The weekend of the Hobbit release has come and gone. Let me just come out of the gate by saying – I loved this film. Once again, Peter Jackson adds his magic touch to a Tolkien classic. Was there creative licence? Of course. But the real treat for the die-hard Tolkien fans was the insertion of factoids from Tolkien’s Silmarillion. Like Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson cannot stay away from this book, and why should he? Silmarillion is the “everything you need to know about Middle-earth” compendium. I’m currently rereading this book, and I always discover something new about Tolkien’s world. That aside, An Unexpected Journey was a nice homecoming for some of the characters we adored in the Lord of the Rings saga. Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, & Gollum return as well as cameo appearances from other personalities. We are also introduced to Thorin’s company of Dwarves and given an extensive background of Ereborn, with incredible imagery included. All in all, Peter Jackson embraced the spirit of the book, and there is no reason to doubt he won’t dazzle us further. Seeing Tolkien’s world on the big screen again reminds me of the root of inspiration that put Shadows of Kings onto paper. Tolkien is the master, and there is no one capable of putting his genius on film other than Peter Jackson.
- Review: ‘The Hobbit’ a ponderous journey (mercurynews.com)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – review| Peter Bradshaw (guardian.co.uk)
- Peter Jackson on why Martin Freeman was essential for The Hobbit (thesun.co.uk)
- ‘The Hobbit’: 6 Biggest Changes From J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel (hollywood.com)