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A week ago I have remarked LOTR chocolate-coated wafers in my supermarket...
Well, what did you expect? Did you want a blockbuster movie, and no merchandising? Never gonna happen (mind you you can buy Hobbit ears and feet as well now, who in **** would want such a d@mn stupid thing?)
Who cares anyway, let them do what they want to do with the films, it's J.R.R. Tolkien's works we love not Peter Jacksons.
Well said that man!
Well said Taz!
i wanted 2 b a hobbit 4 Halloween! but that wuznt cuz of the movie, that wuz cuz of the books! but no, i couldnt find hobbit feet so i had 2 take the only decently priced costume i could find- Cleopatra, which i froze in by the way! next year i will b a hobbit!
If you didn't want to freeze your hiney off, you should have gone as a lady yeti, lady bigfoot, or abominable snowwoman. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
k,k.(ps-don't throw stuff at me-i kinda liked the movies).But still it's ennoying and disturbing-like when people ask you-'what would you like for your 18th birday?A Frodo-pillow,maybe?'(nope-an Arwen-one.... Big Laugh Smilie )
Well,I'm dissapointed.....
Okay, for the truly insane, you can get Hobbit feet, ears etc. etc. at Forbidden Planet http://www.scifiwarehouse.com for all your mad collecting frenzy needs.
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Okay, for the truly insane, you can get Hobbit feet, ears etc. etc. at Forbidden Planet http://www.scifiwarehouse.com for all your mad collecting frenzy needs.


Thanku for that, i'm gonna look now for something(Ummm...gotta think of an excuse) for my friend Wink Smilie
Heh, hope you... ahem, your friend enjoys these things you get for him.
Btw. Hi Beorn (or have I already said that?) enjoy the site, and I hope you're not truly insane. Wink Smilie
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Is it just me or is LOTR turning into a huge commercial?They've come from,let's say normal stuff,as ring replicas(wich I can understand) to Balrog-candles???????? Sad Smilie the whole beauty and mystery and charm and purity of Tolkien's books are turning into....Frodo-burgers,T-shirts and other cr_ps.Humans(PJ and co.) just have to spoil every bit of innocence on this planet.... Sad Smilie

[Edited on 4/11/2002 by raptor]


i agree with you to some extent. it's just so silly with some of the things, but some are actually good. i mean there are people out there woh've been faans of tolkien for like forever and some of the things give them the opportunity to fill their surroundings with the thing they love most of all in the world: lotr
myself i plan to buy a copy of the ring and a copy of stingas soon as i get some money, lotr thing make me happy, and they do so many other people as well. but as i said, i agree with you that some things are just too much Wink Smilie
Welcome to PT miss_fantazia. Big Smile Smilie

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myself i plan to buy a copy of the ring and a copy of stingas soon as i get some money, lotr thing make me happy, and they do so many other people as well. but as i said, i agree with you that some things are just too much


You have demonstrated why there is a market out there for the licensed product trade. I have to agree that many of the LOTR items are tacky but some are very nice indeed. Of course, most are movie based. On the positive side, the commercializing of Tolkien's work, however inappropriate, has brought many more new readers to the world of J R R Tolkien.
Hi miss_fantazia. Welcome to Planet Tolkien. I hope you enjoy yourself here.

As far as the commodities are concerned. I personally liked the library feel to Tolkien's works but also loved the movie. In order for the movie to be made well (eg. with a big budget) it is inevitable that lots of commodities, some good, some cheap trash, will flood the market. If this is the price we have to pay for having a trilogy of superb films, then so be it.

I like the look of the books that have come out showing the making of the movie, and also the copy of the Ring and the swords. The books I will eventually buy, maybe the ring and a sword too, but I don't think I'll ever stoop to buying imitation hobbit feet or elven ears.
Welcome to our forum Miss_Fantazia. Happy Elf Smilie

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I now have to buy the scabard for the smaller of my two Stings.

Has anyone seen the "Sword of Arwen"? It is beautiful and feels a lot more Elf flavored than the blades carried by the Men; I'm not sure if I remember seeing Legolas' brace of blades. Anyway, I am lusting after Arwen's blade. In Love Smilie Check it out at http://armsofvalour.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AOVL&Product_Code=LoR-006&Category_Code=LR
I always loved that sword! If anyone is going to buy it I know where you can get it for $180.00 instead of $215.00.
That's a nice looking sword... don't tempt me though. I'd only finish up hurting somebody.
I am constantly surprised at the amount of LOTR merchandise appearing in department stores, toy shops and even the post office. I was unable to resist a 'Merry and Pippin' pencil box for school (hehe - make the other fantasy writers jealous). There was also a large book-shaped tin with Eomer on the front. I was unable to think of a use for it, so I left it. Might get the kids a money box each for christmas.

I still am unable to find the LORT t-shirts. Where on earth are they?

Hehe - elven ears and hobbit feet? oh, the kids would love those!

Swords - I wish I had the financial where-with-all. I would love a 'Glamdring'.

