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Peter Jackson Hospitalized w/ Stomach Ulcer

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the sauron-is-watching dept.

Lord of the Rings 84

An anonymous reader writes "The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien suffered from a perforated ulcer before dying in 1973. Now today, New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and soon-to-be-director of the two Hobbit movies, was hospitalized with a perforated stomach ulcer, and underwent surgery. This is only expected to slightly delay the filming of The Hobbit, and he's expected to make a full recovery."

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Hmmm (0)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021034)

Maybe if he'd used his impressive CGI skills to create a better working environment, more hospitable country and friendlier government officials he wouldn't have had this 'analog' medical issue. ;-)

Re:Hmmm (0)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021060)

Well, he could use his impressive CGI skills to create a much better 'digital' medical issue.

Re:Hmmm (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021130)

I just hope he doesn't take it 3-D. Wouldn't work; it's a convergence vs focus thing.

Re:Hmmm (2)

ESarge (140214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021258)

They gave him a knighthood, his studio USD50 million odd of tax breaks and subsidies [nzherald.co.nz] and changed employment law [nzherald.co.nz] so everybody who works on films is a contractor.

Exactly how much friendlier did you want the government to be?

Re:Hmmm (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021614)

Free pony's and foot rubs would be a good start.

Re:Hmmm (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021780)

Why not!? You put free apostrophes in plurals! Why didn't you write rub's? I want to know.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35030678)

you did not understand what I was asking for.

I dont want ponys I want pony's. catch my drift?

I've heard of dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021040)

I've heard of dying for one's art.. But this is taking it too far :)

Re:I've heard of dying (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021344)

Maybe Mr. Jackson should stop drinking what Hobbits are serving at the 'local' tavern?

Bless. (4, Interesting)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021044)

may he get well quick. if he puts out 2 more good movies like the ones in lotr series, he will be doing good to all of us.

Re:Bless. (1)

sixsixtysix (1110135) | more than 3 years ago | (#35026290)

his career peaked with braindead a.k.a. dead alive.

Ulcers don't kill anymore (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021088)

Since it is now well known that ulcers are primarily a result of bacterial infection, they can be cured with antibiotics. Perforated ulcers these days is primary the result of lack of diagnosis. This can be due to doctor's incompetence, bad luck and/or patient's inability to seek medical help.

But overall, the stomach ulcer condition is very curable. You no longer bleed out or have your stomach removed because you have ulcers, like it was common in as early as 1980s

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (4, Informative)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021588)

Yea, the OP also, conveniently, forgot to mention the fact that Tolkien was 81 when his ulcer killed him. Older people tend to have a much higher mortality rate with major surgery, for obvious reasons.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (3, Interesting)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021686)

Ulcers are predominately caused hy the bacteria H. Pylori http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pylori [wikipedia.org]

This bacteria can cause genetic changes in the stomach lining which lead to stomach cancer. I had the bacteria about 10 years ago, and the cocktail of antibiotics they give you for treatment is a nauseous nightmare.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021828)

"...the cocktail of antibiotics they give you for treatment is a nauseous nightmare. "

You need to get a new doctor.
I had it 3 years ago and I had to take 5 pills during a week.
No adverse reactions whatsoever.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#35046784)

Things change in 10 years, apparently for the better...

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021904)

This bacteria can cause genetic changes in the stomach lining which lead to stomach cancer.

This sounds more like virus.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#35046790)

Sorry. The effects of the bacteria can cause changes that lead to cancer. Not a doctor.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 3 years ago | (#35055056)

I never heard before a bacteria which can cause genetic change, however all viruses do that. Bacteria usually produce toxins. And we know that some toxins can cause cancer too. (Not a doctor.)

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022704)

Just so you know, these days it all comes in a pack if you're diagnosed with it. A pack of acid reducers taken 3 times a day for 7-21 days, and 1-2 packs of antibiotics taken every day for 7-21 days twice to three times a day. It's come a long way in the last 10 years.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023054)

Ulcers are predominately caused hy the bacteria H. Pylori http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pylori [wikipedia.org]

This bacteria can cause genetic changes in the stomach lining which lead to stomach cancer. I had the bacteria about 10 years ago, and the cocktail of antibiotics they give you for treatment is a nauseous nightmare.

