BlogHer Reads "The Hobbit": Trolls, Goblins and Gollum, Oh My!
By Karen Ballum on November 30, 2012
I am really, really glad that I decided to read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit before Peter Jackson's film comes out in December. As I've been reading I keep saying to myself, "I forgot about that!" For example, I forgot that Biblo was supposed to be a burglar. Oops! Really, all I remembered about The Hobbit is that Gandalf somehow got Biblo involved with a bunch of dwarves, Biblo goes to Rivendell, there were trolls and a dragon, and then Biblo meets Gollum and gets the ring of power. Remember all of that really isn't all that bad but there's so much more!
I had forgotten what an amusing little hobbit Bilbo Baggins was in his (relative) youth. He's so easily flustered when the dwarves show up but you can't beat hobbit hospitality when it comes to unexpected guests! Mmm seed cakes. I also forgot about the goblins and how they play pivotal role in Bilbo meeting Gollum. Poor Gollum. He's such a sad character. I am really, really bad a riddles. I so would have been a tasty Gollum snack.
Since this section puts me through about one-third of the way through the book and there are going to be three films I spent a long time thinking about how it was going to be split up on the big screen. I couldn't stop myself from making comparisons to The Lord of the Rings films and books. It takes almost one whole volume of LotR (if you split it into six volumes, that is) for the hobbits of the fellowship to get to Biblo's trolls and we get there in only a couple of chapters! I think that will see that take a little bit more time in The Hobbit movie than it did in the book. I think we'll also see a lot more of Rivendell as well. I'm very intrigued by the scenes from the previews of Gandalf and Galadriel.
Something else I found quite different reading it with the movie in mind is how I pictured the dwarves. When I read the book back in college I just pictured them as being... dwarvish. But now there are movie stills and we can see how they all look! Richard Armitage brings a certain smolder to Thorin, don't you think?
If you were Bilbo, and a dozen dwarves showed up at your door, what would you do? Do you have a riddle that would have stumped Gollum?