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March 26: “Barrel Rides and She-Elves ” A Talk by Janet Brennan Croft
March 26, 2015—Barrel Rides and She-Elves: Audience and “Anticipation” in Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy
For those who loved Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, the Hobbit film trilogy is an exciting opportunity to revisit J.R.R.
Tolkien’s fantastic world and see favorite characters acting out their earlier adventures. Devoted readers of Tolkien’s books, though, may be
jarred by the difference in tone between the Hobbit children’s book and the vastly expanded films.
Join Janet Brennan Croft for a talk exploring audience expectations, the difficulties of filming a “prequel” after a “sequel,” and
issues of “anticipation” in relation to character development. Croft has written widely on film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works and
is credited as “Tolkien Scholar” for the Hobbit films. The event is hosted by Marquette University Libraries' Department of Special Collections
and University Archives.