Steven Greydanus–'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' betrays J R R Tolkien's Catholic themes

One example Jackson pointed to was an evocative passage adapted from Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” as a poetic account of life after death placed on the lips of Ian McKellen’s Gandalf in “The Return of the King”: “The journey doesn’t end here ”¦. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass ”¦. and then you see it: white shores, and beyond ”¦. a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

This is a lovely gloss on Tolkien ”” and there are similar spiritually themed touches in the “Rings” movies. Yet in the latest “Hobbit” movie, where Tolkien has a dying character utter the memorable line, “I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed,” the film version unconscionably omits this line entirely.

Changes like these are sadly typical of the “Hobbit” prequel trilogy, which is far cruder and less sensitive to the charm and beauty of its source material than the “Lord of the Rings” films were. As bad as Christopher Tolkien’s fears in 2012 about “The Hobbit” films might have been, the reality is worse.

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