Comic-Con & The Hobbit

Comic-Con & The Hobbit
Ignacio Zara
J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

Today the news is San Diego Comic-Con and the movie ‘The Hobbit’ (premiere in December 2012)

Director Peter Jackson and the cast of The Hobbit: stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis (also second unit director), surprise guest Elijah Wood, and screenwriter Philippa Boyens have talked about the upcoming film. An unexpected event moderated by the Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick.

The day started with the latest scenes on the final five days of production. Different enjoyable moments, including interviews with Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, and Stephen Fry. ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ is going to be the cinematographic sensation of this winter. Today, San Diego Comic-Con could see different scenes of the movie. For example, the great confrontation with Smaug, the dragon, and this enigmatic dialogue between Bilbo (Freeman) and Gandalf (McKellan) (it was seen, but not heard):

Gandalf: I need a horse!

Bilbo: Why? Where are you going?

Gandalf: In search of answers!

The Hobbit, by Tolkien

The Hobbit, by Tolkien

When the dispatch ended, Peter Jackson took to the stage with a camera-phone in hand, shooting footage for an upcoming behind-the-scenes doc about The Hobbit‘s debut at Comic-Con in San Diego.

A perfect day, no doubt.

The film is based on the famous novel ‘The Hobbit’ is a fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkien published on 21 September 1937. It was a success (Carnegie Medal and awarded by the New York Herald Tribune) and it keeps on popular because the novel is still recognized as one of the best children literature books.

The central topic of the novel is the heroism. They say J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about his experiences during the World War I as an episodic quest, but in another imaginary time “between the Dawn of Faerie and the Dominion of Men”.

Although ‘The Hobbit’ is a fairy tale for children (in fact, it was written to amuse the own Tolkien’s children), it’s also high literature as all of Tolkien’s Anglo-Saxon literary knowledge (he was a professor in Oxford university) are used extensively.

The plot is about the personal growth of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his quest to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. During this journey Bilbo will gain a new level of maturity and wisdom.

Adventures, and a spot of Romanticism.

‘The Hobbit’ has never been out of print but with significant changes that the own Tolkien was doing in following publications. They include even a changing concept of the world into which Bilbo Baggins tripped. Current adaptations for stage, screen, radio and video games have received recognition on their own merits. Now, the film by Peter Jackson is supposed to be another success.

‘The Hobbit’ is the introduction to ‘The Lord of the Rings’. In fact, it was the great success of ‘The Hobbit’ what encouraged Tolkien’s publisher to request a sequel, still more famous than the previous book. Nothing to say about the film adaptation by Peter Jackson. The trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003) have win all of the possible rewards, including 17 Academy Awards.


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