I'd like to know what sort of bacteria alter my DNA.

Then I'd like to patent, copyright, trademark, etc. it. That way Stan Lee can't use it for the basis of another shitty universe where the GENETIC MUTATION cop out is the back story for every DC ripoff character he dreams up.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Kurofuneparry (1360993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35026646)

As far as we know the bacteria do not directly alter DNA. Rather, like in the condition known as Barrett's Esophagus, hyperplasia and dysplastic changes in the cells occur as a result of ulcers, acid etc. These demands on the cells increase the change of a clonal metaplasia including cancer. Then again, I'm a med school idiot .....

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022658)

It's been well known for the last 8-10 years(note: these doctors and the fellows who discovered this were call quacks in the medical profession for years). Before that all ulcers were believed to be caused by stress for the most part(one of those: the science is settled type things). Sure it's curable, that doesn't stop even good doctors from misdiagnosing it, or ultrasound tech's from missing it either.

It's very easy to mistake a started perforated ulcer to something else in the upper tract causing bleeding.

Re:Ulcers don't kill anymore (1)

Kurofuneparry (1360993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35026664)

While stomach ulcers are very curable, they can often progress to perforation with relatively little warning. We don't know if any doctor or the patient himself are to blame for this progression. Hope he recovers quickly. Then again, I'm an idiot....

Too bad (1)

OpenDude (1948202) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021090)

I was looking forward to the Hobbit.

Re:Too bad (1)

genghisjahn (1344927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021120)

What is too bad? FTFS "This is only expected to slightly delay the filming of The Hobbit, and he's expected to make a full recovery." Are you saying it's too bad that he will recover and make the movies and that you were hoping he wouldn't make the movies and some other director would take the helm?

Re:Too bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35022226)

Maybe the GP is dying... and his/her window of death is happening too soon now. Geesh... you are such a callous person!

It was the ring (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021110)

He was given the One Ring by Tolkien, and still hasn't taken it off yet.

Only one way to cure H. Pylori (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021122)

You have to get some antibiotics from the pharmacy in the lobby of Mt. Doom.

Re:Only one way to cure H. Pylori (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023112)

You have to get some antibiotics from the pharmacy in the lobby of Mt. Doom.

One does not simply WALK up to the counter.
One must form a line 5 feet from the counter for the other customers's privacy, and then wait for the "pharmacy tech" to move 30 pills from the bottle of 300 pills to a smaller, empty bottle.

Good thing this was in NZ (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021154)

If this had happened in the US, he'd probably be out $100,000

Re:Good thing this was in NZ (2)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021210)

Yeah, because Peter Jackson really needs to have the taxpayer cover his medical expenses. Especially considering that the per capita income in NZ is $27,460 (according to the IMF). I am quite confident that Peter Jackson earns quite a bit more than that....even after you take out $100,000 to cover this procedure.

Re:Good thing this was in NZ (1)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021772)

No. They'd probably comp his medical bills in the U$A. I mean, he's a famous person!
The charges would be passed onto other patients of that medical facility because the costs have to be made up somewhere, after all.

Re:Good thing this was in NZ (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021924)

Can you give an example of that happening? I can imagine it happening, but I have never heard of it actually happening. Hospitals and such have much less need for advertising than just about any other business (which is why organizations comp a celebrity most of the time).

Re:Good thing this was in NZ (1)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023408)

No; more of an imaginative thing. But many people around the states are extremely frivolous and nonsensical like that. I don't believe universal healthcare would be effective in practice, but what we as Americans have got now is simply broken.

Re:Good thing this was in NZ (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023616)

You are correct. Employer provided health "insurance" is a bad model. It separates the consumer of healthcare from the cost of healthcare.

Re:Good thing this was in NZ (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021860)

Right, because he wouldn't have health insurance or anything like that.

