November 27, 2013
I?m a lover of all things Tolkien. I own every book he?s written. I?ve read through The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit multiple times and The Silmarillion once as well as some of his other histories. The Tuesday before The Hobbit released I read it to freshen up my memory of the book. Well there?s been a lot of digital ink spilled about the movie. A lot of the critical reviews have been negative (see Christ and Pop Culture?s Roundup for plentiful examples).
I mentioned a few times on Facebook that many of the reviews seemed to lack a basic understanding of Tolkien and the larger history of Middle-earth. Seth Abramson from none other than The Huffington Post offered a comprehensive review which included actual reasons from Tolkien?s work in defense of the movie (?Dislike Peter Jackson?s the Hobbit? Then you don?t know Tolkien?). Also, Corey Olson, Tolkien expert and creator of The Tolkien Professor podcast, gave the movie thumbs up as well (?A Take on Tolkien?). I?ll throw my hat i
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