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The Direction of This Trilogy.


Jun 12 2013, 8:27pm

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I preface that it has been a long while since I've read the Hobbit
in its entirety. The posts here stimulate my understanding of the
Tolkien literature and make me wonder the disappointment many
might experience in seeing a Hobbit on screen which may not
identify as much with the literature they have come to enjoy. This
made me ponder the fate of this trilogy. Specifically, is the Hobbit
and any of its peculiar spirit already conceded in the film version?

A recent reading of the book would heighten my understanding, but
from my limited knowledge, perhaps the journey aspect of the book
does not yield quite the spirit of the story in its film translation. That is,
perhaps film will be able to capture the Hobbit, not in the journey to the
mountain itself, but once the party arrives at the mountain does the
element of the Hobbit start to manifest in a film's version. That is not
to say that there journey in the book does not contribute to the overall
spirit of the story; rather, there is only so much a visual portrayal of the
initial journey can convey to an audience. The impression I'm given is that
the journey aspect of the book is rather sequential. Events happen and
the company must triumph toward its next stage to their ultimate destination.

We'll have to see, but I think that prominence of the Elves in DoS and then
Bard and the men could make sense in that it is their unique and undeniable
claim to this story. This is Bilbo's story, with the Dwarves, and I think
we will see ultimately see this in the films. But I don't think it quite
happens until they arrive at the Mountain. At the mountain does Bilbo
have to muster what he can to deal with a situation with the Dragon
and the Dwarves. There will be character interaction between them and the
elicitation of the characters will have begun, especially. That is not to say
that the previous events do not inform the character contexts. What the films
are able to give us thus far is that Bilbo is a bit of a reluctant creature but finds
himself in relative rare company with an incredible proposition. But while the journey
happens, it is the company encountering various characters and cultures with those said
characters taking the stage. Why? Because Bilbo and the Dwarves will have the last say in
TaBa, where the peculiar story element of Tolkien's the Hobbit might shine through in a film
adaptation. This is my hope at least.

The changes and the presentation of the journey aspect of the story, while important, needs to
get us to the mountain and a particular place within the story and characters so that the events
which follow will be demonstratable to the spirit of the book. It's all about the journey, but somehow,
I think the understanding of the journey or the 'meaning' and 'spirit' of the book is ultimately shown
in this trilogy's third installment. I could just be well-wishing, but I think this produciton
has the book's 'interests,' at heart, at least i would hope so Sly. I think the production will
pull it off, i hope. Thoughts?

Subject User Time
The Direction of This Trilogy. Dwarvenfury Send a private message to Dwarvenfury Jun 12 2013, 8:27pm
    Well, I do think that Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Jun 12 2013, 8:52pm
        Indeed. Dwarvenfury Send a private message to Dwarvenfury Jun 12 2013, 9:04pm
    taba jimmyfenn Send a private message to jimmyfenn Jun 12 2013, 9:07pm
        That's why Smaug *spoilers* Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Jun 12 2013, 10:09pm
            dos end jimmyfenn Send a private message to jimmyfenn Jun 12 2013, 10:20pm
                Gotta be LordGawain Send a private message to LordGawain Jun 12 2013, 11:07pm
                DOS ending Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Jun 13 2013, 3:01pm
        Nothing major? dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jun 12 2013, 10:13pm


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