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The Hobbit trilogy: connecting the dots and filling the blanks

November 23, 2012 at 8:00 am by thomasmonteath  - 

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In filming a Hobbit trilogy, it is arguable that the director and writers are not just doing a ‘prequel’ in the traditional sense, with the end of the prequel narrative dovetailing with FotR.

The unexpected journey begins this December.

What they appear to be doing is fleshing out the whole of Middle-earth in the context of the War of the Ring, partly by giving crucial context and background by adapting the Hobbit and its contemporary events as told in the Appendices, but also by fleshing out the wider world contemporaneous with LotR, beyond what was possible in the adaptation of LotR as those films had to be tightly structured around the character arcs of the principle members of the fellowship, to the neglect of the characters who have more of a prominent role in the Hobbit: Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor (represented by Gimli in LotR); Legolas, not to mention Galadriel; Saruman; Elrond; Balin; Gollum; Sauron.

If this is what is planned, it would be unprecedented in film: rendering a world through trilogies that are not just sequential but also complementary and parallel. These will be 3D films not just visually, but in terms of the narrative too: both trilogies are an angle on the same world. If one watches them both, each presented from the angle of different protagonists and story-lines, one will end up in your head with a ‘3D’ picture of a whole world.

Which is what Tolkien created: a world that is almost real in its detail, layers, complexities, and wholeness.

About the author

Thomas Monteath is a life-long Tolkien aficionado, who still believes –- with apologies to the excellent Andy Serkis -– that the finest Gollum was Peter Woodthorpe in the BBC’s 1981 Radio adaptation. In real life he is an academic in the UK, who can on occasion be found propping up the bar at the Eagle & Child. These views are his own, and do not necessarily represent those of or its staff.

These views are his own, and do not necessarily represent those of or its staff.

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