Prof. Tolkien pondering replacing the Ring with a walkie-talkie.
Sunday night, a couple friends and I will be taking in the new Hobbit movie in HFR-3D at some highfalutin ShowPlace ICON theatre. As the anticipation rises each day, I can't help but think back to when I first watched the animated version as a kid. With the "The Greatest Adventure" still humming through my head, I wonder how many times Gandalf really does say "Behold!" in that movie. My thoughts then wander to when I read the book for the first time and truly being introduced to Tolkien's Middle Earth.
"Behold this! Behold that!"
That simple world and light-hearted adventure were then shattered when a friend introduced me something called "The Lord of the Rings." Instantly confused by all these rings and which one was Sauron or Saruman and in what tower. The silly dwarves and hobbit were now long gone and replaced by a grim new world where everything good and wonderful seem to have been destroyed or lost ages ago. But I was in Junior High by then and could take things turning darker and grimmer. My childhood was safe.
A nerd childhood can be a fragile thing. Upset or completely ruined by switching guns for walkie-talkies, making Greedo fire first, giving Optimus Prime lips, making the Baroness Cobra Commander's sister and Duke's fiance, Midi-chlorian counts, etc. etc. Apparently George Lucas was not the first one to perpetuate such evils on the hearts and minds of adoring fans. Which brings me to this interesting little article I wanted to share with you today (below) discussing J.R.R. Tolkien going back and changing The Hobbit to fit in with The Lord of the Rings storyline better. I just wonder if the Professor Tolkien received any letters back in 1951 (when the 2nd Edition was published I believe) crying "You ruined my childhood!" :-)
For more Hobbit goodness, you could always check out some of my previous posts: