The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I couldn’t cough up a proper review for it because it was an incredibly long and multi-faceted movie I’m too lazy to critique, so here are several points instead –here there be spoilers!:
- I MISSED LIKE 20 MINUTES OF THE BEGINNING, so I can’t say anything about that until I watch the film again. Soon.
- In the book, Gandalf disappeared for a length of time while the dwarves and Bilbo were facing all sorts of trouble. In explanation he mentioned helping drive away The Necromancer from his nest. Similarly, Radagast the Brown was mentioned in passing on some matter. In the film , the wizard Radagast was the one who, through Gandalf, alerted those concerned about the existence of The Necromancer. A council discussing the matter was staged in the episodes in Rivendell; and to our surprise (I didn’t bother with searching anything before hand) the Lady Galadriel was there to meet, alongside Saruman the White and Lord Elrond.
- That elf in LotR film 1 and 2 also appeared in Rivendell, this time with a name (I don’t recall).
- There was a huge arc introduced which was never mentioned in the book; the revenge of the Pale Orc on Thorin and Thorin’s house. In this manner several elements were blended. The role of the Wolves which were initially partners of the Goblins in their mischief were appropriated to the mounts of the orcs.
- The meeting of great Eagles wasn’t featured.
- I cannot wait to see Mirkwood and Laketown and everything, really. Still, we must wait until December 2013.
- I’d rate the movie perfect, I think, if it wasn’t so long that I simply forgot its flaws. Some things must have been lacking.
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
In lieu of the film, I reread this classic (with the intent of rereading the more famous trilogy soon), and found wonders in it that I had forgotten over time. Beorn, to be exact, was magnificent. And King Thranduil had been romanticized in my mind for so long that rereading this was a nice shock.
Here are my favorite quotes, for safekeeping.
Far over the misty mountains old
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold
This is a fragment of the song sung by Thorin and his company in Bilbo’s house, before they set out in their journey. For a moment, Bilbo’s heart woke with a feeling of adventure and Tookishness, and he saw the love of gold and lovely things.
The film played a similar chant, and by god it was beautiful.
“I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my path led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.
I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me.
I am the friend of bears and the guests of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider,” went on Bilbo beginning to be pleased with his riddling.
I found this part very clever. (Not the cleverest part of the book, but still very much so.) It hinted at everything Bilbo Baggins has done so far in such a rhythmic way. And to imagine this scene: Bilbo conversing with “Smaug the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities”.
“There is a long road yet,” said Gandalf.
“But it is the last road,” said Bilbo.
And here’s the loveliest thing: inside Bilbo are two sides, the Baggins and the Took, and each side takes hold of a different love. Home and adventure, but home most of all.