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A planned biopic on Tolkien is slated to cover his brush with life as a WWII code-breaker, a role he ultimately didn't take up. The proposed film will attempt to show how his service as a soldier during WWI and other key events led the fantasy author to write The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien's time at …

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Pass me another elf.

This one's split.

(From Orcs, by Mary Gentle (aka death of trees))

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Re: Pass me another elf.

From Orcs, by Mary Gentle

"Grunts", ITYM

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jjk

Re: Pass me another elf.

And it's Pass me another elf, sergeant.

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Re: Pass me another elf.

That's what I get for posting before my brain is awake.

Sorry Mary!

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I can't wait for my biopic to come out - I wasn't a Codebreaker too!

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Anonymous Coward

Me neither!! That's a coincidence.

WE should get together at the next Didn't Take it Up convention.

God the last one was such a laugh. I can't believe you missed it.

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KBeee's biopic

I've seen it. Sylvester McCoy deserves an oscar for his portrayal of your final stand against the lesbian space zombies…

What do you mean you haven't got to that bit of your life yet?

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Re: KBeee's biopic

They werent lesbian space zombies.

They were just Courtney Love clones.

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Re: KBeee's biopic

There's a difference?

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"The Tolkien estate is jealous at protecting the famed author's legacy and previous projects connected with his work"

Also known as the income stream.

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Merry does remember we're cousins right...

Right...?!?

LoTR secret diaries...

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I wasn't a code breaker either, and so wasn't my wife, big nose.

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Anticipated

It sounds like this biography adds the perspective of John Garth's recent work, "Tolkien and the Great War", which greatly expanded what was previously available from Humphrey's biography, Letters, and later biographies like Shipley.

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Epic Pooh

This film sounds about as enticing as does a big screen adaptation of the Sillymarillion, and could be nothing but epic pooh.

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Re: Epic Pooh

How many curics did it measure?

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The Silmarillion is perhaps the best evidence that Tolkien wasn't so much a code breaker as a code *maker*. That darned thing is a code book, and I suspect it hasn't been broken yet.

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Is Peter Jackson going to direct the biopic?

If so, be prepared for a it to be shown in 5 parts :)

(Troll icon does double duty in this case)

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" I SAY TURING"...

...they've taken the Enigma Machine to Isengard to Isengard to Isengard

to Isengard they've taken the Enigma Machine to Isengard, Is-en-gard.

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Why Tolkien didn't become a codebreaker...

... because the UK declared war on Germany, not Mordor.

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