Unlike most people who call themselves Geeks, I have never read the Hobbit. I only read Lord of the Rings right before the movies came out. And then only because the chick I was dating loved them (we’re married now so it worked out).  While the story was good, I’m really not a fan of Tolkien’s writing style. The Hobbit is supposedly a much easier read but I never bothered to give it a try.

With the new movie coming out today, I’m considering it. Though, I understand it’s a very short book. And somehow its getting turned into three movies. So there might be less correlation between movie and book than there was in LOTR.

Now, I know that’s because Peter Jackson is including material from Tolkien’s other work like the Silmarilion, which I hear is an even dense read then LOTR. I have no doubt it will be a well crafted and visually stunning movie.  But will it take what’s supposed to be a quick, fun adventure and make it as much of a slog as the LOTR movies?

They were also very good but you really need to devote some time to them. They’re so long. And feel long. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The last time  we watched them, we were reorganizing our file cabinet at the time, which we hadn’t done in years, and we finished that before the first movie ended.

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One Response to Hobbitses

  1. Tamarynn says:

    I don’t remember much about the Hobbit, other than a bit of the storyline. I remember not liking the writing when I read it in high school. Supposedly, it is more of a “kid’s book” than the Lord of the Rings series. I read Lord of the Rings after the movies, and I mostly enjoyed them. They were good, but wordy, and somethings were just unnecessary and didn’t add to the story at all. Overall, I think Peter Jackson did a great job condensing the books into 3 movies.

    The decision to split the Hobbit into two movies was interesting. However, making a trilogy with added material might be too much. As I said, I can’t recall specifics of the book, but I’m guessing there will be a lot of filler from these other sources (Silmarilion) to expand the story into three movies.

    Either way, I’m looking forward to them. Writing style aside, the stories are great.