How to Prepare for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
So, you’re among the millions of Tolkien fans who are patiently (or not so patiently perhaps) waiting for December 14th and the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” How do you get ready for such a momentous event? Before we go any further, make sure you have enjoyed your second breakfast. Once you have done that, then you’re ready to use the Internet to make sure you are prepared for the film’s debut.
Let’s start with the video that has gone viral this week, a fan-made creation that takes uses clips from official trailers that have been released in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan, as well as television spots and announcement videos from the net. This is a wonderful video, and fans around the world have commented that it is almost as if they have watched the movie when it is over. Here’s the video; if you’ve already seen it, why not have a second helping. If you have not yet watched it, get ready for an interesting trip.
I’m sure the new film will be a very emotional journey, just as the Lord of the Rings trilogy was. Part of what makes it so emotional is the soundtrack. The music for the Lord of the Rings films was beautiful, haunting at times, and definitely one of the best things about the movies. While we cannot yet experience the new soundtrack, here’s a video that celebrates the music from the first trilogy. The Piano Guys have done it again, taking us on a musical journey in a way that only they can. As you watch, notice how the backdrops evoke memories of the places seen in the films. If you’re interested in more information about the making of the video, be sure to click over to YouTube as they have the story below the video.
Another thing to do before the film releases is to visit the official website. Of course, all the regular things you would expect are here, such as basic information about the story, characters, cast, and crew, trailers, and downloadable wallpapers and other pictures. Additionally, they have some fun features, including Riddles in the Dark (answer riddles from Gollum as well as those submitted by website visitors, or submit your own), Recipes from Middle-Earth (see “official” recipes from Bombur, as well as ones from other fans, or submit your own), and Character Quiz (answer questions to see which character you are most like). There is also a Trivia Challenge, and the link takes you to the official Facebook page. The only thing about it that I don’t like is that you can’t see the correct answers when you are finished. Aside from that, it’s a fun little feature.
Watching these videos and visiting the website and Facebook page are just a few of the ways to prepare for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” In a future article, I’ll examine some of the other things I have found in my short journey online. In the meantime, with it still being Thanksgiving weekend, it’s a good time to act like a Hobbit and have another helping of leftovers. I’m quite sure that Bilbo would approve.