Finding the Epic in The Hobbit - Page 2
Especially chilling is the scene in which Radagast investigates the ruins of the forest castle and encounters a proto-Nazgul come to life. The moving fingers of a carved statue eerily coalesce into the hand of a Ringwraith just before Radagast glimpses the shadowy form of the Necromancer himself. Since the usual sighting of Sauron in LOTR (except for a prologue, in which he appears heavily armored) was of his fiery Eye, this apparition is both surprising and unnerving in The Hobbit.
Larky children’s fantasy or the prelude to an epic—Jackson’s film veers back and forth between two territories. Some of the material would have been too intense for me at 8 or 9, though the kids in front of me seemed chatty and unfazed when the credits rolled. To what extent will Jackson be able to blend the two worlds in the films to come? Undoubtedly the Eye of Sauron knows . . . but he’s probably not telling.