Good news for Tolkien fans

New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson have kissed and made up, so to speak, and Jackson is now set to direct and produce a 2-part film version of The Hobbit.

I’m a little surprised that they are making it a two-part film. When you consider that The Lord of the Rings, which is significantly longer than The Hobbit, was filmed in three parts. Perhaps this means they will do less cutting of story elements.

I look forward to it. I’ll get this off my chest now: I’ll still like the book better. And I’ll add this: I’m not sure it’ll beat the nostalgic emotion I associate with the 1970s animated version of The Hobbit, which is, ironically, what got me into Tolkien in the first place. I, for one, would support the lifting of the music and soundtrack from that animated version for use in the new version.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day,
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

Magical! (I’m imagining the low, plodding voices of the dwarves singing it in the animated version.)

As an aside, I see the DVD of the animated version of The Hobbit is available for $10.60 on When we were dating, Dixie bought it for me on VHS and paid $40.00 for it on special order (it was an AWESOME gift). Such is the way things go for Dixie and I.

[added later] By the way, judging by the reviews on Amazon, the DVD of the animated The Hobbit appears to have some serious sound issues.  The soundtrack is one of the best things about this film, so if you’re thinking of buying it (you know you are!), get the VHS version.  I can’t imagine it will make much qualitative difference anyway.

3 thoughts on “Good news for Tolkien fans

  1. Ian H.

    From what I’ve read, Jackson is only producing, and they don’t have a director attached yet. I’m thinking in two parts, it will be “There” and “And Back Again”… what do you think?

  2. Marc

    You’re right, Ian. I misread that sentence. He is only producing at this point. It’d be nice if he’d direct, too.

    You may be on to something with the “There” and the “Back Again”, except that the “Back Again”, as I recall, is significantly shorter than the “There”. (I suddenly feel like reading it again…)

  3. Jay

    I just reread it two weeks ago. I hadn’t read it since grade 6. I’m now motivated to put down my camera & photography manuals and textbooks for a puppy training book and LOTR.

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