I have a confession- I have never read any of Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories, and I have never seen any of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. Not that I am opposed, or that I do not have an interest in reading (or seeing) them… As a matter of fact– I even have the books here in our house; it is just that so far… I haven’t.
(side note: Maybe I should consider getting the books on CD from our library…. I know it is not the same thing as actually reading the books; which is the root of my opposition to books on CD. But if I listen to the books on CD, at least I will have my foot in the door.)
On the other hand I have read the entire ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series–hopefully that counts for something in the Middle Earth. And so from that platform I share that the fans of Tolkien’s Middle Earth stories might enjoy ‘The Hunt for Gollum’:
One of the email services that I receive is called ‘The Daily Dose.’ This morning, information was sent about a free online movie called ‘The Hunt for Gollum.’
Doug Levy, for the Daily Dose, wrote:
THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM
Fan-made film taken to new levels
Director Chris Bouchard’s The Hunt for Gollum revisits the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy with a glimpse at a previously unseen part of the tale.
The results belie the miniscule budget. Bouchard made the 40-minute film for just a few thousand dollars, employing makeshift camera equipment, orchestra synthesizers, and volunteer digital animators. Most of the cast and crew — roughly 160 in all — donated their time after realizing the extent of the undertaking.
Familiar faces abound. The film follows Aragorn’s quest to track down the titular ring-craving creature, also featuring appearances from Gandalf, Arwin, and other LOTR characters. The actor portraying Aragorn bears more than a passing resemblance to Viggo Mortensen, while the wizard is a dead ringer for Ian McKellen.
It’s available to watch for free. In order to steer clear of potential problems with movie studios and the Tolkien estate, the filmmakers agreed to make the production completely nonprofit, meaning that the final result is yours to enjoy in its entirety free of charge.
To see the film visit the ‘Hunt for Gollum’ website: http://thehuntforgollum.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html