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Friday, August 1 • 11:00am - 11:40am
The Hobbit from Book to Film: Has Peter Jackson Crafted Another Masterpiece or Jumped the Shark?

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The latest Hobbit installment, Desolation of Smaug, has fans in an uproar over departures from the book: new characters, scenes worthy of a theme park, love triangles in a book originally written with no female characters, dwarves who now not only confront the Dragon, but balance for a while on his nose... What is a Tolkien fan to think? What drives these artistic decisions when translating a fantasy book to its film form? Is Jackson's version too hot, too cold, or just right? Come debate!


Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone

Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am EDT