Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.
And this is the song from the book, The Hobbit, which much to my delight will finally be released as a film on December 14th 2012. After much debate and legal maneuverings, Peter Jackson has finally been able to bring this epic tale to life on the silver screen. Here’s the preview:
A long time ago I spent several weeks reading Lord of the Rings, of which The Hobbit is a prequel by candle light for the effect of climbing into the mind of J.R.R Tolkien and his world of Gandalf. It is Gandalf of whom I most notably identify with. And it was Tolkien and his world of The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings that left me hungry for more of that type of material which naturally carried over into the work of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.
But there is something soothing in the beginnings of things, and The Hobbit is one of those stories that contain a special treasure within the heart of imagination. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Sounds like a trip into our own world outside of our homes, and is metaphorically similar in many ways. But this is a fantasy rooted in deep philosophy that is a story for eternity. And I can’t wait to see it!
But until then, here is the cartoon from 1977. I adore it. It will be wonderful to see this turned into a live action film!
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