- Mar 21, 2004
Tolkien did try to rewrite the Hobbit to be more like the LOTR. It didn't work, it wasn't The Hobbit anymore, and he promptly stopped.Ben Osborne said:I think that above quotes, from Tolkien's letters, are relevant to this discussion. I think it's clear that Tolkien himself, if he were to have re-written The Hobbit, would have made it more like The Lord of the Rings in weight and style. When he wrote the The Hobbit, it was not even connected to the world of The Silmarillion. It was through writing the LOTR that he added depth to the story and connected it with his larger mythology.
I have concerns for the film. It will be padded, and it'll no longer be focused on Bilbo, that is disappointing to hear. I will see it, and try to just accept it for what it is. I really like Del Toro, so I hope he nails it.