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Views on THE HOBBIT Movie:

Recently a number of people have asked questions about The Hobbit Movies. One concern expressed is how faithful will the Movies be to the original book. My view expressed here is only conjecture and piecing together all information I have seen and read on the net.

The Hobbit was published in 1937, 75 years ago next year. The book was written as a children’s story and was received warmly by the reading public, so much so that a second printing of the book was published later that same year. It was well reviewed in the newspapers of the time and won a Children’s Book Award. The Publishers, Allen and Unwin asked Tolkien for more stories about Hobbits.

The audience back then was far different to audiences of today with different expectations of what a story of this genre should include. May I point out the movies will be aimed at an older audience than the original book also.

Using all the information from the text and appendices of the Lord of the Rings, the producers will be able to add a lot of extra information to the movie and expand on that information. e.g. The Elves of Mirkwood, The White Council and the Necromancer. Also there is a lot of information about the Dwarves and The Goblin Wars which will possibly find its way into the movies as well. We will be introduced to new characters not in the book, but who may have existed in Middle-earth at the time of Bilbo’s Journey.

The personalities of the thirteen dwarves can also be expanded on, using hints and references in the book.

I believe the Movie will be faithful to the core of Bilbo’s journey and adventure, but it will be added to and expanded with wonderful scenes and familiar and new characters with names and personalities of their own.

I believe this will be a spectacular cinematic experience, but be prepared for a story much expanded beyond the original text.

Bilbo

Bilbo

The World of Tolkien – The Phenomenon

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Who would have thought that these words written in the early 1930’s by an Oxford professor, on a blank page when he was marking School Certificate papers, would be the beginnings of a publication phenomenon and lead to one of the largest movie franchises of all time.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford and later Professor of English Language and Literature there from 1945 to 1959, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955).

 Early Life:  

Tolkien was born in South Africa on 3 January 1892, to English parents Arthur and Mabel and had a younger brother, Hilary. The boys returned to England with their mother to be followed later by their father. However, their father died of rheumatic fever before his return and their mother passed away when Tolkien was just 12 years old. The boys at their mother’s wishes became the wards of Father Francis Morgan.

By this time Ronald was already showing remarkable linguistic gifts. He had mastered the Latin and Greek, and was becoming more than competent in a number of other languages, both modern and ancient, notably Gothic, and later Finnish. He was already busy making up his own languages, purely for fun.

J.R.R.Tolkien

J.R.R.Tolkien

 

Proudfoot’s latest poem:

An Elven Lady So Fair.

Across the wide encircling seas

There lies a distant land,

Where mountains touch the sky

And clouds caress them high.

Forests cover the lower slopes

Full of nature’s gifts,

And crystal waters flow

In valleys far below.

And in the green vales

Between the mountains,

They say the fairest people live.

She came at first in a dream

From that distant land,

With hair of golden sheen

And eyes of softest green.

From the west the swan ships came

Landing on our shores;

On a bright starry night,

A fleet all glistening white.

And then she arrived

On a great white ship,

To bring with her the rarest gifts.

Her smile brings sunshine to the world,

Her laughter brings such joy;

She makes all people glow

Where ever she does go.

Her heart is kind and full of warmth,

She shows the gentlest care,

The time that she was here;

A memory oh so dear.

And soon she’ll leave

And go into the west,

To return and live

With the elves so fair.

                                                        Fortinbras Proudfoot.

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