November 25, 2014

Do Not Weep For the End

"End? No, the journey doesn't end here"

It is now less than a month to go before myself (and my eight companions) see The Hobbit (Part 3), the last Peter Jackson Middle-earth film in cinemas.

Online, when it comes to the comments users have posted for posters, trailers, etc. they mention 'the end' and they oft refer to Gandalf and Pippin talking about death. 

Like Gandalf, I am here to tell you that this is not, indeed, the end. 

So once you see the final Hobbit film, there are some things you could do:

- see it again! If anybody could not make it out to see it with you, offer to take them, or join their group. 
- watch previous Middle-earth films
- look forward to The Hobbit (Part 3) Extended Edition (or, in my case, the 2D blu-ray trilogy box set; both of which should arrive next November) 
- read some Tolkien (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to understand and appreciate why The Hobbit is three movies) 
- read some MORE Tolkien (Children of Hurin, Tales From the Perilous Realm, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, and Beowulf)
- listen to all the soundtracks 
- look forward to hopefully The Hobbit Complete recordings
- look forward to hopefully The Music of The Hobbit films book
- read some tales that inspired Tolkien to create his own realms by Penguin (Beowulf, The Elder Edda, The Saga of the Volsungs, and of course The Sagas of Icelanders
- play The Lord of the Rings Online
- take a trip to Oxford, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or New Zealand for your own Tolkien (or Tolkien-esque) experiences
- Tolkien was in a writing group called The Inklings with another famous author - C.S. Lewis. You could read the Narnia books (in the order they written, mind!) or watch the Narnia films if you've never seen them. After all, The Silver Chair is in pre-production so that's something else to look forward to. 

Also, just because this could be the last film based on the realms Tolkien created, does not mean that Jackson & co could also film some tales that inspired the professor?

Perhaps there could be another movie (or movie series) of Beowulf? King Arthur? Or maybe even some Legends of the Ancient North, such as Sigurd?   

Once the film arrives, I hope that you enjoy it, but do not despair too much once it ends. 

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