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The Hobbit in 72 Seconds -in LEGO

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You could invest nine hours or so into watching the The Hobbit movies (after waiting for the last one to be released in December), or you could watch the condensed version in this stop-motion LEGO video from BrotherhoodWorkshop. I tried to read The Hobbit about 40 years ago and couldn’t finish it. I haven’t seen any of The Hobbit movies, either. So I watched this and laughed because even at the breakneck speed of the condensed story, there was still time for jokes. Spoilers? I don’t know; I really don’t feel I’ve been spoiled watching this. One who knows mentioned in the YouTube comments that this was more faithful to the book than the Peter Jackson films. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Couldn't finish it? Really? I read The Hobbit several times before I finally waded through all three books of The Lord Of The Rings. You really ought to give it another shot. Pick up the version illustrated by Alan Lee; his drawings really add a lot to it.

BTW, happy belated birthday!
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Rankin/Bass did a rather longer animated version for TV that is pretty faithful to the book, and even used Tolkien's lyrics for writing up the songs. (The main title theme is a rather sad exception.) Worth checking out if you're a fan.
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