December 15th, 2012
Middle Earth–The Hobbit

Yesterday we went to see The Hobbit. I loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so this seemed like an obvious choice. It’s been YEARS since I read The Hobbit. So many in fact that I can only remember a few things from it.

Unlike The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit is leisurely paced. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a movie that allows itself this much time to set the story up. Honestly, I didn’t mind. It was a pleasure to wander through Middle Earth again. It reminded me once more of what a writer can create. While I stared at Rivendell, I got the same internal sensation I had when I went to a Harry Potter release party at Barnes & Noble. It was a feeling of being part of something ‘bigger’, better, special. Something that wouldn’t be possible without an author’s imagination. It also drove home once more that I haven’t created a Rivendell of my own yet. And how I desperately need to for my own piece of mind.

The Hobbit tells the story of Bilbo’s great adventure and how he finds the ‘one ring that will rule them all’. For those who’ve seen the LOTR, it’s the story he finishes writing while Frodo heads off on his big adventure. The adventure revolves around the Dwarves’ need to return to their original homelands after a dragon attack. I’m not sure how they’ll stretch it into three movies, but it would definitely take more than one to tell the story properly. If you loved the LOTR, then The Hobbit is a must see.

4 comments to “Middle Earth–The Hobbit”

  1. I confess I hated reading The Hobbit. I enjoyed the ‘Ring’ movies, but hated the damn hobbits in it. 🙂 I read The Hobbit on board ship long ago, and thought if I never read of a place like Rivendell again it would be too soon. Creating a place like that would be akin to poking my eyes out with a sharp stick. The Hobbit was one of those books I’ve read, where if I had been the editor, it would have been about two hundred and fifty pages long. 🙂 I only write this scathing review of my attitude toward Hobbits and descriptions of places like Rivendell (probably looks great in the movie) to highlight the other side of the reading coin. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over never having created a Rivendell, my friend. There are reading legions out here it bored to tears.

    I’m reading your ‘A Wolf’s Tale’ right now, and enjoying it much more than I did The Hobbit. 🙂

  2. Bernard, LOL! That’s too funny. I remember really enjoying the book, but I was 12/13 when I read it. Might have made a difference. 😉

    LOL, poking your eyes out, eh? Too funny. I’m in awe of anyone who can create such a magical world. But I also realize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying AWT, but it’s no LOTR’s. *ggg

  3. Thankfully, The Moonlight Kin was not LOTR. I finished it yesterday. It was a very entertaining read. I enjoyed your preview for the second installment with Aidan. Unlike other readers, I… do… review… 🙂

    One other note on the LOTR. When I was 12/13, I was reading Edgar Rice Burroughs. He created worlds in intricate detail but in such a way as to never bore. As you say, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. Hobbits… barf! 🙂

  4. Bernard, Nope, it’s definitely not. *ggg I wrote that book over ten years ago. I did have a lot to add to make it readable, but it was a long time goal to get AWT out. Glad you found it entertaining. Aidan’s Mate will be a completely different tone mainly due to the subject matter, but I think it should be fun to write. Yes, reviewing helps tremendously. I have to put together my review of Lancelot. I actually think I liked it better than Monster, which is saying something. I loved the snarky humor.

    Well, that makes sense then. You started out reading sci-fi, which is very different than high fantasy. I have the Mars books and I’m slowly making my way through them. I was a big mystery reader, when I was younger. I also read a LOT of Poe, even though he scared the crap out of me as a kid. *g