A Completely Biased Review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

images (1)Prepare yourself. You’re about to read my completely biased review of The Desolation of Smaug. Click here to see last year’s equally biased review of The Unexpected Journey. I recommend reading it, before reading further, as it addresses some of my high level thoughts on the decision to turn The Hobbit into three movies, and some of the choices made in doing so.

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The Power of First Lines

I have always been a sucker for a powerful first line in a novel. In my own writing, it is something that I tend to put a lot of emphasis on, to the point of often getting “hung up” on getting it just right (to a fault). For me, the first lines (and sometimes the last) of a novel I read are usually the ones that remain with me the longest. Continue reading

A Completely Biased Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Disclaimer: This is a long and completely biased review and I regret nothing.

(Note: This was originally published on my LotR Tumblr page in December, but as I don’t share that link with anyone who could possibly know me in real life- since it is a blog that, even by my standards, displays embarrassing levels of lotr fangirling- I thought I would share it here)

I’ve seen The Hobbit twice; I was there at midnight (in costume no less; Shieldmaiden of Rohan, you better believe it) on opening night. I went again during the day when I was far less tired and able to do more than just stare in sleep-deprived amazement. I’ve seen it in 2D and 3D, but not the HFPS, because I heard some not-so-great things about it and I was wary to introduce anything that might take away from the experience (yes, my love for Middle Earth runs deep, and my shame in this is nonexistent). From the moment “Concerning Hobbits” started playing, I was in a glass cage of emotion. Continue reading

Dispelling the Myth: Why The Eagles Of Middle-earth Are Not Gandalf’s Personal Taxi Service

One of the biggest debates that comes up (usually in the context of trying to call out a plot hole) is about the Great Eagles of Middle-earth and why they don’t just pick up Frodo and his friends in Rivendell and take them on a nice, relaxing journey to Mt. Doom. There are, in fact, several very logical reasons and I will explain here seven of them. Continue reading