Thorin's map, which blends into Bilbo's entryway, and through the door the movie poster for The Desolation of Smaug can be seen

Assignment Five

Assignment 5 is due by June 15. Do not send it in before the term starts; those early submissions will be deleted.

Remember that Assignment 5 is to be sent in after Assignments 1, 2, 3, and 4 are sent in.

Send your homework to [email protected] using the following subject line: The Hobbit - Lesson 5 - your HOL name. For example, if I were to send in this assignment, the subject line would be, "The Hobbit - Lesson 5 - Prof. Tarma Amelia Black".

Do not send attachments; any email with attachments will be deleted.

Within the body of every assignment, at the top of the page, write your full HOL name and House.

Each lesson will have an assignment page where there will be a variety of opportunities for you to earn points. You may choose which you do; you can earn a maximum of 60 points per assignment.

Editor's note: Tarma stopped naming assignment options, so I took it upon myself to come up with suitable titles. Can you spot the references?


20 points for at least 200 words

If you've seen the movie, theatrical or extended edition, write up your impressions in the same manner as described in Assignments Three and Four.

Gandalf the Grey

10 points for at least 100 words

In the book Gandalf is shown to be a kindly character with perhaps a sense of mischief, but one who is also powerful enough to help the Dwarves escape Goblin Town. In the movie he answers to Lady Galadriel and, more specifically, to Saruman the White. Does this work, bringing Galadriel and Saruman into the movie and showing so clearly that Gandalf ranks below them? Will this ranking be altered during any part of Movie 3? Another prediction question for you.


1 point each, for a total of 15 points

Tell me which characters the following actors portray in The Hobbit films.

a. Evangeline Lilly
b. Lee Pace
c. Luke Evans
d. Benedict Cumberbatch
e. Cate Blanchett
f. Sir Ian Holm
g. Sir Christopher Lee
h. Hugo Weaving
i. Orlando Bloom
j. John Bell
k. Manu Bennett
l. Mikael Persbrandt
m. Stephen Fry
n. Ryan Gage
o. Sylvester McCoy

Jackson's Creation

20 points for at least 200 words

In your opinion, has Peter Jackson created a successful telling of the story of The Hobbit (as J.R.R. Tolkien might have rewritten it to give it a similar flavour to The Lord of the Rings books, as discussed in Lesson One)? Why or why not? If it was successful, was it a complete success (as far as you've seen the movies), or were there some things that you wish Jackson hadn't done? Were there things missing that you felt needed to be in the movies? Was it a complete failure? Tell it all!

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10 points for at least 100 words

Whether or not you think Peter Jackson succeeded in telling The Hobbit, did you like the movies (if you've seen one, two, or all three of them)? If you haven't seen the movies but have read the book and followed the lessons, did you like what Jackson has attempted to do? Why or why not?

Offense! That's rude!

10 points for at least 100 words

What did you really NOT like in the movie(s)? Was there anything that you watched and said, to yourself or anyone else, "That just is not correct!"? If so, what was it, and why didn't you like it?