Revisiting Middle Earth before The Hobbit hits the big screen
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I'm really enjoying the audio version, again. I've remarked elsewhere that I think Tolkien had a bit of a bacon obsession. :o)
I just finished a re-read of this and I really noticed this time how easily the dwarfs get into trouble and how often little Bilbo helps them out of the scrapes. I always thought of dwarfs as tough and gruff and battle-hardened, but they could barely turn around without getting captured by something.
#6 - You're right! He's sneaky and wise.
#4 - Thanks, foggi. :o)
The other day on Facebook I found a link for an interview of Peter Jackson by an NZ radio station. In the interview he said that some of the material he put in the 'flashbacks' came from the indicies in The Return of the King. He also said that the Tolkien family would not have allowed him to use any stories from any books other than The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit. So, I guess The Silmarillion will never be a movie! 8^)
I just heard that Hobbit (the movie) is actually a 2-parter. So it will be something like:
Hobbit - an unexpected journey (Part 1)
Hobbit - there and back again (Part 2)
#17 - Have always wanted this but keep forgetting about it, for some weird reason.
I can't imagine how they're going to split a lovely single tale into three full-length movie. (I know why they want to do it. I get the business theory. I just don't think it works from any kind of narrative perspective.)
Flame of Udun is the Balrog
I entered a contest on Facebook to win a life-size statue of Gandalf, because, well, who wouldn't? ;) Now watch, me, who never wins anything will win something like that and probably in the fine print it will tell me that I have to go pick it up and pay taxes on it. :P
#38 - Yes, my thoughts exactly.
#37 - We're special that way! :oD
We know from the LotR movies that for better or worse (opinions vary!) Peter Jackson, Phillipa ? and the rest are perfectly capable of padding, rearranging and slightly twisting our beloved tales to come up with awesome movies. I'm not terribly worried. I believe his love for the work keeps him from ruining the movies, whether I agree with all his choices or not.
You know that Christmas song, "I just Can't Wait?" I find myself humming it frequently these days, only, it isn't Christmas I'm humming it about.
Of course, I read LoTR first. Which I think has much to do with it.
Then I reread Hobbit, was it last year, or the year before that? First the original Swedish translation, which was as wooden and boring as before, and then I scanned the English original in fast forward, mainly to check how close the translation was to the original.
Extremely close, I would say. So it all just got a big "thumbs down" from me.
Then I started a reread yesterday, inspired by Jillmwo's posts/essays, and this time I decided to read the English original from the start.
I still don't think it a great work of art but this time I do appreciate the wordplay and the way JRRT uses his language, which is both witty and fun. The wordplay is entirely lost in the translation to Swedish, nothing carries through. I'll be honest; it totally ruins the book. I also have a hunch that some bits are edited out.
If I was a true JRRT geek I'd probably do a true comparative read, to check for discrepancies, and the idea sort of appeal to me but in the "projects for my old age" kind of way ;-)
Meanwhile I have just scared myself silly reading the chapter of them traveling through Mirkwood. I'd never have made it into Mordor. I'd still be quaking in the midst of the dark forest.
Just now I am in the eagles' eyre, so not in Mirkwood just yet.
Until now the story is much as I remembered but this time I also appreciate the way it is told and structured, as an oral tale.
Also a big Mirkwood fan - I want to see those Black Emperor butterflies.
My personal bet? She's going to be interested in Legolas, and there will be some sort of impact on that relationship.
In other speculations, I'm thinking Legolas is going to be either involved in the escape of the dwarves, or be impressed by it, leading to his later very close (and frankly odd to most elves) friendship with Gimli.
I'm also thinking since this is more of a straightforward adventure story (no kings to marry off here) that most of the female action will come from Galadriel and Gandalf being old-married-couple-ish together.
I've also heard rumors of female dwarves showing up, and we know from the merchandising that at least one of the main goblins/orcs is female as well.
So there are some women around. I just hope there are no super-shoehorned romance plots.
We may get to see a tween Aragorn (and possibly his mother) running around Rivendell tho - that would be vastly amusing to me at least.
I got totally sick of the Stan "you know, Spiderman, wow, amazeballs" Lee making a walk past in the back of nearly all comic-book derived films. It's like in-joke smirking from 15 year olds- a lot less cool than they think it is.
However, the people involved in the writing/characters making a cute little appearance as a hat-tip, that I enjoy. Like Stephen King often has some very minor 5-second cameo role in the majority of his movies. It's fun to be on the lookout for it. But that's an entirely different thing than the execs wanting a big actor cameo as a draw.
Not rolling-in-the-aisles funny but lightly humorous.
60: That was cute.
I'm in love (w/ almost all of them with the exception of the Rankin-Bass piece.)
And who's the giant in the next picture?
But I'm just as perplexed as you about the Ensikat image. Perhaps that is Bilbo offering the Arkenstone to Bard?
There is a posting party here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/147909#3894039 tonight
Just a "few" more posts and we'll hit some sort of huge milestone