Thursday, March 20, 2008

Jane Austen meets J. R. R. Tolkien

Joe Wright's 2005 film of the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice
is grimier than previous depictions, with the Bennett sisters having to trudge through muddy fields to reach stately homes. I had the strange feeling I was actually seeing what a screen adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings should have looked like.

Darcy and Elizabeth walk around the ground of the fictional Pemberley. This is actually the Gardens of Stourhead with its Temple of Apollo and Palladian Bridge.

Stourhead is at Warminster, about 100 km from Oxford, where Tolkien worked. Stourhead and Blenheim Palace , just outsiode Oxford, have grounds by English Landscape architect, Capability Brown. If middle earth was set in a real place, it may well look like Brown's landscape.

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