LOTR & Jackson Critique (0, Offtopic)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021216)

The Lord of the Rings movies, of course, were amazing. Perhaps even awesome in the non-valley-girl sense of the word. But there were a couple parts that niggled at me that he could have done differently.

1) "Let's hunt some orc!" ended the first movie (or nearly so) as Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas race off to find the lost hobbits. In the book: "We will make such a chase as shall be accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds: Elves, Dwarves, and Men." I would have liked to have heard the latter, perhaps spoken a bit more sincerely, less shouting. Give it an intense moment.

2) Sam deciding to carry Frodo up the mountain. Again with the shouting. Why not make it, again, a more intense moment, a zoom on Sam and Frodo's faces together and him delivering the line "Then I will carry you" in a hoarse whisper.

Kind of hearkens back to the difference between British and American film making. LOTR, despite being made by a Kiwi, comes across as rather over the top American. To explain, there's a brief scene in the theater production Wicked where the witch and her lover are alone, kneeling together on the ground. She says, "You know. For the first time, I truly feel....wicked." The London version she whispers "wicked" with a devilish grin. The San Francisco version, she hollers it and tackles the guy. Both work, it just depends on what you prefer. I'm a non-laugh-track kind of person. Pirates of the Caribbean 1 did well because of it subtleties, wry looks, and sarcastic humor. 2 & 3 did less well because they went for slapstick comedy and dumped the intelligence.

Re:LOTR & Jackson Critique (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021336)

What about Gimli's asinine quote about nervous systems? (Think that might've only been in the extended version, though.)

The fact that Faramir's character was so brutally bastardized it isn't funny? (Protip, Aragorn had nothing on Faramir in terms of 'good guy incarnate'.)

Speaking of which, Aragorn being made emo-whiny? Tolkien's Aragorn was whipping out Narsil and declaring himself at every opportunity, and even at times when there was no opportunity, FFS. Jackson's? "But.. But I don't want to be King. I want to.. I want to sing!"

Pah. My only consolation in all this, is that at least Jackon's butchery of the Hobbit will probably be slightly better than the horrid animated version of the Hobbit that's out there. :p

Re:LOTR & Jackson Critique (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021512)

"Let's hunt some orc!" ended the first movie (or nearly so) as Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas race off to find the lost hobbits. In the book: "We will make such a chase as shall be accounted a marvel among the Three Kindreds: Elves, Dwarves, and Men."

And how about his butchery of Bad Taste (a.k.a. Braindead)? "I kick ass for the lord!"? Oh, please! In the original 1950s novel, it was "I shall deliver unto thee, such an asskicking it shall be accounted a marvel across the schismed branches, and thenceforth Protestants and Catholics will reunite in their joy over your suffering."

Re:LOTR & Jackson Critique (2)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022188)

And how about his butchery of Bad Taste (a.k.a. Braindead)?

Bad taste and Braindead are very different films. Bad taste was Peter Jacksons first film for which the production crew, film crew, and cast were pretty much the same small group of people. It is a wonderful piece of exceptionally low-budget schlock. Braindead was made considerably later (after Meet the Feebles) for considerably more money and is a wonderful piece of mid-budget schlock.

Re:LOTR & Jackson Critique (1)

bjackson1 (953136) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021634)

This is going even more off-topic, but RE: Wicked, my fiancee is a huge fan (Seen it maybe 20 times?, I've seen it about 4 of those). I don't know if it's so much the difference between productions, but between actresses. I've seen it in Chicago three times and once in NYC and the actual performances varies based on the actress playing Glinda (it varies between the main and the understudy in Chicago, etc), not so much about where it was performed. After each showing my fiancee briefs me on how well each of the actresses did and her thoughts.

Just thought you might appreciate the viewpoint of a theatre nerd, instead of the normal technie nerds :).

Re:LOTR & Jackson Critique (1)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022360)

Oh definitely. I've only seen it the twice and both performances had different but good pieces. I found Glinda's humor to be more wry in the British one, and the overall serious tone of Elphaba is less dramatic and a bit more fun also. Also, we saw Alexia Khadime as Elphaba in London and while her voice isn't typical, man she belted out Defying Gravity. Both productions were amazing -- definitely my favorite musical.

