Friday, November 14, 2014

A Hobbit Journey at it's End

  There and back again. Well, the end is certainly drawing nearer. I'm so excited to see the last installment of the Hobbit Trilogy, but man, it's excruciating--in a blink of an eye it'll be over. I feel like it was yesterday that I was putting brand new An Unexpected Journey set shots up as my desktop background. It's been three years already! Time certainly flies, and while I'm so glad I was there for the ride, I'm sad that it'll be completely over. I just can't believe it. I'm intrigued to know what Peter Jackson is planning next (more kiwi movies, according to this one interview) but regardless, I wonder what he'll say when his work on The Hobbit is officially over. I bet we're going to see a lot of tear-stained video clips of cast and crew. I bet working on this trilogy was one heck of a ride for everyone involved. And that's what I love to see when I watch the behind the scenes on Lotr, or The Hobbit--everyone literally looks like they LOVE their job. Even in the rough parts.

  The movies have gotten a lot of smack about how they don't adhere to parts of the story, etc. Personally, I still enjoy them. I don't watch an adaption with the expectation that they'll do the exact same. I want to see how they'll do it differently, while keeping some things the same--and staying true to the story's essence. Lotr was incredible. Granted, I come from the point of view of one who was introduced to Middle Earth through the movies--but even after reading the books and falling in love with them, I was astounded at how the stories had the same lifeblood, the same breath. With all the movies' differences, there was something there that still provided a true, honest reflection. Hobbit has done that, although perhaps not as well, but I may feel that way simply because I like the Lotr books infinitely more than The Hobbit. I feel the characters, their comedy, their sense of home-love and lost kingdoms, is the same. And I love that they showed you who Thorin really is, instead of just a snooty, grumpy royal. I sensed that there was so much more to Thorin, when reading the book (which I read before the movies were being made). It was my greatest frustration that Tolkien didn't expound on him more. Delve into him. Someone who has the audacity and guts to take back their homeland with a rowdy bunch of dwarves takes someone with something real. I wanted to know him more, but I didn't get that from the book. I feel I get that in the movies. And Bilbo is done to perfection. I fell in love quickly. So proud, and so thankful that Bilbo was done so superbly. Bilbo walked in front of my eyes, and expressed his mannerisms, the thoughts behind his eyes--and I knew him.
   And heaven knows that Smaug--well, is a masterpiece. The only things I don't like about the movies so far is that the strange love aspect between Tauriel and Kili. While sweet in thought, it doesn't feel crucial to the story, or like a real part of it. I like Tauriel's character--I love that her strength is exemplified by her kindness, and not just her prowess. We don't always get characters like that. But I doubt I would have missed this aspect of the story, if it had never been part of it. But still, as it is an aspect of the story, I'm curious as to where her story will lead.

  I am so ready to sit down in the theater to see a Hobbit film for the last time. But I know that I will be so sad when I leave. I've finally found out what it must have been like to be a fan, and watch the movies being made, coming out. I just pray that someone someday will get the rights to do The Silmarillion--and do it well.

  Elora Carmen Shore

The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say



    Seriously. I cannot wait to see the final installment. But part of me is also sad.

    1. We can cry our gushing nerdy tears on each other's virtual shoulders. :(

    2. Yup. That is, if we have any tears LEFT after bawling in the theater when certain people die. :P

    3. Ain't that the truth. But did you see what Richard Armitage had posted apparently on Twitter? TORN shared a little tweet he did "whatreallyhappentoThorin" or something like that. The turd! ;D Big mean dwarf I'm on the edge of my seat. But what kills me is that I just heard today that there are no longer plans to see it in the theater--I am PRAYING I'll find a way!!!

  2. Aw, you're making me sad too... It's gonna be so amazing!

    I'm one of those people who is tempted to talk smack about these sometimes. I never am with LotR, but with them, I saw the movies first, and with the Hobbit, I read the book first. But I know it's so much more fun to just enjoy it, so I resist the temptation. I do love them, changes and all, because I love (like you mentioned) the expounding on characters. It makes me so happy that I don't have trouble remembering all the Dwarves anymore, because they're all so separately defined! And Thorin has a real, deep, but still accurate-to-the-book character. And Bard. Oh, and Thranduil... And I just adore Bilbo! :D

    I agree about Tauriel and Kili, but at the same time, I doubt it'll come to anything really bothersome.

    Great post!

    1. From what I glimpsed in the trailer, it really might be more a friendship thing, like...I think it was Howard Shore who said it...well, at any rate, someone said that it wasn't intentional or something that they have a "romantic" thing (could have fooled me) but I'm really hoping that I'll like what they do with the next. And I was similar, in the beginning--I read The Hobbit first, so was very critical when I first saw it, and hum-hah-ed over it a bit. But once I realized I was expecting, on one hand, another Lotr--and on the other hand expecting I didn't know what--I just let it go and let myself enjoy the movies, and now I love them. They're not beyond my expectations, they're not Lotr epic (but then I don't expect that now, because I don't even think the book is better than the Lotr books--Lotr rules) but aspects of them DID exceed my expectations. Bilbo. Other characters' development. SMAUG. I mean, come on. I was astounded by Smaug. I could tell the detail they went into, to bring him to life--and he IS MAGNIFICENT. But of course he is, he's Smaug the Great and Terrible. ;) I'm so itching for the next movie!