I’ve been working harder on my review of the Rankin/Bass Hobbit cartoon than I have on any other article on the site so far. I’d just like to announce that the review will be ready within the next few days. The wait is almost over!
Happy October to everyone who isn’t reviewing a bloody awful ’70s cartoon! If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you might have heard that I didn’t get much sleep last night. This is because the review I’m working on has been the most intense and time-consuming review I’ve written. To make things worse, a street-lamp turned on outside my window just as I was ready to go to sleep. I’ve been working almost non-stop on getting the review done as soon as possible so you can read my thoughts on that cartoon. Luckily, I’ve gotten some better blinds for my window, and I expect I’ll have the article ready sometime in the next week.
In the meantime, please enjoy the highlights of my live-tweeting event…
Continue reading Progress on The Hobbit 1977 Review
Happy Hobbit Day! In case you weren’t aware, the twenty-second of September is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and among Tolkien fans it is a time to celebrate Tolkien’s greatness. Although Tolkien’s works are well-known, few are aware of just how great an impact they have had not just on literature but also on western civilization in general.
Continue reading On the Heroism of Hobbits
I’d like to shed some light on a misconception concerning the genres of Epic Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery. For those who don’t know, the genre of Sword and Sorcery was created primarily by Robert E. Howard and thrived for many years in pulp magazines. Epic Fantasy, on the other hand, was created by Tolkien with works such as The Hobbit after World War I and The Lord of the Rings after World War II.
Continue reading Epic Fantasy vs. “Sword and Sorcery”
My birthday, being on the fifth of January, falls upon this day. By coincidence, Tolkien’s birthday is on the third of the same month, and therefore several days ago I celebrated the birthday of my favourite author by watching the “special extended edition” of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for the first time, which I had been saving for just that occasion. In all honesty, the “extended edition” is a bit of a misnomer, for it really isn’t that it is extended, but that the theatrical is somewhat abridged for the theatres. Unfortunately, few theatres would be willing to show a film as long as these are in their entirety, and so it becomes necessary to cut down the finished film for this purpose. The full movie is, in fact, the extended edition, which should more appropriately be dubbed the “unabridged edition.” Continue reading The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition
What I suspect is a very vocal minority has, on the internet, made very clear their dislike of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Now, I could explain in great detail why most (if not all) of the changes and additions to the story are either innocuous and trivial and/or necessary due to the differences between art forms, but the fact is that people just like to complain.
Continue reading Response to Criticism of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit
We all know that the Rankin/Bass cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit, while not quite as bad as their attempt at The Return of the King, was still a childish mess that fails utterly to communicate the dark and timeless themes of Tolkien’s original work, but it wasn’t the first such attempt. And, believe me, it was certainly not the worst.
All but unknown until just recently, the 1966 adaptation of The Hobbit resurfaced to the horror of Tolkienists everywhere. From what I can gather, it is the gruesome result of a horrifyingly successful attempt to blackmail Tolkien by threatening to unleash this and other planned abominations upon the world—successful because he payed up. It was made on a fiendishly small budget and took less than a month to finish, and this is farcically obvious in the finished product, which is under twelve minutes in length. Continue reading Review of 1966 The Hobbit Adaptation
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Painting The Lord of the Rings Miniatures.
122 years ago to the day, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Without him, I would not be here painting miniatures based on Peter Jackson’s adaptations of Tolkien’s books.