Representation of said Ulcer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021330)


 

Misleading summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021400)

"Someone with the exact same background and the exact same condition died in a horrible death years prior. He has so much to look forward to, like these amazing feats, and that fantastic project, it's a damn shame. Everything's alright, though."

What Caused the Ulcer? (2, Interesting)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021418)

I have ten bucks that says he developed the ulcer due to the stress of having to deal with modern copyright issuess and whatever big name Hollywood studios he's had to tolerate doing business with.

Guns don't kill people, the modern entertainment media industry kill people. :D

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (2)

compro01 (777531) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021676)

Most ulcers aren't related to stress (directly, anyway. it can contribute, as prolonged stress can mess with the immune system). It's almost always a bacteria infection.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (2)

boombaard (1001577) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022676)

Bullshit. The reason those bacterial infections can grow without being disturbed is precisely because your immune system is inactive during stressed periods. See Sapolsky's work, e.g., Why Zebra's don't get Ulcers. [amazon.com] , or his recent splendid TTC series Stress and your body [teach12.com] .

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (2)

Kurofuneparry (1360993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35026690)

This was thought to be true years ago when H. Pylori first got on our radar. Further testing has shown that a very large percentage of people have H. Pylori without problems. Research has demonstrated that stress is a very large factor, along with genetics, diet and infection. The original statement that stress from work may have contributed to the ulcer is a medically valid observation, especially since he's publicly commented on how demanding the movies were

Then again, I'm a medical school idiot.....

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (3, Insightful)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021760)

I have ten bucks that says he developed the ulcer due to the stress of having to deal with modern copyright issuess and whatever big name Hollywood studios he's had to tolerate doing business with.

That's a pretty poor bet, given that ulcers are usually caused by Helicobacter pylori, not stress, sin, witchcraft, or any of the other superstitious beliefs we used to have regarding ulcers.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023398)

That's a pretty poor bet, given that ulcers are usually caused by Helicobacter pylori, not stress, sin, witchcraft, or any of the other superstitious beliefs we used to have regarding ulcers.

Yes, but everyone knows the Helicobacter pylori are summoned with witchcraft.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (4, Informative)

sloanesky (1371165) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021836)

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it now known that most ulcers are caused by Helicobacter Pylori [wikipedia.org] infection rather than being stress induced? Stress may have exacerbated the symptoms but I'd wager this nasty microbe was what caused it.

Check out the history section in the above link for the awesome story of how the guy who discovered the link between H. Pylori and ulcers got people to take his results seriously. Its one of my favorites.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022176)

Check out the history section in the above link for the awesome story of how the guy who discovered the link between H. Pylori and ulcers got people to take his results seriously. Its one of my favorites.

So you're saying Africa is to blame? ;) It is an interesting history.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023176)

Oh no, you're completely, 100%, factually accurate. The intent of my comment was not to make a serious assertion, but, rather, to make a snarky joke aimed at lambasting the entertainment industry. Of course, as is typical on slashdot, I fully expected someone more pedantic than me to come along and put me in my place for using an old wives tale to make a wise-ass remark on what is supposed to be a serious website.

Congratulations, you win at being the first poster modded up for said correction. =P

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

sloanesky (1371165) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023724)

It is my experience that most people I interact with on a daily basis do not know about even the existence of H. pylori much less its role as the casual agent of most ulcers. Perhaps I should have expected differently from the more informed Slashdot crowd, but alas it is too late now. Either way it was not my intent to be pedantic, but rather to inform, so I apologize if I came off as "putting you in your place". It was not my intent to do so.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35024768)

Oh, I wasn't offended. Besides, unless there's blood on the ground, there's no need to apologize. I don't mind the correction at all. When I post things like that above, it's entirely due to my boredom and amusement derived from people acting on the internet. Don't worry about it.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35023960)

This is one of those stories that people love to repeat but it's only partly true. Half of all of the people in world harbor H. Pylori in their stomachs. However it only becomes dangerous when the immune system fails to prevent it from overgrowing. Immune system suppression is well known to occur in...wait for it... overstressed individuals. So yes stress causes ulcers. And yes bacteria cause ulcers.

