Reader, you and I can differ about a lot of things. Maybe you didn’t like my take on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, or any number of things I’ve blogged about in the last few months. That’s alright, since taste is fluid, value is relative, and my general philosophy, as Moby sang, is that we’re all made of stars. But here is one issue that I am unfuckwithable about — the absolute supremacy of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, which make their return to the theater this December with the first installment of The Hobbit.
Today, a new trailer for The Hobbit was released, firming up every awesome impression you might’ve had based on the first look awhile ago; here, we’ve got real-ass appearances from trolls, orcs, and even Gollum, looking a little less wrinkly in this chronology but no less wacked out on his ring addiction. (Video parodists: A version of Intervention that imagines Gollum’s friends confronting him about his obsession with the Ring of Power. You’re welcome.) It’s hard to believe that two more films will follow this one, even though The Hobbit‘s text is something like a two-thirds the size of any one of the original LOTR books, which only got three films altogether. Had they come out in the present, we would’ve certainly seen something like 18 installments expanding on every bit of Tolkien’s saga.