I’ve been a devoted reader of Tolkien (and all fantasy) since the early 70’s and have a lot of his early stuff (I think) and read LOTR maybe 20 times. The catch with the Hobbit really sucks for one reason. Christopher Tolkien the son who now carries the rights to all his writings. When the project started, and the reason it took so long were copyright issues with the Book Company and Christopher. Jackson had to write the script without using any of the other works, primarily The Silmarillion, the book that combined the entire back story that filled in all the blanks and much of the back story of The Hobbit. This REALLY sucked because so much could have been added. He was able to use the brown wizard because it was mentioned in the Hobbit, but there are 3 other wizards, if you noticed in the movie when asked about other wizards Gandalph replies “that there were other wizards but couldn’t remember their names”…Please! The battle with the rock giants for example is an extended battle only because of their brief mention in the books.
So the 3 movies have tons of added material, and that’s a real shame all because of one mother fucker… Sorry about the language but if you haven’t read The Silmarillion and are a fan of the books you’re missing out on a great read. It’s not a book in the story sense, more of a fill in all the times in Middle Earth’s ages. Remember LOTR is the third age.
So strapped with all these restrictions I think the series will be better judged in its entirety in another two years. I have faith that it will be a whole and wonderful story, but it will include a ton of writer embellishment. He had no choice and every script was scrutinized by lawyers to make sure anything out of the Hobbit or LOTR’s in not mentioned or used.
So if you think it’s not following the books as well as it could, that’s why…
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