Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold

To dungeons deep and caverns old! Yes! This is the song I have been singing in my head since last Thursday night at midnight! Beddee is completely immersed in Hobbit fever so you must forgive her. It's a little ridiculous. I even saw it again last night and wouldn't hesitate to see it a third time. It is my favorite movie of the year, hands down. I saw it in 2D and 3D and I would recommend the 2D. I don't know, 3D didn't add much but a couple bucks and I always get a headache. I don't think the theater I was in had the special 48 frames per second though. Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, go as soon as you possibly can. It is long, yes, but I loved every single minute of it!

Gandalf and Bilbo!
So I thought Bilbo Baggins was absolutely terrific. I admit Old Bilbo was not among my favorites in the LOTR films. I felt he kind of effed over poor Frodo, but I guess it wasn't really his fault. Bilbo definitely has his faults, but I really enjoyed the Bilbo in this movie. And Gandalf has always been one of my faves. Just look at that kindly old wizard!
So as I have mentioned before, I have not read any of these books. I straight up admit that I have only seen the movies. This is rare for me (I love reading more than anything), but I had a really hard time with The Fellowship of the Ring. It was like reading the Bible, but with hobbit names! I heard it gets better, but I just rewatched the movie instead. Oh well, it is my shame and I bear it well. So I vaguely know the story of The Hobbit, but have never read it. I knew that dwarves were going to be involved. With the LOTR trilogy, my only experience with dwarves is Gimli, seen here.
I love Gimli, don't get me wrong. He is brave, funny and a powerful warrior. But let's face it, he doesn't really do much for the ladies. He is no elf (Legolas). Or man (Aragorn). Or even a hobbit (Frodo). He is just an funny little dwarf. So I pretty much imagined that all dwarves look like Gimli. There is a group of 13 dwarves in this movie, pictured here.

Lucky 13
So a lot of the dwarves DO look like Gimli. In fact, I learned on Wikipedia (shut up!) that one of these dwarves is Gimli's dad! But the head dwarf prince, Thorin Oakenshield is fierce!

And let's face it, Kili isn't so bad either.

Where's your bulbous nose and bushy beard?

So The Hobbit has made me rethink my dwarf stereotypes and they are now one of my favorite Middle Earth beings. But Thorin really needs to lighten up. I know he has to kill dragons and orcs and stuff, but seriously. He is really mean to Bilbo sometimes. It's not like Bilbo is trained for this or anything. Plus dwarves seem pretty immune to death. Like that falling rock scene? As if ANY of the dwarves would have really survived that! Let alone all 13. I know, it's a movie!!
But my favorite part of The Hobbit is by far the part with GOLLUM!! Yes! I knew he was back, but it was great to see him again. And to find out the history of how Bilbo got the One Ring in the first place.
Gollum Rules, That is All!
Bilbo and Gollum's game of riddles was the best part of the movie. Even though "what have I got in my pocket?" isn't really a riddle. Poor Gollum, I sort of feel bad for him. Bilbo actually DID steal his ring. But he is crazy so oh well! Maybe the ring was better off with Gollum? We will never know!
So that is my review of The Hobbit. My only complaint was the lack of female characters. Seriously, Galadriel was the only one. If you haven't seen it, go ASAP! I can't wait until they fight Smaug the dragon in the following movies!! Oh, and I am finally going to suck it up and read a J.R.R. Tolkien book. My next book is The Silmarillion. My Middle Earth history is pathetic and I need questions answered!



  1. Didn't Gimli say Dwarf women look just like Dwarf men? Maybe there were more female characters than you thought..

  2. Hmmm you are right! I assume they must find some Dwarf women after defeating Smaug. But what a sausage party in the meantime!

  3. Reading this was like reading something in a foreign language. I have no idea what you are talking about. Fine, I give in. I'll watch the LOTR movies...


  4. Yes! Watch them while driving to Rivendale..er Denver! (You will get that joke soon enough!)