BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit": The End of the Journey
By Karen Ballum on December 14, 2012
In the final section of The Hobbit we see the end of Smaug. I almost felt a bit bad for Smaug. He wasn't a very nice dragon, but he also didn't strike me as a very smart dragon. In my opinion, Gollum came closer to outsmarting Bilbo than Smaug ever did.
It was interesting to read Tolkien's perspectives on how both the wealth and the lure of wealth corrupts. It corrupted the Master of the lake town where the company took shelter. It didn't exactly corrupt the dwarves, but it did make Thorin temporarily forget who his friends really were and that there are some things more important than wealth. It could have corrupted Bilbo had he not been so... Bilbo-y. It's tempting to say that Bilbo wasn't corrupted due to being a hobbit, but those that know the story of The Lord of the Rings know it's not quite as simple at that. That's not to say that Bilbo wasn't tempted and that he was completely untouched by the wealth before him. He was and he wasn't always able to resist. I think that's part of what I like about Bilbo - he's not a perfect character. He doesn't always make the right decisions in a moment of temptation, but he also is generally aware that he might not be doing the right thing.
Bilbo isn't quite as active in battles in this part of the book but he demonstrates a courage of a different kind. I think it took far more courage for Bilbo to attempt to work out a solution that would put him at odds with his friends, and with Thorin especially, than it took him to face dragons, trolls and spiders.
I'm not sure if we'll get to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this weekend or not. I hope we can go tomorrow morning. We love 11am Saturday morning screenings at our local theatre. We also haven't decided if we're going to for the full 48fps 3D experience or if we're going to the less glammed up screening.
Did you finish reading The Hobbit? Will you be going to a screening this weekend?