The Hobbit With BONUS Middle Earth Flowcharts

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in Peter Jackson's liv...

Ian McKellen as Gandalf

Cate Blanchett portrays Galadriel in The Lord ...

Today I saw The Hobbit. I loved it. I’ve read a lot of complaints about it online and I’m more baffled after seeing it than I was before.

I don’t understand what the problem is. Too long? Too much detail? Really?

Do they really want a shorter movie with less detail? I’m willing to bet that if they got what they wanted, the same people would start bitching about how it’s too short and lacks detail.

There are too many people who aren’t satisfied unless they are complaining about something.

Ignore the whiners for whom nothing will ever be true enough to the book. They should not go to the movies and just reread the book. They don’t get the difference between literature and film as art forms. And don’t even bother to read professional critics. They never like anything really good anyhow. They are on a campaign to remove the fun from film and replace it with pretentious boring stuff that’s closer to torture than entertainment.

If you are a Tolkien fan, go see it. You won’t be disappointed. This recommendation comes from one of the people who invented Fall of Sauron Day and celebrated it faithfully for 20 years without thinking there was anything odd about it.

The Hobbit is a cool movie and you’ll enjoy  it. It’s faithful to the book, beautifully mounted, excellently performed, has some fine renditions of the old Tolkien songbook as well as a couple of new songs … and the magic of Peter Jackson to create a world we wish we could live in.

In the meanwhile, if the plot confuses you, this handy chart can help you understand the chain of events that led to the downfall of Sauron and the saving of (tada) the world.

Emil Johansson of the Lord of the Rings Project has created Gandalf Problem Solving, a humorous flowchart showing various options that Gandalf the wizard had for fixing problems during both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film series.

You may also remember Emil’s great Dwarves Cheat Sheet. No? Well …

Dwarves Flowchart

By Justin Page on December 14, 2012
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The Dwarves Cheat Sheet

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image via LotrProject

via I Love Charts

10 comments

  1. I read two of the Hobbit books back in the 70’s, I would need to reread before commenting. I recall how I was transported to a place I wanted to interact in.
    Off Topic – Have you read “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” series?
    Have you seen the movies?

  2. Just saw it today and LOVED IT!!! I first read the book when I was ten, and the others when they came out in the 50’s. The Hobbit stayed with me all these years and my ten year old self sat gleefully watching the entire time with a happy grin and a big sigh whenever our heroes escaped ye another trap. I kind of wish this one had been made first, so the characters wouldn’t seem as though they had already been drawn, however, it as all good and I can hardly wait for he next two.

  3. I’m one of those who found the movie too long. But I’m also one of THOSE PEOPLE who didn’t read the books. That said, I found the film handsomely mounted with many very memorable sequences.

      1. Haven’t seen it yet.., but am anxious to. I was a little worried about it being split into three parts.., but if you say so I will try and maintain an open mind.

        1. It is a bit long but it’s the story we know and love from the people who brought us Lord of the Rings. Tom loved and and we saw it with him … It takes longer to show something than describe it in a few words. We tend to forget there’s a lot of action in LOTR that happens in a single line or two of description. And the eagles are incredibly cool.

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