Adaptation vs. Transformation: Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Experiment

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So we’ve seen the first Hobbit film. What now? Lovers of Tolkien’s world were warned a couple of years ago that material was going to be added to the movies (originally two, now three), based on additional Middle-earth lore, primarily from The Silmarillion. The movie met those expectations and now many of us have firsthand experience of the fact that Peter Jackson’s Hobbit is, in many ways, not Tolkien’s. Does that make it bad?


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