The Hobitit

Hobitit - Gollum‘Hobitit’ is a Finnish TV Series, being one of the only live-action representations of the Lord of The Rings.

In a total of nine episodes this series shows the finding of the one ring by Bilbo Baggins and then goes on to account Books 1,2,4 and 6 of the Lord of the Rings, as narrated by an older Samwise.

I have many criticisms for this series, not least the fact that it is not in English so I can only watch it with subtitles. My main concern is that by limiting themselves to 9 episodes, they featured far more heavily on some aspects of the story and skating over many others with large sections of the story cut out completely. For example a whole episode focussed on Bilbo finding the ring, another on Bilbo’s 111th birthday and another almost complete episode on the hobbit’s journey through the dark forest. However the entire journey of the fellowship only lasted one episode and the scene in the mines of Moria less than two minutes. It also begins to show the scouring of the shire, however this cuts out halfway through for some reason.

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However the series does have to be admired. The representation of Gollum was simple and yet superb and the series was also one of the few adaptations to feature Tom Bombadil.

I also saw quite a few similarities in this series and Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. These include the scene where Saruman imprisons Gandalf in Isengard and the death of Boromir.

All in all a very good series, if I could understand it.

Osgiliath? When did they go to Osgiliath?

That, and by that I mean the title, is a very good question. Where does it say in the Lord of the Rings, or in any of the dozen books of notes accompanying them that Faramir took Frodo, Sam and Gollum to Osgiliath? Nowhere. So why the hell does director choose to add in that tiny little seen, taking up about fifteen minutes of the movie which could have been used for some of the things he left out.

Now don’t get me wrong I agree that no film can follow completely with the books. I understand that some scenes have to be taken out and some added in, that lines need to be swivelled around a and personalities changed, however I think in this scene Jackson goes to far.

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Most of you will probably not know what the hell I am talking about so I will explain thus. In the Two Towers book, Frodo and Sam are captured by Faramir, Captain of the White Tower of Gondor where they are taken to his base at Henneth Annûn. Here he questioned them about the One Ring, realised they were working to destroy it and let them go.

However in Peter Jacksons ‘Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ movie after being captured Farmarir they are kept prisoner in Henneth Annûn and, after discovering the one ring, Faramir decides to take the one ring to use to help the city of Gondor. He then takes the hobbits, along with Gollum, to Osgiliath where they arrive in a city at war and being bombarded by an attack from orcs and Nazguls.  In the film Faramir also tortures Gollum which was actually quite sad to see.

I don’t know why Jackson did it. Maybee he wanted to show off that his stunt team could successfully tear down the rood of a building, or maybee he was having fun with his remote control Nazgul. It’s not even as if they have made the story any better by doing it this way. Another point to Tolkien.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

‘The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey’ a film that I have been told on many occasions to be the most anticipated picture of 2012. Yesterday I went to see this film and I feel that it is always nice to do a little light-hearted review of a film you have recently seen.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the beginning of a trilogy of films which focuses on Bilbo Baggins, a young hobbit who sets off on a mission with a band of dwarves. The film, which was directed by Peter Jackson, is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy from the same director and features many of the same cast. Being a fan of these films myself it was very easy to get into the spirit of the film however the Hobbit acts as a completely different story told in a completely different way. In fact somehow whilst watching it I was both always and never thinking about the Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyBefore watching the film I, like many others, was wondering how on earth Jackson had managed to stretch one 280 page book into three motion pictures. I was pretty shocked to hear that the nearly three-hour long film only covered 6 chapters of Tolkien’s original book. However you forget all your criticisms when you are watching it. The film never ceases to be amazing, truly bringing Tolkien’s work to life. The film also contains many scenes (and many villains) that weren’t featured in the books however fit in perfectly with the world of Middle Earth.

The start of the film is spoken from the view of an elderly Bilbo (played by the returning Ian Holm). He tells the tale of the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield and the capture of the lonely mountain by the dragon Smaug (epically played by Benedict Cumberbatch). This part then seamlessly returns to a point only about an hour before the Lord of the Rings starts, with Frodo Baggins running off the meet Gandalf. If I hadn’t known otherwise I would have thought these scenes were filmed simultaneously.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyPerhaps my favourite scene featured the return of three “Lord of the Ring-ers”. These were Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett, Saruman, played by Christopher Lee and Elrond, played by Hugo Weaving. These three along with the good old Gandalf come together in the White Council where they sit around and talk about stuff. Christopher Lee especially gave a great performance (especially considering his roles for all three films were filmed in four days). Lee managed to combine the character of the kindly wise-old wizard with a darker backbone of the traitor which is to come in the Lord of the Rings.

However in every film there are a few minor moans to be had. Some of the battle scenes seemed to never end (yes that worked well in LOTR however Jackson should remember that the Hobbit is a children’s tale). Another thing; though pleased at the sight of Sylvester McCoy playing Radagast the Brown, I wasn’t completely sure that some of his scenes were completely necessary (take the part when he is running round frantically trying to save a dying hedgehog while giant spiders knock on his windows).

The Lord of the Rings trilogy

I may confess that I spend too much time watching films over and over again, and rarely straying out from a select few. However recently I have engaged myself with the award winning, Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The stories are set on the mystical land of Middle-Earth, a place ruled by the evil tyrant Sauron.

The stories mainly focus on young Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who is on a quest to destroy the one ring; the source of Sauron’s power and therefore rid Middle-Earth of Sauron forever.

Along the way he meets loads of people such as Gandalf the Grey (played by Ian McKellen) and the evil creature Gollum (voiced by Andy Serkis).

I would whole-heartedly recommend these films to anybody in need of something to watch, as I have really enjoyed them.

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