J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, and Making ‘The Hobbit’ Darker

J.R.R. Tolkien himself had a vision for making his children’s story, ‘The Hobbit,’ into something darker for adults, something more like his epic trilogy, ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ What Tolkien was never able to do in writing, movie director Peter Jackson has now done for the big screen.

Author and professor Colin Duriez compares the tone and audience of ‘The Hobbit’ with ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and claims that Jackson wasn’t the first to think ‘The Hobbit’ should be re-written for adults.

lives in Keswick (northwest England) and writes, lectures, and serves as a part-time tutor at Lancaster University.