BE WARNED: This is only Part 1 Peter Jackson is taking every bit of care that he took in the making of The Lord of the Ring ...and that meticulously beautiful attention to Detail TAKES A GREAT DEAL Of TIME! (I got Pt 1 for last Chistmas... IT'S GORGEOUS!)
I came in with great skepticism when I watched the first Hobbit movie. I read the Hobbit at 12 and waited 2 years or so before reading the rest of the books. The Hobbit has always been my favorite largely because of Bilbo - the reluctant hero in Bilbo always fascinated me more than Frodo. It is the only of the books I read more than once.
Anyway, the blaspheme that they would divide the book into 3 movies did not sit well with me. However, I saw the first one a while back and I have to admit it was pretty good. I do indeed look forward to the next installment.
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
The films incorporate a lot of stuff from the Silmarillion and other Tales, so it's not that Jackson is inventing the material.
Yup Yup The Silmarillion & more in order to both make the tale more detailed & complete and to make it more appealing to Adults.
I read Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings @ 15 and every year following that for the next 15 years or so... plus every other Tolkien book including poems, songs, short stories then The Silmarillion edited by Christopher.
I was sorry to have seen Jackson take out Tom Bombadil, and replace him with Radagast the Brown... for whatever reason...?
Even the Songs... both whimsical and heroic, words AND TUNES are taken straight from the books, or collections of poems & tales.
Should Bilbo Baggins look vaguely familiar perhaps you'll recall seeing him in another epic tale... only in that one, rather than running off without a pocket handkerchief... ...he was leaving the Earth with his Towel.
"...When Dildo's eyes became adjusted to the pale light, he found that the grotto was almost filled by a wide, kidney-shaped lake where a nasty-looking clown named Goddam paddled noisily about on an old rubber sea horse. He ate raw fish and occasional side orders to travel from the outside world in the form of lost travelers like Dildo, and he greeted Dildo's unexpected entrance into his underground sauna in much the same way as he would the sudden arrival of a Chicken Delight truck. But like anyone with boggie ancestry, Goddam preferred the subtle approach in assaulting creatures over five inches high and weighing more than ten pounds, and consequently he challenged Dildo to a riddle game to gain time. Dildo, who had a sudden attack of amnesia regarding the fact that the dwarves were being made into chutney outside the cave, accepted...
...Stumped at last for a riddle to ask, he cried out. as his hand fell on his snub-nosed .38, "What have I got in my pocket?" This Goddam failed to answer, and growing impatient, he paddled up to Dildo, whining, "Let me see, let me see." Dildo obliged by pulling out the pistol and emptying it in Goddam's direction. The dark spoiled his aim, and he managed only to deflate the rubber boat, leaving Goddam to flounder. Goddam, who couldn't swim, reached out his hand to Dildo and begged him to pull him out, and, as he did, Dildo noticed an interesting looking ring on his finger and pulled it off. He would have finished Goddam off then and there, but pity stayed his hand. "It's a pity I've run out of bullets", he thought as he went back up the tunnel, pursued by Goddam's cries of rage..."
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