My husband asked why I loved it so much. I think it’s because of the small connections I felt to the film.
The Book: I read The Hobbit when I was a freshman in college and lingered under its covers because it was probably the only book I read for fun during that year. That alone made the story a delicious treat. I loved Bilbo because he was ordinary but willing. It was the willingness that opened the door to all the adventures in his life. I wanted to be a more willing person and dare to venture outside the ordinary.
The Author: Actually I should say the author’s home. When I was researching Sisterchicks Go Brit, my editor and I went on an unconventional guided tour of Oxford with a former taxi driver who dropped us off in front of an ordinary house in a residential area. He said it was the former home of J.R.R. Tolkien and that Tolkien had written The Hobbit in the room above the garage. It gave me a thrill to look up at the window above the garage and think of Tolkien sitting there so many years ago, dreaming up Middle Earth and Second Breakfasts and Bilbo Baggins.
The Studio: On another Sisterchicks research trip I was in Wellington, New Zealand. We drove by the very unassuming post production studios for Peter Jackson’s Weta Studios. The Lord of the Rings trilogy had been completed at the time and locals said that The Hobbit was up next for production. That was quite a few years ago but that’s when I began to wait for the film to come out.
And I was not disappointed after the long wait.
Slipping into our local, air conditioned theater and watching the finished product on the big screen made me think of Tolkien sitting for long hours in that room above his garage. When he wrote The Hobbit in 1937 he never could have imagined that his story would one day be retold in such a way on film.
Such moments stir my storyteller soul. I dream of what could be.
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