Off to see the Hobbit…

Well it looks like we are nearly there. We are hoping to be able to confirm going to see the Hobbit in the next week or two!

The pencilled in date is Saturday 15th December but we don’t know the time yet! It may be the case that we won’t know the exact time until sometime in November (they often don’t plan them this early) – or we have an early morning showing!

We also aren’t certain of the rating but I suspect that it will be a 12A (trolls, spiders, dragons, goblins, Gollum etc!). Given that it is a Saturday and a slightly older rating film (all our others have been PG) I am assuming that we will fill one screen and not our usual two (but let me know if you think I am wrong!) as I suspect that people are less likely to bring young children? If you think that you are likely to bring a child under 12 then do let me know as I don’t want to underestimate demand!

These screenings are great opportunities to invite people and so when tickets do go on sale we want to prioritise people who invite others to it. More details soon. Do take a moment to answer the poll and let us know in the comments any views or ideas

Questions for you

Some Hobbit information…

The Hobbit was written by JRR Tolkein, a friend of the great Christian writer and apologist CS Lewis. Although not written as an allegory Tolkein wrote as a Christian and there are some great themes such as character. Through the story we see the development of the moral courage of Blibo Baggins, seen not only in enduring great hardship but also by the way that he challenges the greed of the dwarves at the end.

Now, it is of course true that the Lord of the Rings has many more Christian elements to it. One of the most interesting articles was written recently in the Telegraph. Tolkein was a keen student of Norse and Anglo Saxon literature and stories. So Christopher Howse writes:

was a tendency in heroic tales of the Germanic family of languages (English, German, Norse) to prize unhappy endings. So in the poem celebrating the Battle of Maldon in 991, the goodies, their hearts growing stouter as their bodies weaken, die at the hands of the pagan Vikings. They were morally laudable, but in the Norse myths to which Wagner looked, the outlook for men and gods was “universal final defeat”. That contradicted Tolkien’s underlying Christian optimism.

Tolkien invented another term to express an element opposed to Norse pessimism – eucatastrophe, “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears”. The joy was from “beyond the walls of the world”.

I hope that Jackson treats the Hobbit as he did Lord of the Rings. He told a group of of Christian writers in 2002:

While Tolkien has written that in sub-creating these stories his allegiance was to Christ and the Church, Jackson’s allegiance was to Tolkien. Jackson made this comment to a group of Christian writers: “We wanted to honor Tolkien and obviously he was a very spiritual person. We’ve taken an approach of never trying to put in our own message or our own baggage into these films. We want the films to respect him and what he was about.” (Interview, New York City, December 4, 2002)

There are two trailers out at the moment, have a view, enjoy and let us know what you think

Hobbit Trailer one:

Hobbit Trailer two:

I mentioned the Hobbit last year and there are some great pictures in that post but here are a few more to wet your appetites (click on a picture to see it in large size):

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4 comments on “Off to see the Hobbit…

  1. Carolyn
    October 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    cannot wait … looks fab !

  2. smellofburntwiggle
    October 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Interesting quoes… like that eucatastrophe stuff.

    Tickled to see Galadriel appearing in the trailer. Cate Blanchett must have a good agent! (Guess Jackson wanted to up the female characters quota – methinks that being Tolkein’s greatest flaw).

    Notice you missed out the photo of teh dwarf with the slightly disturbing ace-head embeded in his skull …

  3. Will Cookson
    October 11, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    It does look amazing and very much looking forward to going (provided can get final details sorted).

    Didn’t miss out the dwarf other than I was doing it quickly and the set I copied didn’t have it in!

  4. Tolkien
    November 11, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    That was great. Thanks for posting and I look forward to following your blog.

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