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The Hobbit by teaspoon00 The Hobbit by teaspoon00
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell,
nor yet a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat:
it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green,
with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle.
The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel:
a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs."
-JRR Tolkien -The Hobbit

i've loved this story since I was too young to read and my dad would read it to me. Now that it's being made into a movie, I'm so excited. especially to see Martin Freeman play Bilbo. (I think they did a PERFECT job casting)

Let me know what you think of this.
watercolors and a little bit of photoshop
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EmmetEarwax Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Bilbo had a bit of Took in his Hobbit lineage, and the Tooks were adventurers, not typical of hobbits who are,in general, content to stay at home,go to market, hold parties & auctions, and so on.
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EmmetEarwax Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whoever did the watercolors emulated the orig. paintings by Tolkein of scenes in the 1st and 2nd ages. I recall them because of a calendar using such scenes, that I had.
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EmmetEarwax Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not spending good money to see just part 1 of a much-padded trilogy. Three hours would have suffised to do the WHOLE novel, not just part 1. I suspect Ken Burns wrote the screenplay: he's notorious for dragging out his documentaries to 8-10 hours when just 1-2 hours would have done justice.

I have the paperback Ballantine book (1967) and I let the words weave the pictures in my mind.
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May I humbly remind you that it is not just a movie of the Hobbit, but also incorporates pieces of the Silmarillion and Tolkein's other histories to give a more fully realized view of Middle Earth. Most of the film is The Hobbit, and they spend a lot of time sticking straight to the book- which is good. The rest is from the Silmarillion and gives you a closer look at the histories of the elves, the dwarves, and the enmity between them; The Council of Wizards; the Necromancer (Sauron before he came to full power)and the beginning of Saruman's involvement with him... It's very worthwhile to see simply for the middle earth history. If you are determined to feel that way, by all means stay away from the theaters- but a true Tolkein fan would jump at the chance to see a more fully realized piece of his work.
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EmmetEarwax Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I must admit that you convinced me to see the movie, now playing (at writing) at my local theater. It was about 20 times as intense as the original novel ! I saw Frodo at the start, and Bilbo was making arrangements for his big party (the one during which he vanishes forever from the Shire and settles in Rivendell). Then the flashback to 60 years earlier.

Added were Radagast (lover of good forest animals), Saruman (became corrupted), and Galadriel (who looked beyond human in her beauty).

The orc king was repulsive, even malodorous ! The orc dominions were astounding ! ChromaKey really got a work-out and this film could be deemed animated !

I believe that the nemesis of the battle-mad Thorin Oakenshield, the orc with the gouged in scars, was Bolg who will be in the Battle of the Five Armies. Sight of him drives Thorin to a berserker frenzy.

I see they finally see the Lonely mountain and Smaug stirs in his sleep. Smaug,evil, never aging, never giving his ill-gotten gains back to its rightful owners. Escaroth, destroyed at the start.

I think the film was well worth while, tho 99% of the words I could not catch (the orc-speech and the Elvish speech were subtitled.)
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EmmetEarwax Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As for Bilbo, if you were aware of Peter Sallis's work in LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE, a British TV sitcom that was first meant as just a summer one-shot, but ultimately ran 30 years (!), you'd feel that he should have been cast as Bilbo. Same attitude.

Well, now I feel like taking in this film.You poked my curiousity. Right now I have a break from work, so I have time,you see.

Sauron WAS mentioned in the Hobbit, as the off-stage Necromancer that Gandalf left the troop to investigate.

Tolkein mentioned 9 wizards (Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast(who went native like Tom Bombadil, and has been lazing about), and 6 others not named.
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fifciaa Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it very much!

Ilustration is so much in tolkien style :D
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EmmetEarwax Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I trust you refer to the sunny Shire scene and not to the dragged-out film just released.
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Capricious-Spider Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely artwork, and I TOTALLY agree with you on the casting. :3
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