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Exciting Times

I could tell from the high pitched squee in the living room that my wife was watching the trailer to the new Hobbit movie which comes out in a few weeks. Going to the midnight showing of The Lord of the Rings movies became a yearly ritual for us a decade ago. I’m a Tolkien nerd. My bride fell in love with his stories after she saw the first movie. So, it made perfect sense to bring our three month old baby to a twelve hour screening of each movie and the midnight showing of The Return of the King, right? We’re not crazy, honest …

Ahem.

Almost everyone loved The Lord of the Rings movies. Even die hard Tolkien nerds like myself walked away feeling that Peter Jackson had captured the heart of the stories even if he messed up some of our favorite parts of the story (insert Faramir, etc). I remember not feeling that way after I saw The Two Towers for the first time though.

I’d been so excited after The Fellowship of the Ring came out. I think I saw it five or six times in the theater, which is weird for me as I rarely go to the theater. I followed every little tidbit of information on the Two Towers before it came out. I’d seen every trailer and researched everything I could on what to expect. I even bought the soundtrack before the movie came out and matched it to what scenes I thought the music went with.

Needless to say, I was disappointed. Too many changes. Too many pieces left out. I have heard award winning writers I respect agree with the changes Jackson made saying that they made the story better. Even years later I disagree. But that’s neither here nor there.

My point is that I changed my entire process of getting ready for The Return of the King. I didn’t read up on information about it beforehand. I didn’t get the music. I went into the movie with the same attitude that I saw the first movie. Looking to enjoy a world I adore onscreen. And I did.

So, while I’m sure there will be lots of changes in The Hobbit, some that will even make a Tolkien fan cringe, my plan is to enjoy The Hobbit for what it is. A well done movie about a world I love to get lost in. So, what about you? Have you bought your tickets yet? How excited are you about the upcoming movie?

About Will Ramirez

Will Ramirez grew up with a love for God's Word and fantastical worlds. The first passion led him to pastor Calvary Chapel Lighthouse for the the last 17 years. The second led him to create the world of Adme, the setting for his coming debut novel, an epic fantasy titled Soul Yearning. He lives in Central Florida with his bride of seventeen years and their four children. Since 2010, he's been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the leadership team of Word Weavers of Orlando. He is currently working on the second book of the Godslayer series as well as The Unspoken, book one of a dark fantasy trilogy. In the land of Adme, powerful beings rule as deities and compete with one another for followers. But when a young priest is revealed as the prophesied godslayer, the pantheon unites to destroy him.

2 comments on “Exciting Times

  1. I haven’t bought my tickets yet; I’m not even sure which local theaters will show it, but I do plan to go–

    I completely sympathize with the regret about Peter Jackson and his team messing with the story-lines. This upcoming movie is going to represent his vision of Tolkien’s world more than Tolkien’s in some ways–but there will be three movies, and hopefully all the really important stuff we really love will be in there!

  2. My parents considered me “too young” to go see The Fellowship in the theater, but I saw it when it came out on video. At first I thought it was horrible (I was completely obsessed with the books and had read them two or three times at that point, even though I was only thirteen) but I quickly learned to appreciate Jackson’s interpretation, even when I wished he wouldn’t have changed stuff (I especially missed Tom Bombadil).
    Even though I was allowed to see TT and RotK in theaters multiple times, I never got to see a midnight showing. So when I discovered last year that a Hobbit film was coming out, I told my husband, “I don’t care what shift you’re working that night…you have to take it off so we can go see The Hobbit premiere.” He’d never been interested even in fantasy before he met me, but watching the extended LotR movies have become a yearly tradition since we got married. Thankfully he was off on Dec 14th, so two days after the tickets went on sale he bought them. I’ve been counting down the days! 🙂

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