Tolkien and ballet
Posted 24 January 2003 - 03:30 PM
BilboBaggins makes an important point about how demanding ballet is compared to so-called manly sports. It is one thing to be able, through brute force, to score a touchdown, or knock someone down...but it is quite another thing to do all that your sport requires with poise, balance, and grace. Football players never have to worry about a touchdown being called back because it was done in such an ugly and sloppy way. So in ballet, it is not only doing the thing, it is how one does it...this is much more difficult.
It's quite a challenge. But you can do it.
This is a little bit off the topic, but the name Bilbo reminded me of Legolas the elf/archer in "Lord of the Rings." He moves in a balletic way throughout the film...even in the heat of battle, his arrows find their mark; he is poised; none of his energy is wasted. I wonder if the actor Orlando Bloom studied dance before playing Legolas?
Posted 24 January 2003 - 04:02 PM
Posted 28 January 2003 - 07:51 AM
Interestingly, if you read Tolkien, the elves are renowned for their grace and fluidity of motion (which Orlando Bloom demonstrates far better than Liv Tyler ...) ... and for their song ... I don't recall anything being said about elvish dance ...
I'll report back when I have something ...
Posted 29 January 2003 - 12:30 AM
"While still in school, Bloom was trying to make it onto a friend's rooftop terrace when he fell two stories and broke his back. The accident almost paralyzed the actor, but surgery let him walk out of the hospital on crutches."
Posted 29 January 2003 - 04:50 AM
Bloom seems to have a great movement sense, as his role in Blackhawk Down revealed. As Legolas, he gave very fluid, fluent movements, and in the latter part, as a combat soldier, his movements were choppy, staccato. I been there. They are.
I think Bloom's back must be in fine shape now, at least until he gallantly hoisted a 7-year-old to the microphone at last year's Golden Globes awards, and she proceeded to give her ENTIRE pre-loaded thank-you speech, while Bloom silently suffered. As she launched into yet ANOTHER paragraph thanking everybody down to her second-grade teacher, his eyes (which discovered a mysterious tendency to cross) became the show,and the speech was lost. ;)
Posted 29 January 2003 - 07:12 AM
I have the Silmarrilion and also the multi-volume History of Middle Earth on order, so if we don't find anything in LOTR, I'll see if the background material offers any guidance.
Interestingly, my 13 year-old daughter tells me her classmates divide into admirers or Noah or of Orlando ... adolescent romance!!
Posted 29 January 2003 - 07:47 AM
The only thing that spoilt the whole power of the film for me was my flat mate shouting "Look, it's Legolas!"
P.S. During a family Christmas outing to the cinema and on to a good restaurant, my brother went from being known as Nicholas, to Legolas, to Nearly Legless Nick!
Posted 29 January 2003 - 08:12 AM
If you enjoy LOTR, there is a parody, published by the Harvard Lampoon (the group responsible for the classic movies "Animal House" starring John Belushi and "Family Vacation" starring Chevy Chase), called "Bored of the Rings" ... to give you a sense of it, the hobbit is Frito (Frito-Lay is a very large maker of crisps in the U.S.), the Elf is known as Legolamb ... the wizard is GoodGulf (U.S. chain of petrol stations -- Gulf -- would advertise with that phrase ....) ... and for the rest, you'll have to get the book ...
Posted 29 January 2003 - 03:26 PM
And Bilbo, I have found a reference to dancing Elves, in the "Tale of Tinuviel", the song about Beren and Luthien sung by Legolas. In it, Luthien is described as "dancing-light" and "dancing", so that may be where I recall Dancing Elves. Small wonder that a couple of Tolkienophiles from the Royal Ballet choreographed their own pas de deux for it and presented it at a recent Oxonmoot!
Posted 29 January 2003 - 07:41 PM
In Bored with the Rings Legolas is Leg o'Lamb by the way!
Can you tell our family is obsessed with LOTR?
Posted 29 January 2003 - 07:51 PM
Argle bargle morble woosh!
Posted 30 January 2003 - 03:49 PM
Which Lord of the Rings Characters are most similar to you?
#2 Aragorn (Strider)
#3 Gandalf the Grey
#4 Frodo Baggins
#6 Samwise Gamgee (Sam)
#8 Bilbo Baggins
Also, if you enjoyed Bored of the Rings, you might enjoy The Tolkien Sarcasm Page.
Posted 30 January 2003 - 04:05 PM
At the risk of being pedantic, the Lampoon spelled it Legolam.
Posted 30 January 2003 - 04:06 PM
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