Thread: Would Tolkien even approve?
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What makes you say that?
Or he might have seen Rashomon, or Hero, and seen how well telling the same tale from multiple viewpoints can work. Then he would have realized that all he had to do was tell the story from another perspective, say Gandalf's for example. It wouldn't be Bilbo's version. He wouldn't have to change the original story, just retell it in LotRized form. Both could exist side by side on the same bookshelf.
That seems to me a wholly unwarranted conclusion. Tolkien had no problem ignoring advice and/or criticism when he didn't like it, so his acceptance of advice in this case indicates that he was convinced by it. Additionally, he [b:1lqzn6v7]did[/b:1lqzn6v7] know how to do it and was in the process of it; he just stopped after obtaining feedback. Regardless of what you or other fans want, Tolkien decided against LotRizing The Hobbit. If he had really thought it a good idea he would have gone ahead with it regardless of the advice he had (look at Carpenter's [i:1lqzn6v7]Biography[/i:1lqzn6v7] for some examples of Tolkien's stubbornness; I believe you've read that book).
While it is possible that Tolkien would have changed his mind again if he had lived 30 years longer, I think it is rather arrogant for anyone who is not Tolkien or at least did not know Tolkien personally to make a statement such as that in light of what Tolkien actually did.
And I wouldn't want him to have supplanted the original anyway. It just would have been cool to have a "grown up" version too .
A grown-up version might have been cool, but I don't think it would really be The Hobbit anymore. It would have lost something fairly integral, imho.