Forget Harry Potter. Harry Potter has always seemed like a complete rip-off of the Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman & John Ney Reiber. I am not qualified to make such a statement since I haven’t read the Potter books, but the main character, as well as the basic premise of the series does seem like a Gaiman/Reiber-Lite. Something I simply can’t get excited about.
However, I didn’t log on to throw pies at people. I was Hobbit-Searching 😉 And I have Hobbit-found!
Go to the official Lords of The Rings movie web site and feed yourselves on the trailer. It’s available in several sizes and resolutions, if you have the bandwidth, go for the full screen version. It looks absolutely stunning.
I first read the books years ago. Went straight from Hobbit to the Rings Trilogy. Devoured the damn thing. Gandalf is easily a mythical figure, and goes through an amazing character-arc. Amazingly enough, so do the rest of the characters – all brilliantly written, the thing is a goddamn epic. A real, spine-tingling, hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck, book.
Save your cinema buck, watch Lord of The Rings – all three of them. You will be a better person for it, unless Peter Jackson, the director has totally mauled the books, which I do not think, judging by what little I saw, that he did.
Understand this, though. There is true darkness in the trilogy, and the evil characters don’t just splash and dash around yelling at victims and kicking bumbling lackeys, no – this is not a Disney Disaster – the bad guys in this one go for the spiritual jugular, and intend every bit of it. Even Gandalf has to pay a price, a price I was horrified at when I first read the story as a child. Like all true faerie stories, things come at a price, and there is, invariably, much suffering and grief, and heroes don’t giggle at the end.
At the end, they’re grateful enough to be alive, and are confronted with the task of healing the wounds of those left in the wake of a great battle.
As I said, it is epic.