Bruce N H wrote:Hey,
I'm concerned about that second movie. In many ways what makes the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings so compelling are the humble characters. In the books, almost every scene is told through the eyes of the lowest character - usually a hobbit, or Gimli in the scenes with Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn. While we admire the high and heroic figures, we connect more strongly with the lower ones. Even as Frodo becomes more heroic and removed, the perspective switches to Sam's eyes. So a movie told around the story of Aragorn, or of Gandalf and the White Council, or whatever, might be a harder sell.
This is an interesting take on the nature of the narrative. I agree. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons for it's universal acceptance. You've made something intangible (for me at least) something I can put my finger on.
I'm also a little concerned about the second movie. Now if the first movie included stories like Beren and Luthien, and my favorite least-likeable hero, Turin, and then the second movie was The Hobbit then I would be thrilled. What will the story of the second be? A series of short vignettes might be great for Tolkien-philes, but not for the general population. I imagine there will be some battles.
One way or the other it does recall to a certain extent my building excitement for the LOTR movies. It ought to be a fun several years.
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