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.

Event Details

  • Date: March 26, 2015, 4:30 PM
  • Location: Raynor Library, Beaumier Suites (Lower Level)
  • Admission: Free and open to all; RSVP required

Planning to Attend?

  • Space is limited; please RSVP to Elisa Coghlan at or 414-288-7068.
  • Visitor parking is available in 2 campus lots (fee required): on Wells Street between 12th and 13th, and on 16th Street between Wisconsin and Wells. See additional parking information.
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Illustration of Barrel Rides and She Elves