I watched The Hobbit tonight. Peter Jackson has done it again. My vision is failing. I couldn't see everything with great clarity, but that may have actually been to my advantage. Bilbo looked like Bilbo, Thorin looked just as Thorin should. Fili and Kili the archers, the brothers looked as they should. They were all there, Borin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dwalin, Balin, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Dori, and Ori. Funny I can't name the seven dwarves but I can name the company of Thori Oakenshield.
My sight is failing.
I have seen Bilbo dash out of Bag End in a hurry to catch the company and begin his adventure. I've seen the company of Thorin riding ponies through the woods of the Shire. I've seen that same company on the mountain ledges during a thunder battle with rock giants hurling boulders and crags back and forth. I've seen Bilbo's expression as he enters the Hidden Vale and first views Rivendell which we are carefully reminded is also known as Imladradris. Rhadagast the Brown - not really a part of The Hobbit made a delightful and funny addition.
I've seen wargs chase dwarves down a mountain and a company of elves ambush a patrol of orcs. I've seen an Orc city and an Orc King. I've seen the damp cavern where Gollum and his Prescious spent a century or more. I seen Gollum shout "Baggins! We hates it forever!"
I am overwhelmed. I find myself teary and unable to be as eloquent as I would like. I never thought I would see some of these things. I was gifted with many scenes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and many of them come to mind after seeing The Hobbit. Peter Jackson has given me things I never thought I would see save in my own mind. Frankly he does a better job. Damn!