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In an ideal world should Peter Jackson have made the Hobbit before the LOTR trilogy?

The Shire

Dec 12 2012, 6:27pm

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In an ideal world should Peter Jackson have made the Hobbit before the LOTR trilogy? Can't Post

This is my first post on here...so be gentle with me!!

I have been a huge fan of both the Hobbit and Lord Of the Rings books for many years and I also hugely enjoyed Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy of films with New Zealand proving a stunning stand in for Middle Earth.

I am really looking forward to seeing the new hobbit trilogy and will be seeing the 2D version of An Unexpected Journey this Saturday and the 3D HFR version the on Sunday!! V.excited!! Smile

As a massive fan of the books and the films I don't mind the fact that the Hobbit is being much extended by interweaving other Middle Earth tales. The more Middle Earth the better if you ask me!!

I do wonder though if it would have been better for PJ to have started with the Hobbit and then moved on to the Lord of the Rings. I believe I read somewhere online (LOTR Wiki perhaps?) that this was indeed the original plan sometime around 1995, but that publishing rights complications mean't that in the end it was the LOTR which got made first?

Obviously neither PJ or the studio knew in advance that the LOTR trilogy was going to be such a phenomenal success! The LOTR (which was originally going to be two films) was made as a trilogy, but even so, much of the detail in the book had to be removed (Barrow Downs, Tom Bombadil, Scouring of the Shire, etc) to make the project do-able as a trilogy.

This is touched upon in part of the Empire magazine review for the new hobbit film:-

"To begin with the first form of embellishment is to immediately address the concern that Jackson and co.’s Hobbit may be a painful inflation of a slim, bedtime storybook, as opposed to The Lord Of The Rings’ leaner interpretation of a vast fantasy-historical epic"

I think that if it had been possible to film the Hobbit first and if it had been a huge success, then this would have given Jackson leverage to make a huge version of the LOTR...possibly four or even five films?

I think with five films he really could have made a of series of movies that were every bit as rich and detailed as the LOTR book.

As it is, we have ended up with something the other way around...with what looks like it is going to be a super detailed and drawn out 'The Hobbit' short book, with a fairly truncated film version of the LOTR epic book. That's not to say I don't love the films (especially the extended versions) BECAUSE I DO!!

But is it a case of what might have been?

Subject User Time
In an ideal world should Peter Jackson have made the Hobbit before the LOTR trilogy? Hobbithole Send a private message to Hobbithole Dec 12 2012, 6:27pm
    If the 3 film LOTR hadn't been such a smashing success Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Dec 12 2012, 6:35pm
    Welcome to TORn :-) DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Dec 12 2012, 6:45pm
    Welcome, and great question! NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Dec 12 2012, 6:52pm
    I doubt Radagast would have been in The Hobbit if PJ had made it first... Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Dec 12 2012, 10:08pm
    Howdy and Welcome, Hobbithole :) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Dec 12 2012, 10:38pm
    In a totally ideal world, maybe... Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Dec 13 2012, 12:32am
    Hobbit before LOTR sam90 Send a private message to sam90 Dec 13 2012, 12:33am
    Good opening gambit Hobbithole. silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Dec 13 2012, 4:08am
    Ideally? Yes, probably. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Dec 13 2012, 3:35pm
        If for nothing else Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Dec 13 2012, 3:52pm
    thoughts about the films Banrigh Send a private message to Banrigh Dec 13 2012, 10:11pm


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