Posts Tagged ‘the Hobbit’

Got my copy of The Hobbit signed yesterday.

December 6, 2012

I now have a 2012/75th Anniversary Edition of The Hobbit, signed by Garrison Keillor. You can’t explain that. 

Actually, it’s just that I was at his bookstore in Saint Paul and he signed some Christmas presents for me. And then he signed this, making it pretty much the coolest book ever.

Have a happy Second Breakfast!

September 21, 2012

Happy 75th Anniversary to The Hobbit, and may all enjoy their 11 am (sharp) second breakfast. I’d like to see this become an annual thing.

Guillermo del Toro quits as the Hobbit director!

May 31, 2010

An awesome director said enuffzenuff after years of delays. Del Toro directed Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy movies, giving all of them an outlandish fantasy feel that would have been perfect for a Hobbit adaptation. His intent was to go with Tolkien’s style over his own, but I had no doubt he could do the job better than any other director out there. Instead we’ll probably get Peter Jackson stepping in (do you see him handing it over to someone else?). That’s alright, I guess, but it’s disappointing.

An interview with Guillermo del Toro about his new book and the Hobbit

June 10, 2009

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The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed one of my favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) about a vampire novel he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan.

The idea scares me–there’s a particular series of vampire books out there that has overdone vampire love to an extreme degree. Like me, it seems del Toro largely rejects the “romantic” vampire, and the interview persuades me it could be a really good book. Another thing that portends goodness: Fox apparently rejected a TV version, asking him if he had any vampire comedies.

Del Toro does not waste time with things someone else could write; he thinks, and he tends toward his unique interpretation of a subject, vampire genitalia included. And, since I have not been following The Hobbit news, this interview was the first time I learned that del Toro is involved with The Hobbit movie.

From another blog I found today, here’s an example of how he approaches a subject (in this case, Smaug the dragon)

Smaug should not be “the Dragon in The Hobbit movie” as if it was just “another” creature in a Bestiary. Smaug should be “The Dragon” for all movies past and present. The shadow he cast and the greed he comes to embody- the “need to own” casts its long shadow and creates a thematic / dramatic continuity of sorts that articulates the story throughout. In that respect, Smaug the character is as important, if not more important, than the dragon. The character will emerge from the writing—and in that the magnificent arrogance, intelligence, sophistication, and greed of Smaug shine through.” In fact, Thorin’s greed is a thematic extension of this and Bilbo’s “Letting go” and his noble switching of sides when the dwarves prove to be in the wrong is its conceptual counterpart (that is a hard one to get through, Bilbo’s heroism is a quiet, moral one) and the thematic thread reaches its climax in the Bilbo / Thorin death bed scene.

You couldn’t pick anyone better… of course, if he were really in charge, the hobbit would probably suffer a tragic death in the end. Maybe don’t give him complete control of that one…