Category Archives: Tolkien

The Hobbit’s Lady Problem

This is a really fantastic article about the real problem with the Tauriel character in The Hobbit. I quite like creative license when it is warranted. It is in this case. There are too many men in this story. I dislike cliche. And that is where her character landed for me.

Lady Geek Girl and Friends

I am, quite obviously, a huge proponent of adding more ladies to everything. Strong ladies, weak ladies, ladies of color, queer ladies; just put more ladies in things. However, in my latest Hobbit review, I noted that I had a few problems with Tauriel, an elf lady who was created for the film as a way of increasing its gender diversity. I was one of her strongest defenders pre-film, and found many if not all of the critiques of her inclusion ridiculous, varying from canon overenthusiasm, to gay fetishization (“If she has a romance with Kili, it undermines the meaning of Legolas’s—non-canonical—romance with Gimli”), to flat-out misogyny.

That said, the internet seems to have polarized into two opinions about her. One side, which I have generally avoided interacting with, continues to decry her being included at all. The other side, in a rather overcompensatory show of support, has been…

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The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Final Poster and Gallery of Stills from Trailer #3

Here’s some extraordinarily exciting screen shots for the new Hobbit Film instalment. Take a look and drool!!!

Killing Time

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Earlier today, we showed you the final trailer for The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug. Here now, is the final poster as well as a gallery of stills from the third trailer. I’m so excited for this. Thank goodness the extended edition of the first movie came today so I can have something to tide my Hobbity geekiness over until the film opens on December 13th.
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Adapting Tolkien: The Films

Here’s a wonderful encapsulation and discussion of the many various adaptations of Tolkien. Read and be astounded.

MEDIUMS

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When one considers how popular J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth is, it’s a bit surprising that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings haven’t been adapted into other mediums more often.

It’s not so surprising that The Silmarillion has remained relatively untouched, because that work is, well, you know… it’s The Silmarillion.

But then you start looking at all the different Tolkien adaptations, and all the works that have been inspired by Tolkien, and you end up being surprised (and a bit overwhelmed) that Tolkien shows up in other mediums as often as he does.

The film versions of Tolkien’s work must be the most widely known Tolkien adaptations.

Rankin-Bass

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For many of us, the 1977 animated adaptation of The Hobbit by Rankin-Bass is one of the defining moments in our evolution as Tolkien fans. It’s too bad about the 1980 follow-up The Return of the King, which is…

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