TORN asked artist John Howe’s opinion on the Hobbit/PJ situation. Here is his response: “Quite frankly, I do think Peter is obviously the best person to do the Hobbit, because he is the only one who would not feel the weight of LOTR on his shoulders. Kind of a paradox, but another director would likely feel obliged to prolong something not originally his, or break free of it entirely, neither solution being a good one. Peter, on the other hand, can have the creator’s attitude towards his own work: complete freedom to use it or ignore it.”