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December 10, 2013

Get Your Hobbit On: How to Prepare for the Release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Part two of three of Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, THE HOBBIT, is soon upon us, 20Something readers. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty excited. In fact, I’m so excited I’ve got --- as Gollum would say --- “hobbitses” on the brain. I thoroughly enjoyed the part one, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so I’m expecting part two will be an equally fun ride through Middle-earth. I’ve come up with a couple of ideas to get you ready for December 13th! Here we go!

Re-read THE HOBBIT by J.R.R Tolkien: This one is pretty much a no-brainer. There is no better way to revisit Tolkien’s magical world than by reading the enchanting book that started it all. I read this book in middle school, and I was completely drawn in from the first chapter; the introduction to Bilbo Baggins’ home, Bag End; Bilbo’s first meeting with the wizard Gandalf; and the odd, uninvited dwarves that intrude Bilbo’s home, quite unexpectedly. THE HOBBIT is an adventure story that transports us into Tolkien’s brilliantly expansive fantasy world. I also always got a kick out of the scene where Bilbo and Co. try to carry Bombur out of the Enchanted River while he’s asleep, to hilarious effect. Hopefully, that’s in the movie, but I know for sure we will see key moments from the book, such as the when the dwarves get captured by giant spiders. Reading THE HOBBIT will be a nice refresher before seeing the movie!

Marathon the Lord of the Rings trilogy: If you’re up to watching three movies back-to-back for about 10 hours, then this is perfect for you. But you don’t have to do it alone! Gather a group of friends and plenty of snacks, and make it a fun party! Whenever I watch any of the LOTR movies with my friends, we always quote our favorite scenes or play Guess What Legolas is Thinking! based on Orlando Bloom’s exaggerated facial expressions. It’s always fun to catch things you didn’t quite catch before. Plus, all three movies are beautifully directed by Peter Jackson, and are cinematic works of art.

Go to the midnight release and/or double feature event: This is another fun activity to do with a bunch of friends who are up for it. Midnight releases are a blast, especially with a big group of people (and more especially if you don't have early class/work Friday morning). I also know that Regal Cinemas hosts double feature events, and they are having one for An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug. Just note that it pertains to participating theaters only. I’ve been to couple of double feature events, and I think it’s really worth it, especially for a movie you’re excited to see!

Just for kicks, have a second breakfast: Okay, this may be a bit excessive, but according to Pippin in The Fellowship of the Ring, hobbits have second breakfasts. So, channel your inner hobbit, and have a pancake or two with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and ham while you’re at it on the morning of December 13th. (Note: This is just a crazy suggestion, but it seems fun --- and delicious --- right?)        

I hope that these activities were helpful to get into THE HOBBIT spirit. Maybe you’ll participate in one, or even come up with your own ideas! I know for sure that I might partake in one or two, maybe three…alright, probably all four!

Now, I’m going to leave you with a little preview clip from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugto get you pumped up. Enjoy!