In Defense of Peter Jackson: The Value of Interpretation

I saw this last Friday night, and even as a Tolkien nerd (my street cred: I let out a giddy “hell yes” as soon as Gandalf referenced Gondolin), I absolutely loved the movie. I first read The Hobbit when I was eight years old, and it was like a dream come true seeing it on the screen. Yeah, the movie has problems — particularly the pacing — but it was a worthy effort. And Radagast is not as bad as everyone makes him out to be. If you’ve ever lived in Oregon, you probably have lived next door to the guy. I swear I have. — J.W.

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This blog post will no doubt annoy a number of my closest friends, and particularly infuriate those who are the Middle Earth equivalent of the SSPX – i.e., more Tolkien-than-thou.  However my intent is not to make pleasantries, but rather to challenge perceptions and preconceptions in our culture.  To paraphrase Addison DeWitt, my native habitat is the blogosphere: in it I toil not, neither do I spin – I am simply a critic and commentator.

That being said, I will now freely admit that I am looking forward to catching Part One of Peter Jackson’s new film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” this weekend, if I can manage to snag a ticket at my local multiplex.  Rather than review a film which I have not yet seen, I want to address two points which all of us ought to keep in mind, and not just with respect to Jackson’s…

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