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The Hobbit.
by Draginbeard

Howdy folks,

A friend of mine got tickets to the midnight showing of the Hobbit and invited a couple of us to go as an early Christmas present.

If you have read the book, you are in for a treat. The movie not only follows the book (with some creative changes here and there) but adds quite a bit from some of the other material that built up the back story you didn't see in the original book.

I did think they went a little heavy with the CGI, but I was enjoying the movie so much, It wasn't until much later that I had noticed just how involved the CGI was. I mean there was very little that didn't get a digital brush-over in one way or another.

From beginning to end, the movie met every expectation. Some found the humor corny in places, and yeah, there was a little of that, but nothing worse than was in the LotR movies in my opinion.

I will go see this again, and maybe even go a third time if I can manage it. It was that good!

On the comic front, I was bothered by some of the things I saw in the movie only because it mirrors certain aspects of the story I am writing. The motivation of the elves to abandon the Dwarves in a fight is one example. In my story, Lord Hoojoo commands his archers to abandon the fight when he sees three dragons approaching the tower.

 Jolly sees them flee, but doesn't see the dragons, and thus assumes the Elves to be traitors, cowards, and oath breakers. The fact that Jolly learned of the dwarven defeat only sours him further, creating a strong dislike of elves in general.

I can see comparisons coming already, though I had thought I was doing something fairly original, it turns out it has been done before, and better. Still, its not going to stop me from continuing to tell the story I have.

I'm still trying to keep my buffer loaded for a month ahead and I'm managing it, if just barely.

Not a whole lot going on, it's cold and rainy here in the desert, and I am struggling with some back pain at the moment, but I am hanging in there.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend, and I will see you next update!

Gavin - 12/16/2012