The Hobbit Movie

Pip and Jenny went with a friend to see the 3D version. Here’s a brief review from Pip:

1) 3D is distracting and gives me a headache.
2) I thought it was pretty good… better than had anticipated, anyways. They added a bunch of stuff in (duh, to make it 3 movies), but I’d say at least 90% of it is actual Tolkien stuff, just not stuff you find out in the Hobbit. It was a lot more lighthearted than LOTR, but I thought that was good… and my favorite part was probably the opening 20 minutes.

Here’s Jenny’s favorite part, and when I say it’s her favorite part, I think she means that she would have paid for the entire movie just to see and hear the way this scene came to life- it’s the beautifully understated, but goosebump inducing beauty of a quiet moment, and song which is only half alive on the pages. It needs the music to really live:

It’s the Misty Mountains song the dwarves sing in Bilbo’s Hobbit hole.

Here are the lyrics as they appear in the youtube video, although lyrics alone cannot give you the eerie, yearning, soulful feel of this song (is that minor key? Minor key gets me every time):

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To find our long-forgotten gold.

The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light,

here’s the lyrics as given in chapter one of The Hobbit:

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.
The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.
For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gloaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.
On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.
Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.
Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.
The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light,
The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
The dragon’s ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.
The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.
Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To find our long-forgotten gold.

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3 Comments

  1. Lori B
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Shmoo and The Boy chose to wait and see The Hobbit with friends rather than have birthday parties (end of November). Thank you for the review! Shmoo can’t see in 3D so we never choose that option- I’m pretty sure it would give me a headache too, though :)

  2. Posted December 16, 2012 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Yes, I just returned home from seeing it., and I liked it very much, especially the dwarves’ song. I didn’t do the 3D, though; it gives me a headache, too.

  3. Posted December 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    My husband tells me most of the early stuff was added from the Sumerellian, which gives a bit more back story.

    I agree 3D is horrid.

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