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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Movie Discussion: The Hobbit:
a confession...

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May 15 2008, 9:57pm

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a confession... Can't Post

ok, i admit it, i have not read the hobbitBlush and i shall take the abuse as it comesPirate!!

but since i have gone this long i was just wondering whether people thought i should do before the film is released or wait till afterwards? i saw fotr and tt before reading the books, but read rotk before seeing the movie version. i felt that since tolkiens original works are so much more detailed and indepth, reading them before seeing the film version marred my enjoyment of the film slightly as i was constantly wondering what parts would come where, or if they were included at all. however, watching the film first could mean that i do not imagine the events for myself as i will be influenced by the images of the film! argh what to do!

i hav been going round in cirlces for a wile now,,,so ne thought?!


May 15 2008, 10:14pm

Post #2 of 14 (351 views)
I LOVE your nick... [In reply to] Can't Post

and I would say what many others will disagree with--watch the movie first. That way, you'll be able to enjoy both. If you read the book first, the movie will fall short. The book will never fall short.

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May 15 2008, 10:30pm

Post #3 of 14 (355 views)
Because we're so far away from the movie being released, [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd suggest reading the book now. That way you can join in the anticipation to a greater degree, but by the time the movie rolls around the details of exactly what happens when will have blurred and you won't be checking the watersheds off in your mind as you watch the film.

So you can have the best of both worlds. :)

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May 15 2008, 11:20pm

Post #4 of 14 (331 views)
I say enjoy them both for what they are... [In reply to] Can't Post

Whichever you do first... enjoy them for what they are.

Both are mediums of communication that inspire thought and imagination and can be enjoyed through different mental lenses.

I love the LOTR films and books. They are both monumental achievements in their own ways.


May 16 2008, 4:54am

Post #5 of 14 (315 views)
I would read the book first [In reply to] Can't Post

Like Ataahua says, it's a long time until the first movie is in the theatre, however knowledge of the Hobbit story makes discussions on here in the build up more exciting.Smile


May 16 2008, 7:58pm

Post #6 of 14 (292 views)
What a dilema, I know XD But book first... [In reply to] Can't Post

I know it´s a dilema, I have been in the same situation with other movies.
For example I am thinking right now if I should read Twilight first or after the movie XD
I will read the book first anywayz, I always read books first if I can.

According to my experience, its a real dilemaUnsure

1) Reading the book makes you get into the story and its characters so much more, definitely.
2) Reading the book you will understand everything. Not always you can understand a movie if you havent read the book before XD
3)Totally, you´re into the story and thats the way you feel the movie.
4)You read the book probably knowing anything about the story so you enjoy the mistery and surprises

1) Reading the book can ruin your expectations with the movie, becoz usually movies aren´t as good as the books...
2)Changes are annoying
3)Cuts are annoying

Good things and bad things from each side XDUnsure
But I always read the book first, I prefer to read the book first.

I am definitely and totally happy I have read "The Hobbit" before knowing whats going on. That very first reading was amazing Smile But I know I will be upset with the movies anywayz XD

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(This post was edited by Masquerade_Górtari on May 16 2008, 8:00pm)


May 17 2008, 6:27am

Post #7 of 14 (287 views)
Read the book! [In reply to] Can't Post

I mean ... you have a few years to wait sooo .... Wink

For me, wondering what was going to be in/left out of LOTR was nowhere near as fabulous as enjoying how WELL what was in was done!!

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May 17 2008, 7:45am

Post #8 of 14 (484 views)
Speaking of reading... [In reply to] Can't Post

I just followed your second link and was rewarded with the best laugh I have had in ages! Laugh


May 17 2008, 9:31pm

Post #9 of 14 (222 views)
I hope you enjoyed [In reply to] Can't Post

,,, all the other silly mistranslations there!

If not:


Have fun! :D

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May 17 2008, 9:44pm

Post #10 of 14 (224 views)
"The Scholarship of the Ring" [In reply to] Can't Post

Luckily, they had the elbow of Legolas. Laugh


May 17 2008, 9:48pm

Post #11 of 14 (224 views)
Even better! [In reply to] Can't Post

"Is not it a bare ranger!"

Sooo ... he has clothes, I guess? :D

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May 17 2008, 9:54pm

Post #12 of 14 (219 views)
My breakfast will consist of [In reply to] Can't Post

Raspberry backup and some essiggurke.


May 18 2008, 1:05pm

Post #13 of 14 (220 views)
It's a personal call, isn't it? [In reply to] Can't Post

For someone who knew the LotR books quite well before the films were released, I found I was thrilled with the anticipation of what was to come and was elated with the things they got spot-on and delighted with the additions (Stairs of Khazad-dum, for example). Just so long as you don't later read the book and see it as being the alternative to the story you've seen on film. I've heard that a lot re: LotR. "It's not like the movie." The films are the alternate, not the other way around ;) You'd probably enjoy the discussions here a lot more with knowledge of the book as well. It's a booger avoiding spoilers here, I'll warn ya on that one straight away!

I love having both versions of the worlds available to me, but the text will always remain my first love. Personally, I'd want the text implanted in my heart before the film.

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(This post was edited by grammaboodawg on May 18 2008, 1:09pm)


May 19 2008, 8:10am

Post #14 of 14 (263 views)
As someone who has only just read the Hobbit for the first time [In reply to] Can't Post

I would definitely recommend reading it before you see the film.
It is much more fun to read and take part in discussion threads here about the upcoming movies if you at least have a bit of an idea of the characters and plot in The Hobbit.

As for the possibility of one potentially spoiling the other, I saw the author of Whale Rider, Witi Ihimaera on TV talking about adapting books into movie scripts. I liked the way he saw it, which is they are complementary to one another, each intertwined and part of the whole, but different by necessity. He wrote the script for the movie himself and commented that he used to be rather disparaging about writing for the screen, thinking it easy. He has changed his mind now!


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