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

Onymous Coward (97719) | more than 3 years ago | (#35025178)

I think the fact that the direct mechanism for peptic ulcers is bacteria does not preclude stress's being a cause.

It's like thinking "I was not the cause of your concussion, it was the baseball bat ".

An expert panel convened by the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research concluded that ulcers are not purely an infectious disease and that psychological factors do play a significant role. Researchers are examining how stress might promote H. pylori infection. For example, Helicobacter pylori thrives in an acidic environment, and stress has been demonstrated to cause the production of excess stomach acid. This was supported by a study on mice showing that both long-term water-immersion-restraint stress and H. pylori infection were independently associated with the development of peptic ulcers.

WP [wikipedia.org]

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

Kurofuneparry (1360993) | more than 3 years ago | (#35026716)

Hey, med school student here. I commented elsewhere on this board:

This [H. Pylori only causing infection] was thought to be true years ago when H. Pylori first got on our radar. Further testing has shown that a very large percentage of people have H. Pylori without problems. Research has demonstrated that stress is a very large factor, along with genetics, diet and infection. The original statement that stress from work may have contributed to the ulcer is a medically valid observation, especially since he's publicly commented on how demanding the movies were.

Then again, I'm a medical school idiot.....

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

thomst (1640045) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021956)

I have ten bucks that says he developed the ulcer due to the stress of having to deal with modern copyright issuess and whatever big name Hollywood studios he's had to tolerate doing business with.

Gastric ulcers are the result of "hotspot" infections by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. The most common contributing factors are diabetes, heavy use of NSAIDs, and prolonged high stress levels.

At a guess, and given his obvious weight, Jackson's ulcer was probably precipitated by diabetes and stress. Of course YMMV, etc.

Guess why I know these things ...

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021986)

Guns don't kill people, ah ah. [youtube.com] the modern entertainment media industry kill people. With guns.

-MC Vagina

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (3, Informative)

SplashMyBandit (1543257) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022882)

Well, it turns out that several months ago an Australian actors' union (lead by a guy called Simon Whipp) tried to muscle in on the New Zealand scene and caused a lot of problems for the production. Jackson was involved in the resulting cat-fight, and no-one (including Jackson) came out looking like a saint (although some looked worse than others). The problem was resolved by the NZ Government stepping in, modifying some laws and promising greater assistance for the film. Cynics have a small NZ industry dispute being inflated to the benefit of large Hollywood studios (who made noises about moving the film elsewhere - which ultimately ensured they received a beneficial outcome).

This was what passes for major news in New Zealand, since we don't have too much other bad stuff going at that time (dislaimer: I'm from New Zealand).

Here is some of the reporting of the bitch-fighting that went on (go forth Slashdotters, melt that server to molten slag!):
http://www.onfilm.co.nz/2010/10/27/peter-jackson-statement-re-actors-equity-the-hobbit-i-was-never-asked-for-a-meeting-not-without-a-gun-to-my-head-2/ [onfilm.co.nz]

Re:What Caused the Ulcer? (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023422)

I have ten bucks that says he developed the ulcer due to the stress of having to deal with modern copyright issuess and whatever big name Hollywood studios he's had to tolerate doing business with.

The copyright issues for the producer - director are straight-forward: You expected to generate a return on an investment of $100 to $500 million dollars. If you are doing the next Batman, James Bond, LOTR or Harry Potter flick you are expected to deliver a marketable product that preserves the franchise. You take responsibility for a $100 - $200 million dollar project -

Medical advances curses and other mythology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021510)

Thank goodness for things like Science. Medical advancements are awesome.... myths and curses be damned.

It's the curse of the ring (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021536)

He should never have gotten involved with it.

I loved the movies and wish him a speedy recovery.

Re:It's the curse of the ring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35026818)

Get into the books dude. Seriously.

No question that Peter Jackson sold out on his movies but the way he managed to utterly ignore and omit some of the central ideas of the story was unforgivable. Sorry to say it but making a fortune off the back of a great great writer and producing such saccharin and sickening crap is about as bad as it gets.

