MiddleEarthBlog: October 2012


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Message of L.O.T.R./The Hobbit

      Even though they are different tales of the same Middle Earth and have different story lines there is in my humble opinion  a message that runs true in both the stories and that is this: Even the small and weak can oftentimes accomplish what the strong and mighty can't. Let us take a look at what i am talking about. Tolkien begins his explanation of Hobbits with the statement that there is no magic about them and they are described as being very small and not very strong or mighty just plain simple folk with the love of good tilled earth, a comfortable home and a good meal/meals. They weren't a people for adventures and being involved with the business of other peoples. Not exactly the heroic type just good plain simple folk, Tolkien famously stated that he was a Hobbit meaning of course that he loved the same simple way of living that he wrote for the Hobbits.But even though they were not mighty Warriors or masters of magic like Wizards they were in a pinch quite up to the tasks required of a Hero. What were these traits that carried them through there adventures among the great and mighty? Simply enough, courage, grit, determination, loyalty. a sense of right and wrong, a determination to see the task through no matter the cost and last but not least good ole Hobbit common sense. Neither Bilbo or Frodo possessed any measurable greed or avarice, they weren't in it for financial gain. They both possessed the one ring but wielded no mighty magic powers from it except to disappear every now and then. They both felt a duty and loyalty to their traveling companions. With little more than their character and dedication to the task at hand they succeeded in bringing down Dragons and Dark Lords. So take heart you of small stature it's the size of your heart and not of your muscles that will carry you towards great and might achievements . Take a lesson from a Hobbit and follow their character traits and they will help you slay the monsters you will face down the road of life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Sordid Tale Indeed

  If you would like to read an interesting article concerning the very trying and difficult birthing pains for the movie " The Hobbit " then follow this link to read an interesting and very comprehensive tale of how the movie came and nearly fidn't come to life. It offers the chance to see how deals are made and unmade in the madness which is Hollyood.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Two Months and Counting

  Yep, thats right folks, we are down to two months and counting Its hard to believe that the date is actually starting to get close. As a public service I would like to present a short list of the things to do in the next two months while you are preparing for opening day:

 1, If you are a real slow reader you can reread the Hobbit but if u read at a normal pace you may want to wait till after Thanksgiving.

 2. Since there will be three movies instead of two and since Sir Peter has stated that some of the movie will be from the appendices at the end of return of the king then you might want to start reading the aforementioned appendices to see if you can uncover some possible plot points for the upcoming movies.

 3. You can try and get some of the new Hobbit coins that have been issued by the country of New Zealand. I am not kidding here there are actually real Hobit coins issued by the NZ govt. . Not sure of their value but it would make a unique gift for your rabid Tolkien fans.

 4. Contact your local theaters and see what version/versions of the movie they will be offering. It could be 2-D, 3-D, 24 FPS, 48 FPS , IMAX, or a combination of all these, especially in the larger cities.

 5. Keep your eyes glued to TheOneRing.net. as they are probably the most realiable source of information regarding events and announcements associated with the release of " The Hobbit "

 6. Go to YouTube and check for occasional releases of any videos associated with the filming and/or release of the Hobbit.

 7. There are plenty of other sites with Tolkien and " The Hobit " info just do a quick search on Google and you will be amazed at what you will find. The Tolkien community is enormous and truly Global.

 8. You also might want to contact your local theater of choice and preorder your tickets online, you dont want to have and face greedy scalpers on opening day.

 9. Make plans accordingly for December 14th and establish good excuses for missing work  or school that day.

 10. If yoy plan to make a costume for opening day, why not create a costume you can wear for both Halloween and opening day, kill two birds with one stone and consider joining up with friends for the opener, it will be a nice little extra treat for the Holiday season, maybe get the kids involved and if u do decide to make the costumes please send the pics to this site where I will display them one and all..