The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is coming this December and already fans just can’t seem to wait for it to get here. Of course, it’s not really surprising as The Hobbit series is one of the most awaited masterpieces by Peter Jackson after his success with Lord of the Rings. Apparently, he just had too much trouble with making The Hobbit due to a lot of legal issues and the fact that the cast were not all accounted for as actors like Martin Freeman who would play as Bilbo Baggins was unavailable for the part as he was busy with other projects and Hugo Weaving who was meant to portray Elrond the elf lord was somewhat reluctant to reprise his role. However now, we can at least be thankful that the movie did come through after all even if the three parts of the film are years apart.
However, since we’re on the subject, one must note that The Hobbit, at least in terms of the literature crowd, has always been popular. Indeed, based on how many stories of fantasy changed after the beginning of the 20th century, more specifically in the 1930s after J.R.R. Tolkien first came out with the book. Before then, most stories of fantasy were more or less stereotypical children’s stories with all manner of magical creatures and generally idyllic settings while some turned out to be dreams and was not something Tolkien approved of calling “fantasy” according to the lectures and essays he left behind such as “On Fairy Stories”. The Hobbit changed all that with its own set of mystical creatures that Tolkien brought over from even older sources such as Germanic folklore and was tempered with a gritty feel that was representative of Tolkien’s own often tragic experiences during World War I.
On the whole though, as we wait for Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again to hit theaters, it may be a good idea to read up on Tolkien’s masterpiece which the movies are supposedly based on. After all, there are now many complaints over the liberties that Peter Jackson has taken with the artistic license for the films such as the addition of new characters or the heavy alterations of existing ones.
In some universities even, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings have become college courses for those who wish to learn more about them. The Hobbit is also preferred by many readers over Lord of the Rings due to its more simplistic tone and more idyllic feel. While Lord of the Rings can be considered an epic showdown between good and evil, The Hobbit is more or less a coming-of-age story and Bilbo’s struggles in achieving both fame and fortune.