Re:It's the curse of the ring (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35049536)

Tom, I've told you before; you sucked in the book, and Jackson was right to leave you out. Go back to Goldberry and stop pestering people.

Curse of the ring? *gasp* (2)

jadin (65295) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021594)

Thank you anonymous reader for trying to start the "Curse of the Ring!"

I hope you fail miserably.

I happen to enjoy 'studying' coincidences, but trying to insert them when it's just happenstance is pretty lame.

Re:Curse of the ring? *gasp* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35022388)

It wasn't The Ring.
It was Phillipa Boyens screenplay revisions...

Who (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021600)

Cares

Red Cameras (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35021664)

It must have been all the Red camera's he purchased..those are pretty $$

But did the ulcer kill him? (0)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 3 years ago | (#35021776)

"The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien suffered from a perforated ulcer before dying in 1973."
So what, everybody I know will have lots of diseases and illnesses before dying. You don't get many afterwards.

Not to worry (2)

gaderael (1081429) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022026)

Like some actors, he's just getting into character.

Twitter motherfucker, have you heard of it? (1)

CrackedButter (646746) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022502)

The summary could have been tweeted. Move along, nothing to see.

Jackson admires Tolkien a great deal... (1)

turthalion (891782) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022518)

... but he's taking things too far giving himself a self-inflicted perforated ulcer.

The "Stigmata" of Tolkien (1)

prometx42 (1107413) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022916)

That is an augurous doom indeed...

It's only fair (1)

richtaur (1234738) | more than 3 years ago | (#35022942)

Pretty sure I got an ulcer after watching Meet the Feebles [imdb.com] . But seriously, all the best wishes for him, I'm sure most geeks here have watched the LotR movies multiple times (I'm at 20+ for the Fellowship alone) and have high hopes for The Hobbit. Especially since it'll be a two-parter, we need him in good health.

Get well soon!

The Music of the Ainur (4, Funny)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35023170)

And it came to pass that, when Illuvatar had presented the Third Theme in which the coming of Men was foretold, Melkor in defiance awaited the moment in which the themes were echoed in canon. Then, in despite of Illuvatar, he did let forth a gut-rumbler that echoed through the Firmament, and one thread recounting the Themes of Illuvatar was extinguished. "See here," said Illuvatar, "that thou, Melkor, art an ass and a cretin. For my music hath already echoed when thou didst snuff out the thread. My Themes and your Music will be retold and recounted; thou art too late to prevent it."

"Verily," replied Melkor, "Thou hast spoken." And the Music and Third Theme continued. But Melkor, consumed with spite and sophomoric behaviors, awaited the next echo of the Themes and Music in canon, and covering his mouth with his hand, did let forth another sound of ailment of the stomach. The Valarauko around him did giggle, but Illuvatar was ill-pleased and knew full well who had let one rip, and shored up the echoed thread of the Theme by his will.

"Melkor, hie thee to my office," spoke Illuvatar, and the Ainur were abashed. "There shalt thou write ten thousand fold, 'I shall not belch during holy musics'."

And Melkor's resentment grew, for he now realized that the Music would be recounted, not once but twice, and no ailment of the stomach would interfere. ---

And this is why Tolkien fell over from an ulcer... and why Peter Jackson had one too but is getting successful treatment.

Life mimics art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35023690)

He looked to much like a hobbit, Shelob got confused.

There's a saying ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35028526)

Archimedes is dead, Einstein is dead and I myself am not feeling to well.
We're all star dust and connections between our lives and those of our predecessors are most of the time for our own entertainment.

Curse rumour? (1)

LongearedBat (1665481) | more than 3 years ago | (#35028546)

How long until we hear about a curse? Isn't that what happens when there's any sort of morbid coincidence?

NSAIDs will drill a hole through an ulcer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35029096)

I almost died from a perforated ulcer. I did not know I had an ulcer. I did not have any symptoms, but I was over using NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat tooth pain. NSAIDs will drill a hole through an ulcer. NSAIDs include Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Celebrex.

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