My ten year old is a diehard LOTR junkie, so like many other families we found ourselves going to see Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit during the holiday season. And why not? I mean, what could go together more naturally than Christmas and The Hobbit…

You know, for some reason I have this strange craving for a bubblegum precious…

Anyway, if you’ve now seen the film yourself and want to know what the rest of the Catholic blogosphere thought about it, here’s a round up of a few select reviews. I’ve purposely stayed away from the professional critics who didn’t care for The Hobbit as a film and instead linked to regular bloggers who enjoyed it for what it was. And I’ve done so for the singular reason that… me and my son liked the movie, all 169 bloated minutes of it. And for the most part, so did these folks, who not only appreciated The Hobbit, but found some Catholic goodies hidden in it as well…


On This Rock



Hell Burns

Fr. Dennis at the Movies

So who else out there has seen The Hobbit and what did you think? I’d love to hear some more takes on it.



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  • Peter Nyikos

    Except for the repetitious chase scenes — the escape from the goblins’ lair could have been easily cut in half — the movie actually improves on the book by handling many themes in a more mature and more dramatic way. For example, Gandalf’s handing over of the key to the back passage in the mountain to Thorin was far more dramatic than in the book; and
    Elrond’s being able to read the map was played up much more, with a
    subplot of Thorin not wanting to let him see it.

    The meeting with Sauron, not found in the book, was excellent — see the review in Amchara, which gives a very nice exposition of how “Catholic” the movie is. I also agree with the Catholic Skywalker review about how emphasizing the dwarves’ need for a home, where the book focuses on the treasure quest, was an excellent addition.

    The film stopped at a very good place, shortly after a very moving scene in which Thorin
    thanked Bilbo for saving his life. Neither that particular life saving nor the thanks were in the original book.

  • David Ives

    A lot of the critical pieces I’ve read actually complain about the scene in which Bilbo rushes in to save Thorin as they feel it changes his character from the book too much. But I’m wondering if they’re jumping the gun due to over-familiarity with the story. I’m of the mind to wait for all three movies to see if Jackson incorporates all of Tolkein’s themes or not.