I'm sure you all know about my thespian pursuits of yore, my incredible love for reading and my insatiable pursuit of appropriate sources of entertainment for my own little hobbit. Well, with a loose adaptation of Tolkein's beloved work as my current muse, I cannot wait to share what these films have meant to me (through that lens).
I am a Tolkein purist!! I am completely in support of protecting and endorsing those works exactly as they are (outside of Hollywood) and consider myself quite well-versed in them.
Still, I adore these films as well (as completely separate, yet familial entities).
The rest of this blog will most certainly contain spoilers from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! ****Read at your own risk****
He weighs his options carefully, but infamously chooses to abandon the comforts of his Hobbit hole in exchange for a nobler, riskier and less controllable cause.
Bilbo listens carefully to those around him and encourages his friends when they need it most.
He also, though possessing quite a short temper, knows how to make amends for his snark.
He is unbelievably courageous and fiercely protective of his friends.
He is loyal to those whom he loves, but he doesn't tolerate their dangerous or insane patterns of behavior.
The voice of reason in times of great need, Bilbo's words are what Thorin begins to hear over his own stubbornness and sickness-- a true and lovely friend!
So, though Bilbo did in fact return to his tidy little world, he did what I would urge anyone to do-- advocate for others and be involved in the goings on of our world!!
Embrace your inner Baggins!
Ever prevalent in PJ's The Hobbit (especially its last, more gruesome installment) are monsters. I don't mean orcs, necessarily.
Gollum is overcome with obsession. When choosing a sinister object over all else, he changes form. He isolates himself and is consumed with a dark, new reality. His journey into madness reminds all of us to check our priorities. What is your precious? Maybe give it up before you are loincloth-ed, stinking of raw fishes and threatening those who cross your path!
Smaug is an ego-maniacal, mass-murderer who prizes gold above all else. Overly arrogant, his certainty of his presumed impenetrability proved to be his fatal flaw. None of us are invincible. If we spend our lives attempting to convince the world otherwise, after a while, someone is sure to discover our missing scale. They might even possess a weapon to penetrate it.
The Nazgul, once seduced by very real realms of darkness, find themselves permanently bound to the evil one. Don't be so easily corrupted-- the enemy roams around like a lion, searching for whom it can devour. No fairy tale, here, guys!
The bonds of family are strong. The bonds of friends are equally important. What motivates us when they world flushes itself down the toilet and we barrel-roll down rivers overrun with Orcs should always be love, hope and LIGHT! Love is what separates us from hate-- it guides us in times of conflict and delights us in times of peace.
Fili and Tauriel needed only to understand one another's hearts. They were drawn to each other's minds in the glimmering hours of starlight. They sacrificed themselves, regardless of naysayers and mortal peril, for this cause.
They never kissed. Yes, it is possible to be in real, eternal love without physicality.
They never dated. They never fought. They quietly decided in even the most inopportune times that their loyalty lied with one another. It was beautiful and refreshing. May we all pursue others in such a sincere way. May our love change those around us and may it always be shared under the stars. May we live and die by the oaths we've made and may we (even if briefly) profoundly touch the lives of others around us. Bravo, Peter Jackson. I say job well done!