This may be an offtopic, but I need to get as many comments as I can.
I have recently translated one priest's review of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for the Christian Missionary Journal Foma. Below is the first paragraph of my translation.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS”, A TALE FOR OUR TIME
A discussion with Fr. Maxim Pervozvanskiy
The recent movie adaptation of the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy has become a real hit. It is the first time a fantasy tale has received so many Oscars and gained such an enormous audience. The popularity of the film is of course partly due to the fact that it is based on the famous novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. How successfully does the film depict Tolkien’s world? (Tolkien himself said that the book was impossible to film, but did give his permission to adapt the movie to the screen — Ed. Note) What is the influence of “The Lord of the Rings” on its young audience and readers? Has this trilogy not become for them a new “lord of the minds”? These were the main questions we tried to discuss with Fr. Maksim Pervozvanskiy, the editor-in-chief of the Orthodox Youth Magazine. Please do not take Fr. Maxim's ideas as an official Church statement of any kind; what we have here is a private opinion of a priest, a missionary involved in working with young adults. http://fomacenter.ru/english/index.php?issue=5