Movies.com invites a TORn staffer to share his thoughts on “The Hobbit” every other Monday.

What makes two films based on The Hobbit one of, if not the most highly anticipated film of both 2012 and 2013 and potentially one of the biggest film smashes in history?

People simply love Middle-earth. Generations of people. Many, many millions of people.

Grandparents and parents have handed it off to children and the proliferation of genre culture has only increased the audience that looks at Middle-earth and its author J.R.R. Tolkien as one of the pillars on which so much else in popular culture, definitely including movies, is built. Read the rest right here.

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  1. Jaidoprism7

    This article just solidifies what I have always felt about Tolkien and his works.  He is one of the most influential writers of our time.  His books are translated in more languages across the world second only to the Bible itself, that is saying a mouth full.  These upcoming films are greatly anticipated across the globe. It’s funny to see the world flip around where now it seems Tolkien fans have finally become the majority, where being a fan before was a small and select group.  I’m talking about pre-P.J.’s LOTR film adaptation.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of band wagoneers, if you will, who just jumped aboard the fantasy band wagon who will unfortunately only know the movies and not the rich work of the books.  But there are still the Tolkien forums where true fans of the literary works may convene and exchange knowledge and share the awesome gift of the written work Tolkien left behind for humanity.

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