The Road (to “The Hobbit”) Goes Ever On… and On…

By the beard of Gandalf, the battle between New Line and Peter Jackson has taken a dramatic turn

Whether this is good news or bad news for those hoping to see Jackson direct The Hobbit, it’s hard to say.

But it probably does mean that the movie is not going to happen anytime soon. And the more years that pass, the less likely it is that we’ll see Ian Holm in the title role. (Since we’re told that Bilbo did not age — visibly, at least — during the years of his possession of the One Ring, it doesn’t make sense to cast a youngster to play Bilbo in The Hobbit. But how would you cast another older fellow besides Holm without causing a riot? He’s just so perfect for the role!)

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at

  • hobbylobby

    what ever happens, I’ll be really sad if they end up cropping out segments of the story for some crap excuse like “pacing” or “continuity”.

    I want a seven hour all inclusive feature!

  • phillytle

    I’m not sure if this is a bad thing. This could be just the thing to get New Line to settle out of court and get the ball rolling on The Hobbit with Jackson.

    Go to to read some thoughts on this.