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Why, to my mind, An Unexpected Journey greatly adds to rather than detracts from LOTR's fim legacy.

AinurOlorin
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Jan 30 2013, 2:04am


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An Unexpected Journey gave the larger series something which it was lacking, but which would have been hard to find a proper place for in the Rings trilogy under most circumstances, regardless of the director: a cozy, more familliar sense of childlike wonder, without a ubiquitous grim undercurrent.

A shadow hung over Fellowship, even in the morning of The Shire. And that was appropriate. It is largely absent here. From the moment a Wizard's will transforms a smokering into a purposefull butterfly, to that same Wizard's commentary on Home being behind, there is a simple, joyously adventurous, wonder to the first quarter or so of The Hobbit, untainted by the promise of dire darkness in a way that no part of The Fellowship ever really manages to be. The Shadow never lifts from The Fellowship from the prologue onward, even as the Hobbits drink and are awed by fireworks.

I had struggled to find words to express my different feelings for this movie. How I managed to find it more fun and more jubilantly charming, while not finding it as elegantly enchanting as much of the material in Lord of The Rings. What I have come to realize is that The Hobbit offers a world of more ubiquitous simple enchantment, while Rings offers a world growing more mundane, but in which greater enchantments still abide in concentrated places (Rivendell, Lothlorien, and of a dark and more dreadful type in the Moria of The Balrog, or the ghastly lit Minas Ithil). Enchantment is everywhere in The Hobbit. . . its fields, and hills, its dwarves and their songs and the air of familiar yet otherly adventure and yore which they bring to Bilbo's quiet corner of The Shire, in the entertainment charms of one Wizard, and in the enchanted forest of another. Enchantment is NOT everywhere in LOTR. Indeed, there are whole strecthes of it that are mundane and dominated by the ways and feel of Man (both genders included) to the point of feeling almost drear ( some moments in Bree and Rohan, for example). . . but there are also moments of High Enchantment, almost religious in nature, to which The Hobbit does not attain ( Gandalf's return, Galadriel approaching her mirror, Arwen speaking with Elrond on the fate of Aragorn, and The Havens are examples), some of which are almost excruciating in their melancholy poignancy, and their elevated beauty (made more piercing in many cases by the clear implication that the beauty and enchantment is on the verge of passing away).

And, with that in mind, I think An Unexpected Journey gives the series as a whole something that it understandably lacked, and benefits from having acquired. There was Awe in Rings which The Hobbit has yet to really capture. But The Hobbit has far more simple, bon vivant wonder than Rings ever really offered. I think it is an ideal marraige. And I think those differences greatly behoove the overall accomplishment.

And for those who think I am just wide eyed and shining the film crews behinds with kisses, I still hate that Glorfindel was ignored, all the more because Lindir is not and Tauriel is added, ad I still hate the alterations to the Dwarves history, and I will complain if The Balrog matter isn't at least alluded to, for history and continuity's sake, and I don't like the changes to the history of Arnor, and Rings would have been better movies if the connection between The Three, The One, and the failing of The Elves had been given at least a paragraph of explanation, etc. etc. etc. Tongue. lol

"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"

"Do not be to eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the very wise cannot see all ends."

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Why, to my mind, An Unexpected Journey greatly adds to rather than detracts from LOTR's fim legacy. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 2:04am
    We are on the same highway again Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Jan 30 2013, 2:29am
        Absolutely. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 2:54am
            Always a chance Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Jan 30 2013, 3:32am
    what do you hate about the dwarf histroy? lurtz2010 Send a private message to lurtz2010 Jan 30 2013, 5:59am
        Thror getting killed before the main battle is essential to understanding the war and the dwarves. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 6:20am
    Thanks for you post LordMaximus Send a private message to LordMaximus Jan 30 2013, 6:24am
        Agreed. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 6:31am
            Pace and import Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Jan 30 2013, 12:39pm
            You do that for sure Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Jan 30 2013, 8:10pm
    to the op redgiraffe Send a private message to redgiraffe Jan 30 2013, 12:45pm
        *warm smile and blush* AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 7:05pm
    It was setup to fail, though stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Jan 30 2013, 1:17pm
        Are you insinuating Lindele Send a private message to Lindele Jan 30 2013, 3:53pm
            The prologue invoked LOTR stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Jan 30 2013, 8:16pm
        The tone of the prologue for AUJ is mixed, like the movie. And it does not go AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 7:22pm
            I found the tone Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Jan 31 2013, 6:02am
                Almost exactly. Point well made. Indeed, Galadriel tells us definitively that something HAS been lost AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 31 2013, 11:32pm
    The films Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 30 2013, 4:14pm
    Appreciate the thoughtful post Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 30 2013, 5:43pm
        Aww. Thank you, as well. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 30 2013, 7:52pm
    Great post! Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Jan 31 2013, 7:36am
        Thank you! And I absolutely agree with your comment about that fading and loss AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 31 2013, 11:57pm
            Thanks for a heartful posting Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 1 2013, 12:58am
                I am glad you did. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Feb 1 2013, 1:49am
    Thank you for this lovely post! elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Jan 31 2013, 4:31pm
        ;) AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Feb 1 2013, 1:49am
    Agreed Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 1 2013, 1:09am
        This is very true. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Feb 1 2013, 1:53am

 
 
 

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