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Movie: When social engineering has a spot at the drawing board [spoiler]

(With this post, my side-trip into BotFA/The Hobbit Movie feels, processing, and even quickie fix-it ficcing ends. The next post on Friday will pick up from where I left off with my notations for the Silmarillion chapters. Yes, the ANGST of Middle-earth cometh! Watch out for Reader: The Silmarillion. Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter 21 “Of Túrin Turambar”.)
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Thranduil_BotFAWith two viewings of BotFA, it’s enough to make me question if I want to go back for a third time. Very unusual for this fan of the Middle-earth movies. The thing is, I’ve been thinking, and I’m not happy it’s The Tauriel Conundrum having a field day(s) in my noggin, and not Thranduil’s visage. But the compound question of representation, political correction, affirmative action, and the emblematic social engineering in a movie series like The Hobbit is an interesting one.

(Fair warning. This is a LONG spiel, and there may be some controversial or uneasy to process thoughts about society after the cut, so look away now if it’s not your cuppa.)

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 18 “The Return Journey”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Bilbo awoke, by himself, still on Ravenhill.
  • He was found by a searcher, a Man, and apparently hadn’t been found earlier because he had his Ring on.
    • Gandalf certainly trusted in his ability to survive. He had been counted among the dead and the Man was on one last search for him.
    • The Man was clearly a strong healthy guy, he carried Bilbo, at speed, back down to the camp.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 17 “The Clouds Burst”

The Hobbit Book Cover

Summary Points

  • Early the next day, banner standards were brought up to the Front Gate of Erebor, with both chiefs in attendance.
  • Thorin was smug in the surety of Dain’s arrival swinging things in his favour and was displeased to see the Elves still among the Men.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 16 “A Thief In The Night”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Thorin was getting OCD with Arkenstone possession.
    • The Arkenstone was worth A LOT.
  • Bilbo was getting the quavers with his Arkenstone possession.
  • Days passed, and finally ravens brought news that Dain was two days’ march away.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 14 “Fire And Water”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Back to the night that Smaug smashed through the Front Gate, he indeed launched an attack on Lake-town.
  • The Lake-men were still in euphoria over the Dwarves’ visit. Thank goodness for the grim-voiced fellow and his natural skepticism with regards to happenings on the Mountain.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 10 “A Warm Welcome”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Bilbo’s first glimpse of the Lonely Mountain, rounding a bend riding the barrels and he wasn’t feeling happy vibes. He had also caught a cold.
  • It took all day to traverse the Forest River to reach Lake-town on the Long Lake, even travelling on the water. There were “clifflike gates” where the River met the Lake. In the southern end of the Lake, the waters fell over high falls.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 9 “Barrels Out Of Bond”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Dwarves used the rule of majority when in doubt or situations of non-consensus.
  • Dwarven tenacity could be worn down, especially when they had been starving for a while, in which case they would apply the better part of valour.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 8 “Flies And Spiders”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points (an eventful chapter indeed!)

  • Mirkwood was truly a scary, forbidding, creepy, gloomy place with huge trees and super dense foliage needing serious trimming above, while strange unknown critters nosed about in the undergrowth and thick leave piles. There were black squirrels abound too. Cobwebs seemed copious and super-strength industrial grade. Air quality was nothing to shout about either depressing even the Dwarves with its stuffy stillness.

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