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Right, I was taking a long train journey recently, and I was thinking about warhammer, and then I was thinking about....Tolkien. And basically blah blah blah how Warhammer has 'borrowed' so much of it's ideas from Tolkien.
Then I had an idea....but it seems like utter sacrilege to do...but I can't let go of it now.
I could write a version of LOTR (*gulp*), but set it in the 40k universe. Yes the two most likely things you could say I already anticipated:
1/ That would take forever! - Yes, I know it might take months, but I'm not going anywhere.
2/ It's utter sacrilege, how could you ever think of re-writing Tolkien? - I know it's hard to comprehend, but I've thought about this a lot, and I think I could actually do it quite well (if I ever finished it). I already came up with a 'concept list' for the story to convert it.
Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin = Ratlings
Legolas = Eldar Pathfinder from primitive craftworld
Gimli = A Squat
Aragorn = A 'Lost' Master of a Marine Chapter* (see appendixes)
Boromir = A Captain from those marines
Gandalf = Powerful Psyker-Inquisitor
Sauron = Ancient Daemon
Ringwraiths = 9 Daemon Princes
Saruman = 'Fallen' Inquisitor
Orcs = Duh
Trolls = Possessed Marines?
Gondor = Bealeagured Marine Chapter
Rohan = Imperial World similiar to Attila
Elves = Eldar
Dwarves = Squats
Ents = Kroot? (Not quite the same, still working on that one)
Middle Earth = The sector
Minas Tirith = Fortress Monastery
Helms Deep = Imperial Citadel
Isenguard = Inquisition Fortress
Mordor = Scoured world where enemy is massing (with chaos fortress)
Quick Plot Synopsis
Ratling (Frodo) gets handed a ring which turns out to be ancient chaos artifact. It is recognised by his friend who is an DH Inquisitor (Gandalf), who makes him flee with his friends. Seeking protection where they can, the Inquisitor sends them to an Eldar craftworld where they seek sanctuary. After a counsel, the visitors and traders to the craftworld create a band to destroy the ring. Due to current cadia campaign, and the nature of their sector's isolation they can count on no reinforcements from outside their sector. At the meeting include a squat, an Eldar ranger from another craftworld, and a resident mysterious marine commander (see appendix). Also there is a desperate captain from a fortress monastery on the edge of the sector, who desperately seeks aid against chaos. A chaos lord has arosen of incredible power, and marshals a massive army. It includes men (cultists), and the forces of a group of ork warbosses he has convinced to (or got to worship him) follow him, and how together there can be ever more fighting and glory ('against da umies ov course'. Together they band together on a mission to destroy the artifact the chaos lord hundreds of years ago poured his power into (think DOW) to destroy him.
The marine captain (aka Aragorn), was the leader of the marine chapter hundreds of years ago, and the chapter had another fortress in the 'north' of the sector. However it was destroyed in an assault by the 'Dark lord', and nearly everyone there was killed. The chapter master however's mind was broken, and like an amnesiac he wondered the 'wilds' of the sectors for a long time, before an Eldar Farseer restored his mind and memories, and he seeks to return to his position as chapter master. Meanwhile currently under assault by the vast armies of the Dark Lord and desperately bealeagured/hopelessly outnumbered, the chapter 'steward' (until the master returns) sends the captain of it's first company (who's brother was also recruited and became master of the second company) to the Eldar to seek their aid against the coming dark.
What do you think? Is it a very bad idea? :mellow: It's a big job.
As far as I'm concerned, Tolkien was a strange guy with wierd social views and a strange sense of racial supremacy. Which would all have been okay, except that he couldn't write.
Don't get me wrong. I like the fundamental idea, I just can't stand Lord of the Rings. Who knows, you might make it palatable to me by rewriting it in a setting which is interesting to me.
Ah well, that is based on your personal opinion of Tolkien, so yes it probably won't sit as well with you. However I'm pretty sure thats not the popular opinion I'm waiting on, so I'll hang fire and see what some actual Lord of the Rings fans think of it.
Hey, I like the idea, it sounds a fun project.
Just because I don't shout 'OMG! LORD OF THE RINGS! DO IT!' doesn't mean I'm trashing the idea. I say go for it.
I just really wish all the 'good' people in that book hadn't been nordic and beautiful, and all the 'bad' people hadn't been either twisted and ugly, or non-white. Simplicity doesn't do it for me.. but that's just me, as you said.
Don't take me the wrong way either, I'm not expecting everyone to go 'Kool, , go that wud pwnz0r cuz itz LOTR !" (Or if they dared to without the modding), I'm more expecting everyone to go 'what gives you the right to think you can mess with LOTR?'
Don't take me the wrong way either, all Im saying is if you don't like LOTR/Tolkien, this is hardly going to sell to you.
As I always said, ratlings only fight because you have their ring. I like the idea, but LOTR itself gets me to sleep easy.
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OMG! LORD OF THE RINGS! DO IT! :lol:
trolls = great knarloc
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Shas'O'M'Yen @ Feb 27 2005, 04:04)</div><div class='quotemain'>Well said</div>
40K fiction and parodies are awsome! I say go for it ! ^_^
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Everything sounds fine here, apart from "Boromir". I would make him an IG commander of "Gondor", which is also the world that "Aragorn's" chapter used to draw their recruits from.
That would require the place to have fallen to Chaos and been reconquered, but that's not an entirely bad idea.
hah neat idea. plz finish it. will be a LOT better than the original LOTR. and plz, dont write 3 books LOTR was boring and took forever to read. i read it just for basic knowledge of what the hell every1 was talking about at the time.
I'll go out on a wild goose chase here if you don't mind.