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Peter Jackson Is Hobbit Forming: How A Halfling Becomes A Man

Excellent analysis both of the movie and the moral force of the story.

y wife and I took most of our kids to the first showing of The Hobbit at our local theater Friday morning. All but one of us was already a fanatically patriotic citizen of the Shire long before this movie, and all of us enjoyed the film quite a bit. This will not be the case for every Tolkien fan: I suspect the purists will be upset by the ways in which the films deviate from the book.

I, however, am not a purist. The Hobbit is a nearly perfect book from a literary point of view. That is no surprise,...