Radagast the Brown in Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’

Okay, so I’ve just watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey again; it being Peter Jackson’s rendition of the book (the first part at least). I just fell to thinking about how it measures up to my preconceptions having read the book, and the LOTR Appendices.

As a film, I like it. It’s pretty good, and I love Martin Freeman as Bilbo, I think he’s a splendid character match.

Right, I can’t wait any longer, I need to rant about the things I don’t agree with!

Thorin: I like the character portrayal, he seems dark and brooding. I just don’t like the way some of the ways he pronounces his words. He has a little bit of an accent I find slightly out of character. For example, he says ‘Gandolf’ instead of ‘Gandalf’. I think it a bit odd how all of the Dwarves are from the same background, yet only Thorin has the accent. Odd.

The Trolls: Okay, I know that The Hobbit’s target audience is a bit younger than LOTR was, it’s meant to entertain children to some extent. However, I find the trolls just a little too comical. The part when the one blows his nose over Bilbo I find very displeasing to my tastes; I should have preferred it more serious. But hey, that’s just my taste and a deep respect for the literature of which it was born.

Azog: I’m sorry. There are no words for my dislike of this plotline. Azog dies in the Battle of Azanulbizar in Third Age year 2799. His son Bolg features much later in the Hobbit.

Radagast: In my mind, Radagast has always been, and will continue to be a wise man. A master of birds and beasts and in tune with the forest. Peter Jackson has painted him as some crackpot with bird droppings down his face and a birds nest under his hat. Absolutely not. I have always imagined Radagast as a tall, silver haired man of green cloak with a raven on his shoulder. I won’t let the film chap cut that from my head. For the role of the crackpot though, the actor does remarkably and I commend him.

So, yes. Little bit of a rant but there you have it.


Notes on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Well yesterday I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie today. I’m not sure what I thought about it really. It could have been ‘better’ but it could have been far far worse. This isn’t a review, but more a collaboration of my thoughts and feelings. Continue reading

Am I Excited About ‘The Hobbit’ Films?

Yes. To an extent, but with moderate trepidation. I love The Hobbit. If you’re a regular, you know that. I do not want to have it.. ‘fouled’. There are good points and bad points in my opinion.

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The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) Book Review – EPIC REVIEW

Hello all. You all know how much I love Tolkien and his works, and I’ve been gearing for this for a while. This is going to be a mega review of my favourite book(s) of all time, The Lord of the Rings. I say book because to me, LotR is simply one book told in three parts. The result of this review may be obvious, but maybe it’ll be of interest to somebody. In part, this review aims to inspire people to re-read the books, or pick them up for a first time. If you haven’t read then, consider your life incomplete (in the kindest of ways, of course). Continue reading

The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) Book Review

The Hobbit Book Review, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit. I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this for a while. The Hobbit is one of my favourite books. I think that Lord of the Rings series is a little better, but the Hobbit is a bit lighter and funnier. It’s an easier read all round. It’s also an excellent introduction to the LotR series.

In The Hobbit (as I hope you all know), Mr Bilbo Baggins, a very respectable hobbit around these parts. Until, that is, he is drafted into a most unexpected adventure. To the last Homely House then on, on under mountain and over hill. Over the river and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where old Smaug the dragon sleeps on stolen gold.

And what an adventure it is, let me tell you. There’s dragons, there’s Dwarves, there’s elves, there’s shape-shifters, there’s wizards, there’s goblins, there’s giant spiders, and of course one (slightly slimy) Gollum. Seriously, Tolkien has managed to cram in many, many different fantasy races here. As the Dwarves, Gandalf plus one reluctant hobbit trek through their adventure, we see examples of every creatures under the sun. Surprisingly, the plot itself does not feel crowded or rushed. The plot is not intensely fast paced, it takes itself very seriously, and takes its time over the events. The way Tolkien has the company flow through their (mis)adventure(s) is truly magical. Their are intense, exciting times like the mountains, and Mirkwood. There is also relaxed atmospheres where we can relax, and enjoy the literature Tolkien has provided for us, like in Rivendell, Bjorn’s house and Laketown. I think every character gets a moment to shine: Gandalf in the cave, Bilbo in Mirkwood (and elsewhere), Fili throwing the rope and Thorin leaping from the mountain. Tolkien does not make the mistake of becoming betrothed with a character in his plot, and the book feel well spread out between them. The plot of The Hobbit is one I know very well through many a re-read, and it is definitely a favourite.

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The characters in The Hobbit are meticulously crafted to blend across the spectrum of personality. Bilbo, the unexpected and often confused hobbit, Gandalf the wise wizard, Thorin the much-too-important-for-you Dwarf, and Balin the helping hand. Bilbo is the shining beacon though. He stands (metaphorically) tall in hisĀ developmentĀ as a character. At first, he isn’t really sure why he’s part of the adventure (as Gandalf had bustled him out of the door quite early, before he could collect his wits to refuse). As he goes on, he accepts he can play a role in the adventure, having sharp eyes and silent feet. However, when he gets the ring, he sees that he can become a vital part of the adventure. He doesn’t play on this though, and follows his heart humbly through his adventure. Tolkien’s other characters are fun to read about too, especially Gandalf. Gandalf’s dry sense of humour is a gem, I love it. Finally, commendations to Tolkien to thinking up Gollum. I think he was presented very well; it worked well that we don’t really know who or what he is. <!–more–>

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I’d just like to take a moment to compare The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings. What I think very good about the two, is that they work harmoniously together, but also work perfectly as individual novels – the stories do not rely on each other. Indeed, The Hobbit was published before Tolkien had even thought of LotR (fact). The Hobbit is a much easier read than LotR, and I think it’s a great introduction to Tolkien’s style of writing, as it is slightly more classic than many other modern authors.

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The Hobbit is one of my favourite books, just as Tolkien is probably my absolute favourite author. The Hobbit is a wonderful introduction to middle earth, and Tolkien’s writing style is the icing on the cake. You can now buy The Hobbit in a pocket-sized edition. Now, the only other book I can think of being important enough to have a Pocket edition is the bible. The Hobbit is a wonderful piece of literature that I think everyone should have read, so if you haven’t, rectify the situation!

The Hobbit, you say? 10/10. I love this book. It’s perfect in my opinion. I was happy with the ending, the beginning and all of the wonderful events in between.

Authors on My Shelf

Just a little thing I thought might be interesting: Which authors take up the most space on my shelf! Here’s the top five.

1.Darren Shan: 45cm

2. Rachel Caine: 33cm

3. J.K. Rowling: 28cm

4. J.R.R Tolkien: 26cm

5. Angie Sage / Anthony Horowitz: 23cm

Okay, maybe this is a top six, depending on which way you look at it. I think the explanations of these are as follows. Shan’s Demom, Vampire, and spinoffs are on my shelf, lending him number one. The majority of Caine’s Morganville Vampires are there also, and that’s a long series. Rowling’s Harry Potter (obviously), plus Tales of Beedle the Bard and a few others. Tolkien is the three LOTR, Tales of the Perilous Realm, Unfinished Tales, Children of Hurin and the Hobbit (not the Silmarillion, though I’ve read it). Sage is the Sep Heap books and Horowitz’ Alex Rider.

Maybe that’s of interest to you. Maybe not. What’s on your shelf?