Skip to comments.Album Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Posted on 12/17/2013 2:44:27 PM PST by Perdogg
Ahead of its long awaited cinema release, Sarah Stanley reviews the second instalment of Howard Shores original, and moving, motion picture score
(Excerpt) Read more at nouse.co.uk ...
I am still steaming over making 3 movies from a short, rather lightweight novel, while the meat got one movie each.
Love movie music! And Howard Shore is great!
Yeah! J.R.R. Tolkien sold out for money! These last 2 movies don’t even approach the greatness of LOTR. Instead of a story and moral lessons all we have is ADHD action!
I thought it was a bit excessive too. It means there’s a lot more artistic license needed, which gives Peter Jackson the opportunity to constantly insert his favored type of scene: outrageously dramatic bordering on the impossible.
If he wants to do another set of movies based on JRRT, I would suggest The Silmarilian. There’s almost no limit to the number of them which could be based on it.
>>Yeah! J.R.R. Tolkien sold out for money! These last 2 movies dont even approach the greatness of LOTR. Instead of a story and moral lessons all we have is ADHD action!<<
You know, I don’t know HOW well JRRT did...
But I know his friendship with C.S. Lewis informed them both (read http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/news/2003/aug29.html?start=1). I also understand they were contemporaries with other writing legends and went to salons where they would practice debates on a wide variety of subjects.
What a golden age that was!
>>If he wants to do another set of movies based on JRRT, I would suggest The Silmarilian. Theres almost no limit to the number of them which could be based on it.<<
That and the Book of Lost Tales were the hardest and most satisfying reads I have ever done.
Understanding the Middle-earth Genesis really adds an extra dimension to LOTR.
In college I could write and read Elvish but, sadly, I lost that and can only understand a few words and runes...
It’s supposed to be a prequel to LOTR, and includes the extensive appendixes of the novel. That’s where a lot of the meat comes from. If you’ve never read the Appendix, you should. That said, the movies are really just about dispatching orcs in grotesque ways and would be 1/3 their length if it had been made for grownups instead of Saw fans.
I thought the music in the cartoon version of “The Hobbit” was really good.
A BJORK SOUNDALIKE
a college band playing guitar
>>Its supposed to be a prequel to LOTR, and includes the extensive appendixes of the novel. Thats where a lot of the meat comes from. If youve never read the Appendix, you should. That said, the movies are really just about dispatching orcs in grotesque ways and would be 1/3 their length if it had been made for grownups instead of Saw fans.<<
It isn’t supposed to be... it IS.
As originally published, there were no appendices, other than a glossary.
There is a companion book to the Hobbit and LOTR which explains a lot of the milieu of Middle Earth. But to understand the motivations of the different races you need to read the Silmarillion and Book of Lost Tales. There is also a definitive guide published by JRR’s son.
the 3 direct crowd shots of the token black citizen of laketown done to quell complaints no blacks were in LOTR...
Understanding the Silmarillion:
The Hobbit is D-Day
Lord Of The Rings is WW2
The Silmarillion is “In the beginning God created...”all the way thru to modern times.
He invented two separate dialects for Elvish I think, as well as one for dwarves, orcs, maybe some others. I used to do calligraphy (still can but out of practice), and I memorized the Tengwar script, but could only translate it to English.
I thought Emiliana Torrini did a great job with the Gollum Song ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl2srED5bwQ ...
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