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

Welcome to The Hobbit, From Tolkien to Jackson!

This is a one-term class about The Hobbit, both J. R. R. Tolkien's novel and Peter Jackson's movie adaptations. I am a canon person — ask anyone and they will tell you that I did not, at first, enjoy most of the Harry Potter movies because they move so far away from canon. There are many movies that I had to learn to enjoy because I had read the book first... and wow that movie is just NOT like the book!

However, I really enjoyed the Hobbit movies as they came out. I wrote this when the first two movies were out because I enjoyed them so much. 'Why?' I asked myself, knowing (from having watched those two movies) that the movies are so far removed from the book. So I did research... and some of the result of that research is this class.

I found out that Peter Jackson (and his crew of writers) respected the children's story that Professor Tolkien wrote while updating it for a more mature audience. I found out reasons for what was done in the movies and what wasn't done, as well as some surprising things that Professor Tolkien had done — and not done!

Overall, I was charmed and delighted with what I discovered and, if you are a fan of the movies and/or the book, this class might be of interest to you.

I wish to draw attention to my lovely banner. This was created by Prof. Cosmo B. Mott. It is sort of a lovely summation of all the lessons (and it might find its way into one of the assignments).

Prof. Tarma Amelia Black
Hufflepuff professor, The Hobbit