The Hobbit: Myth Becomes Mess

My review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been published on Christianity Today Movies. You can read it here. In it, I talk about moral ambiguity, myth dwindling to fact, and the unfinished parts of the storyline. I hope you enjoy it.

On Wednesday (hey, that’s tomorrow), I’ll be participating in THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE BLOGS with A Pilgrim in Narnia and other Inklings bloggers. We will each write something about the new Hobbit movie. I’m going to write about “Unfinished Business”: all the things that are left out of the end of this last (read: “last”) Hobbit film. So go see the movie tonight, then come back tomorrow to read all about it!


About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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5 Responses to The Hobbit: Myth Becomes Mess

  1. Leona says:

    The second movie left a foul taste in my mouth. I walked out of the movie theater quite nauseated, to be honest. Not expecting much from this one except for the battle scenes, I will see it on Friday and come back to rant here 🙂


  2. linalaukar says:

    Your review was very nice and balanced – I liked it. I can’t rant about the film as I haven’t seen it (and don’t plan to, after having seen part one), but much of what you write applies to number one as well. What makes me particularly grumpy is that Tolkien’s writing is for the most part so incredibly refined and tasteful, while the movie is quite the opposite. Looking forward to “Unfinished Business”!


  3. I’m looking forward to the Battle of the Five Blogs! Thank you also for your review – I had pretty low hopes for the movie after seeing the second one, but you’ve given me a little push to at least try to see it in theaters.


  4. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Marvin-mode seems appropriate: ” Sounds awful!”

    You make interesting use of Lewis’s pioneering debt to Tolkien’s Lang Lecture, “On Fairy-Stories” – would you consider working it out more, both in reference to this film and in general (with attention to Tolkien’s fourfold discrimination of myth, narrative, drama, and Primary-world event(s) – if that is a just characterization)? “Myth” in the analysis of Tolkien and Lewis can “become Fact” without diminution of its mythic character. Tolkien argues that drama cannot do myth (or, presumably, fact) as much justice as narrative can. But you seem to suggest this dramatization not only fails to do that, but even has no real interest in attempting such justice. Narrative becomes – cliche? lie? Has Peter Jackson become a sort of reverse Rumpelstiltskin, spinning straw – or worse – from gold? Might this adaptation effectively exemplify Taliessin’s strictures in another context:

    ” When the means are autonomous, they are deadly; when words
    escape from verse they hurry to rape souls;
    when sensation slips from intellect, expect the tyrant” ?


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