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It's Hobbit day!

by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist ‎09-20-2018 02:21 PM - edited ‎09-20-2018 02:22 PM

Have you ever been yelled at by a teacher for reading?


I have. It was in middle school. A math class. And could you blame me for not paying attention to the teacher droning onring.JPGand on about fractions when I was trying to find out what happened next in The Two Towers?


I didn’t know it at that time, but just a few years later I’d be able to visit the world of JRR Tolkien’ Middle Earth, a land of elves, dwarves, trolls, dragons and, most importantly, hobbits on the big screen. And I got to bring a whole lot of people who had never had a chance to read his wonderful books along with me.

 

Of course, those live-action movies weren’t the first time hobbits had come to the screen. In the 1980s animated version of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Return of the King were released. They’re all available in a single DVD set if you’d like a nostalgia kick.


What you’re probably most familiar with, however, is the grand adventure of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. These movies are one of the great cultural touchstones of early 21st century cinema. They are really must-watch movies.


The best way to watch them, currently, is through the extended edition Blu-Rays. These extended edition movies give you an extra in-depth look into the world of Hobbits, both through longer versions of the movies and an extensive collection of extras. Even though the extended editions were released many years ago now they are still held up as one of the most complete set of extras ever released.


If you aren’t quite ready to commit to the extended editions and just want to dip your toes in to the world of Tolkien, the theatrical version of the movies is also available on Blu-Ray. It’s a great way to get started and won’t set you back much money. I’m pretty certain you’ll end up loving the movies enough to pick up the extended editions eventually, however, so starting there may be a good idea.


records.JPGBeyond the incredible visuals and engrossing story, however, perhaps the best part of the Lord of the Rings movie series is the score. We have the great Two Towers score available on amazing blue vinyl. We also have the upcoming Return of the King score on green vinyl up for preorder. If you’re a record person like me, or a fan of these movies these are some great collector’s items.


Of course, before the Lord of the Rings came the book it was based on, The Hobbit. And years after the Lord of the Rings movies changed cinema, The Hobbit got its own trilogy of films. This trilogy isn’t as beloved as Lord of the Rings, but it is a lot of fun and has some great, intense action scenes. If you love Lord of the Rings give this a shot. 
The Hobbit trilogy is available on Blu-Ray in both an extended edition and as the theatrical version. Parts One, Two, and Three are also available individually on 3-D Blu-Ray.


Even if you’re already a fan and have watched these movies many times, take some time this week to celebrate the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and at least re-watch the first half of Fellowship of the Ring and revisit the Shire. I’m hopeful that doing this may even return you back to Tolkien’s books, or even lead you there for the first time.


If it does, it would be great if you wanted to discuss your favorite scenes, from the movies or books, in the comments below. Until then, roads go ever ever on...

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