Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hobbit

If you don't know that the movie The Hobbit is being released on December 14th I would like to kindly encourage you climb out from beneath the rock you are living under and get out into the world more.

Those of you that know about the movie might not realize it is being created by the same man who gave us the Lord of the Rings movies, Peter Jackson.

It is interesting to note that Peter Jackson took the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which all together is more than 1100 pages and turned it into three movies. He is now taking The Hobbit, a book which is only a little more than 250 pages and turning it into....three movies!

This has fans of Tolkien (like me) equally excited and terrified.

I am excited because I am fairly certain Jackson will be including events that happen "off stage" during The Hobbit. In the middle of the story Gandalf disappears for a period of time and when he returns he doesn't really explain what he was doing. I don't want to be a movie spoiler but if you are curious and don't mind possible spoilers, follow this link. (Hint: Bilbo's adventures in The Hobbit are also called The Quest for Erebor.)

So why am I also terrified? Because Tolkien has given us only snippets of information about what happened on Gandalf's adventures. We can piece together information from the appendices of the Lord of the Rings books and other works. However, this lack of detail gives Peter Jackson the freedom to create his own story, something hard core Tolkien fans are nervous about.

All that being said.....I can't wait!

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