Finally saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

I loved it; and since (as I’ve noted before) this movie is being made solely for people like me, the opinion of everybody else doesn’t really concern me overmuch.  It is, in fact, a bit tighter and more focused than the first movie was; on the other hand, I’m pretty sure that there’s at least one bit in the movie that flatly contradicts the canonical history of Arthedain*. But them’s the breaks. I made my peace with this series not being 100% canonical a long time ago.

Moe Lane

*I decline to say anything, because spoilers.


  • Neil Stevens says:

    And I still say that overall, the Jackson movies are more true to the canon than the book itself.

    • Luke says:

      I still say The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo, not the “kewl” things that might have happened somewhere near him.

  • Finrod says:

    The thing to remember about The Hobbit was that originally Tolkien didn’t even think of it as necessarily being in the same world as the Silmarillion; it took LotR and a revised edition of The Hobbit (in the original, Gollum was going to give Bilbo the ring if he won the riddle game) to stitch those together.

  • phineasfahrquar says:

    A reference to *Arthedain’s* history? Your Tolkien geek-fu is strong.

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