Well I have to point out that a fellow blogger by the name of Der Feldmarschall gave me this tid bit earlier this week in the following post.
Thanks a bunch for posting this DF. Now as a Dwarf guy, you would assume that The Hobbit is right in my wheel house. Unfortunally stereotypes tend to be right right and this is no exception. The Hobbit, and for that matter LOTR as well, is in my opinion an example of classic fantasy literature ranking up there with Grimm's Fairytales, and even though both of these books may be considered to be geared toward the younger crowd I tend to think that they are still great reads for us adults. I get a lot more out of these works now than when I was younger, and I can understand the richness of these works.
Now let me comment about the movie. While I do like the LOTR movies so much that I have the full DVD set, there are several glaring omissions that I wish that they would have kept in the movie, like the clensing of the shire for one. I understand that they had a time issue, but some of the issues that I have with the movie do change the storyline that provides a larger message rather than just fantasy entertainment. The Hobbit had much fewer messages in the book, however the movies are supposed to take a broader view of what was happening in Middle Earth at the time. I am really looking forward to seeing this movie, and from what I see it will tie into the LOTR movies quite neatly. All in all it looks like a great movie so far and I look forward to seeing it, which will hopefully introduce a lot of the Dwarven culture to us that we see from the books. For those who want a link take a look here:
As a side note the singing of the Dwarves in the movie is much better than the cartoon from back in 1977. I thought that those damn songs were too childish when I was 6, let alone now.