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I avoided reading The Hobbit before the movie

elaen32
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Mar 8 2013, 11:34am


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but after seeing the movie, I was confused because I couldn't remember the stone giants even being mentioned, let alone the long episode involving them, I knew Azog was an alteration from the book, couldn't remember how and Rivendell did notseem quite right (although I was quite glad not to have Tra la lally). I did enjoy the film, but to get movie and book worlds straight in my mind, I re-read the Hobbit and the relevant bits of the LOTR appendices to refresh my memory. On previous reads, I had not liked the dwarves much and found it difficult to reconcile TH Bilbo and Gandalf with LOTR Bilbo & Gandalf. I loved the movie representations of these characters and it helped me to enjoy the book much more when I went back to it. Re Thorin, like many, I have been guilty of fangirl shenanigans here about RA, but quite apart from this, I do like the movie character better- I could never understand why Gandalf would want to rely so much on book Thorins character.
I will re-read again soon, because I have a new copy of the book. I have been unwell for the past few weeks and yesterday, my parents presented me with a present to cheer me up. It is a hard back special edition of The Hobbit, with colour plates taken from Tolkien's original illustrations. The cover is embossed with other Tolkien cover designs, including a red, shiny Smaug. It is a really beautiful book and I can't wait to look at it properly!

"Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold"

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Have you (re)read the book in connection with the movies coming out? Lio Send a private message to Lio Mar 8 2013, 1:35am
    Just bits and pieces, SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Mar 8 2013, 1:37am
    I did Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Mar 8 2013, 1:47am
        I can enjoy both Thorins Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 8 2013, 12:13pm
    I read them every year Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Mar 8 2013, 1:48am
    Slowly rereading... arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Mar 8 2013, 1:48am
        Same for me Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Mar 8 2013, 1:52am
    I read them every year imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 2:02am
        Reading them and the movies can be a good thing. Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Mar 8 2013, 2:27am
            lol not every fan of thorin is female! imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 2:39am
                That would be correct :-) Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Mar 8 2013, 3:01am
                    Lol to be fair i didn't say only women are fans imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 3:15am
                        Yep Heatherleawv Send a private message to Heatherleawv Mar 8 2013, 3:32am
                        This is true. lol Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Mar 8 2013, 3:47am
    I read it before the movie Ziggy Stardust Send a private message to Ziggy Stardust Mar 8 2013, 2:36am
    I read it the day of the premiere cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Mar 8 2013, 3:12am
    Re-read it right before release, and again after I saw it. Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Mar 8 2013, 4:11am
        I wonder for how many people that happens with? imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 1:13pm
            That's a good question Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 8 2013, 1:57pm
                Lord of the rings images today imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 2:30pm
                    Compartmentalizing Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 8 2013, 2:43pm
                        I mix them now Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Mar 8 2013, 2:45pm
                        Lol imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 2:53pm
                            ROFL......!!!! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 8 2013, 3:33pm
                        A mixture too... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Mar 8 2013, 3:48pm
                            For me, it is different Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Mar 8 2013, 6:55pm
                                When I see a movie Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Mar 8 2013, 11:36pm
                                    You and I think alike, Ham-Sammy Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Mar 9 2013, 12:09am
                        Maybe I'm just weird, but... Lio Send a private message to Lio Mar 9 2013, 1:07am
                            That's an interesting experience Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 9 2013, 2:35am
                                Part of it might be due to Tolkien's writing style as well Lio Send a private message to Lio Mar 9 2013, 11:03pm
                                    Tolkien is far more descriptive about places than people. Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Mar 9 2013, 11:35pm
                                    I had a feeling you might be good with language Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Mar 10 2013, 12:09am
                    This is pretty much the same for me too DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Mar 8 2013, 3:10pm
                        Yeah turning them on and off is a good way of describing it imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 3:16pm
            Interesting question... Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Mar 8 2013, 3:36pm
                Thanks for your answer imin Send a private message to imin Mar 8 2013, 4:16pm
                    Thanks! This is a great idea. Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Mar 8 2013, 5:22pm
    I reread The Hobbit immediately after seeing AUJ Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Mar 8 2013, 5:43am
    I read it again about two months before AUJ came out Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Mar 8 2013, 5:55am
    The omission of the talking purse makes it unbearable for me to read. / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Mar 8 2013, 8:25am
    I deliberately didn't reread the Hobbit Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Mar 8 2013, 8:37am
    I reread it (and then some) Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Mar 8 2013, 10:29am
    I re-read it in November. malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Mar 8 2013, 10:44am
    I read it... Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Mar 8 2013, 10:56am
        Personally I'm not sure about accepting PJ's approach to the story. malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Mar 8 2013, 11:26am
            ... Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Mar 8 2013, 12:51pm
                Fair enough malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Mar 8 2013, 12:59pm
    I avoided reading The Hobbit before the movie elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Mar 8 2013, 11:34am
    Yes, I did. Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Mar 8 2013, 4:20pm
    Not reading the book guitarzankansasfan Send a private message to guitarzankansasfan Mar 10 2013, 3:29am
    I might... ByThorinsBeard Send a private message to ByThorinsBeard Mar 13 2013, 6:20pm

 
 
 

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