One does not simply laugh in Middle Earth: Sacrificing humor in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings

@article{Bryant2014OneDN,
  title={One does not simply laugh in Middle Earth: Sacrificing humor in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings},
  author={Brantley L. Bryant},
  journal={postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies},
  year={2014},
  volume={5},
  pages={184-198}
}
  • Brantley L. Bryant
  • Published 2014
  • Philosophy
  • postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films use humor to promote a deferential relationship to a hierarchical and martial Middle Ages. The films contrast humorous moments involving the hobbits Sam, Merry and Pippin with those featuring the films’ warrior-heroes. As the narrative progresses, the hobbits become more like the heroes, reinforcing values of violence and sacrifice. The films similarly show the integration of the character Gimli, though he remains a challenge to the films’ division of… Expand

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