Le Guin on the Earthsea series

She comments on the director’s comments here.

“This has absolutely nothing to do with ‘people who believe and people who do not believe.’ That terrible division into Believers and Unbelievers (itself a matter not of reason but of belief) is one which bedevils Christianity and Islam and drives their wars.

“But the wizards of Earthsea would look on such wars as madness, and the dragons of Earthsea would laugh at them and fly away…”

“I wonder if the people who made the film of The Lord of the Rings had ended it with Frodo putting on the Ring and ruling happily ever after, and then claimed that that was what Tolkien “intended…” would people think they’d been “very, very honest to the books”?

Mind you, I would have a hard time getting past a blond Ged anyway. But that’s secondary, compared to the sort of issues above.

It’s too bad. I’d love to see Earthsea brought to screen well.

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