate justification for preemptive war on Mordor.” And: “You are correct when you point out that Middle Earth depends on pipe-weed in some crucial sense, but I think you may be overstating its importance. Clearly the war is not based only on the Shire’s pipe-weed. Rohan and Gondor’s unceasing hunger for war is a larger culprit, I would say.” (Jeff Alexander and Tom Bissell, McSweeneys.net)

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