'The Hobbit' is not actually a prequel
That term was probably not used back in author J.R.R. Tolkien's time, nor did
the author write "The Hobbit" after the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, nor in
preparation for it; they were published 17 years apart. It was simply conjured
as a children's fable, and then he further developed (rather slowly) the equally
famous and more adult-oriented three-book sequel that Peter Jackson put on film
a decade ago. This easily explains why the tone of the first filmic installment
of "The Hobbit" is more whimsical in spots, even if the dangers from orcs,
goblins and Smaug the dragon are quite real. Hey, you've got to lighten things
up in Middle-earth from time to time.
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