Friday, December 21, 2001

When I checked my favorite movie reviewer's column this morning in the WSJ, I was pleased to see he opened his enthusiastic review of The Lord of the Rings with a line in the quote I posted on Wednesday (see below): "'All we have to decide,' the wizard Gandalf tells Frodo, the young Hobbit hero of "The Lord of the Rings," 'is what to do with the time that is given to us.'" Now Joe Morgenstern said he had not read the books as a child nor as an adult, and he decided to watch the movie books unread. I've not seen the movie yet, but I presume that line is in the movie. (To those interested in text criticism: Notice Morgenstern writes "given to us," whereas Tolkien writes "given us.")

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