I am not too keen on wearing a 'one ring' though, even if it is only a copy. I would love an 'Arwen pendant' though.
I've seen all of the swords and they are all gorgeous... real conversation pieces. I wish I could afford them all! Sadly, I don't have $215 or even $180 just lying around... especially not this time of year!
I buy almost every LOTR thing I find in stores! Big Smile Smilie I have this Tolkien shrine on a dresser in my house, I put all my LOTR things there,I have so much stuff!
I've seen all the tat that they are posing as LOTR mercandise, The worst one of all has to be the ring. How wide are the strokes of the writing on the ring. Its meant to be almost invisible to the naked eye.
The only good things to buy are the books and not the rubbish ones with scenes from tjhe movie on the front cover.
Well, all I can say is that all good movies that come out usually end up with some of their taky merchindise in the stores! So Angry Smilie
I`m on your side Taz! Well said, VERY well said!! Wink Smilie
I LIKE the LOTR stuff. Thats all I ever ask for for my b'day and X-mas. I look at it this way. If it wasn't for the movie, then most of this stuff wouldn't be avalible!
As i said before, it is all about the market and the costumers, there is no movie anymore, there is no passion anymore.
I have to agree, some of them LotR stuff are pretty nicely made. Even though they would be fun to have I would never spend my money on such merchandise. I'd rather spend them on the Tolkienbooks I don't yet own.
But I think there should be LotR stuff to those who does want to own them, to some extense, though. When I saw these new LotRcereal I became worried. THAT'S screwing up good books.
When I said tacky merchindise, I didn`t mean all of it is. I meant, sometimes they make the merchindise and go to far. It depends on what things they re selling. Sometimes they can get a bit silly!
On off them cheap magazines that offer Teapots and junk, were the first isue is 1.99 next 100 isues 5.99 is realesing How to Wargame in Middle-Earth. The Bilge they sell to jump on the band wagon is terrible.
For any of you who want to wargame go to stonehelm's website he tell's you how to do it in one go and for free! you can fond alink in the advertisements section.
And what is Stonehelm`s site? I`ve never heard of it.
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And what is Stonehelm`s site? I`ve never heard of it.
So go to the Advertisement section near the bottom of the forum Sheryl, look for Stonehelm's ad thread, and click on it. Happy Elf Smilie
I have not got a problem with people buying merchandise, the thing is the ring is supposed to be a finely wrought piece of evil with barely readable flowing script, not some gold plated piece of tin with huge diverts scratched out of it in the form of the black speech.

My beef lie's with the people who postAuthorIDise these p-poor imatations to be manufactured for there ultimate and inquencable greed!
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not some gold plated piece of tin with huge diverts scratched out of it in the form of the black speech

Actually some of these rings are fine crafted pure gold and quite beautiful.
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Actually some of these rings are fine crafted pure gold and quite beautiful.
I'm quite tempted to get one as a wedding ring.
What so you can dissapear when the nagging harpie want's some pointless job doing?
You can't get married Val we've already discused this and how it's punishment in some countries including the UK!
Get drunk with all your mates then blurt out "I luv' you, now let's go get a Kebab." then you've got an excuse if it goes wrong.
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What so you can dissapear when the nagging harpie want's some pointless job doing?
Now that's a fringe benefit I hadn't thought about. In the past I've always used work as that excuse.
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You can't get married Val
Not until I get divorced from the last one at any rate.
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Get drunk with all your mates then blurt out "I luv' you, now let's go get a Kebab." then you've got an excuse if it goes wrong.
I seem to recall that's pretty much how it started in the first place.
You've heard the term "Tie the Knot"? Well, what they don't tell you is that it's a slipknot!

Really, pay no attention to me. I'm rather disillusioned with the whole marriage concept. I've seen it time and time again- once the honeymoon's over, THE HONEYMOON IS OVER!

Not that I really believe that a good marriage is impossible. My mother and step-father have been married for six or seven years and are still so in love it makes me physically ill. But they are the excpetion, not the rule.
I'm glad to see male chauvinism is'nt dead, it's live and kicking in the form of us three!
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I'm glad to see male chauvinism is'nt dead, it's live and kicking in the form of us three
And every other male who can get away with it Big Smile Smilie
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How DO you get away with it???
I've found that if you let them know you are quite happy living on your own without them, and that you really don't mind if they dump you, and that you will most definetly dump them the moment they begin nagging, they very rarely do.

Please note, I accept absolutely no responsibility for anyone who actually tries this and gets himself dumped. As all of the previous ones did actually dump me for having this attitude, maybe the present one is just an exception to this rule.

My other method is just to smile nicely and agree with all of their critisisms, and then to ignore them anyway.
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I'm quite tempted to get one as a wedding ring

I thought the inscription would make this a strange choice for a wedding band, however, after reading the male insight into that age-old institution of marriage, perhaps it isn't so strange afterall. Smoke Smilie
One Ring to Bind Them...Seems the perfect choice of words to me to me.
You mean: One ring to find them all and in the darkness bind them.

Sounds like S&M to me!