Sorry, Rogue, I see where Wocky is coming from on this one and I don't think it's fair to dismiss that opinion as stupid. If anything, it's an opinion borne of better literary analysis, not worse. I think Tolkein wrote great stories, but fairly mediocre prose. That said, his editors really ought to have pushed hard for him to tighten things. That's their job as well. I'm not saying the books ought to have been a specific word count or something. A book should be however long it needs to be, that's not the issue. The issue is that LotR isn't the right length for the story being told. The pacing is pretty bad. That doesn't make Tolkein less of a genius storyteller or world builder. In that sense, he was obviously a great writer. Hell, he defined a whole genre. But again, his prose leaves something to be desired. You may not agree, as no one agrees on any writer's talents because so much is personal taste. I mean, I had an English professor who hated Shakespeare. But it wasn't because he was a stupid or worthless professor. He had his own reasoned arguments for disliking him in spite of his talents. Well-reasoned minority opinions aren't automatically stupid (and in fact, dismissing them wholesale is the less intellectual thing to do). And finding Tolkein's prose clunky and overly wordy isn't even that much of a minority opinion. Even a lot of people who love Tolkein feel that way. As to people already lamenting how awful the Hobbit is going to be... er, okay. If you've already decided you're only going to moan about it and that reviewers opinions are sacred texts, then by all means, don't see it because no one wants to hear your fanboy/girl moaning and bashing. If you do see it and still hate it, that's one thing. But apocalyptic reactions based solely on the opinions of people you don't know are kind of odd. I don't expect the film to be mind-blowingly great. Everything along the way has indicated to me that I'll probably enjoy it, but my expectation is for it to be mediocre to decent on the whole. If it's better than that, well then I'll be happily surprised. But if you are swayed now by reviews (which I haven't read) and have similar expectations, I don't really understand why you couldn't just see the film with those expectations in mind instead of lamenting the theoretical death of a theoretical perfect film you've had in your mind. But again, if you can't do that, that's fine. Just please don't be one of those people who feels the need to keep posting in this thread with criticisms even if you don't see the film. Nobody likes that guy.