The Lord of the Rings : That's What We're Tolkien About [Part 1]

"Greetings my dear Bagginses and Boffins, and my dear Tooks and Brandybucks, and Grubbs, and Chubbs, and Burrowses, and Hornblowers, and Bolgers, Bracegirdles, Goodbodies, Brockhouses and Proudfoots. (ProudFEET)"

Welcome to another episode!

This one is a rather long expected episode (yes, deal with it...there will be quotes and puns.) for both Sarrah and Aly because they both adore the good ol' PJ LotR movies. Any opportunity for Aly to talk about Lord of the Rings (and Ian McKellen) is an opportunity she will take and RUN with, soooooo


There was honestly no way we could fit all of our research and information into one episode and do a walk-through, so we have divided it all once again. Part One will discuss source material, include an animator profile, discuss our previous memories and address the inspiration and influence of Lord of the Rings. Part Two (which you have to wait until next week for, sorry!) will address the Bakshi animated feature specifically and include release and review information, voice cast corner, our walkthrough and favorite moments.

So let's begin our journey (no shortcuts to mushrooms, please!) as we discuss 1978's Ralph Bakshi film, Lord of the Rings.

Aly starts us off with a biography of J.R.R. Tolkien himself that includes one of the most beautiful love stories we've encountered on this podcast (and it's real, which makes it even more lovely). She also touches on the history and creation of the Lord of the Rings (and Hobbit) books, including a little bit about the languages, reviews, and some academic viewpoints on the books.

 Author J.R.R. Tolkien

Author J.R.R. Tolkien


Sarrah gives us a fantastic and in-depth look at animator, director, and producer Ralph Bakshi and some of his ground-breaking and eyebrow-raising work. A lot of Bakshi's work is R or X rated and contains some challenging, sexual, and dark content. He pushed a lot of boundaries and took animated films into topics that hadn't really been touched by the medium before. But his work is certainly controversial, and we have a hard time deciding how we feel about it.

 Director Ralph Bakshi

Director Ralph Bakshi

To be frank everyone (and we do mention this on this episode, and on previous episodes as well), we will always try our best to make sure we discuss and bring up issues like racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. when they come into play in movies we watch. But keep in mind that we are two white, straight, women from a first world country. We always try to keep our minds open to the experiences of others and how this content may make them feel, but we can't and SHOULDN'T speak for everyone. If you have a different viewpoint or opinion, write to us and let us know. We want to hear different perspectives and would love to hear and discuss voices that are not our own, and come from different experiences.

After Sarrah's animator profile we skip right to Inspiration and Influences and spend a heck of a long time there. Aly takes us through some of the more well-known adaptations of Lord of the Rings, and of course, we get stuck talking up the Peter Jackson movies. We are both massive fans, so you're going to get a minor crash course in those films (and New Zealand tourism). Sorry, not sorry.

And that's where we'll keep you waiting because YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Until next week, that is!

Source Material:

Podcast Music By: Biography of Tolkien Article on Tolkien Facts
HuffPost Article on Lost Audio of Tolkien

Wikipedia Article on Ralph Bakshi

Review of the Lord of the Rings Musical
Wikipedia Article on the Lord of the Rings Musical

Forbes Article on New Zealand Tourism
New Zealand Tourism Facts and Figures Article on Ian McKellen's Gandalf Opinion

Ian McKellen's Blog on Filming Lord of the Rings

Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. Leonard Maltin

Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatisation). Adapted by Brian Sibley & Michael Bakewell. 1981. CD.