Elf-Dwarf Romance

No, not Gimli and Galadriel, or even Celebrimbor and Narvi. I’m talking, of course, about the now-infamous (at least in the kind of geeky circles I move in) romantic subplot in the upcoming Hobbit movies, between dwarven pin-up Kili and lady elf-warrior Tauriel. (I really can’t be bothered to go over the whole thing again, and anyway I don’t want this to turn into yet another Hobbit movie blog, so see here if by some miracle you are a Tolkien fan who hasn’t heard all about this already: http://www.themarysue.com/kili-turiel-romance-the-hobbit/.

As I said, I don’t really want to get into discussing this right now – I will probably do a post or two on Tauriel at some stage, but that will likely be after the movies are out, when I can really gauge what the filmmakers are doing with her character. However, I have heard a few of my friends and acquaintances in the Tolkien fandom expressing concern (in some cases in the form of frothing at the mouth) about this particular departure from canon. Fortunately, two of the best Tolkien podcasts in the business are on top of things and know what the fans want: both SQPN’s Secrets of the Hobbit and the Tolkien Professor podcast have recently discussed precisely this issue, and in both cases the conclusions reached by the learned hosts are reassuring (at least to all but the most rabid Tolkien purists).

The SGPN podcast (which was released first) is here http://thehobbit.sqpn.com/2012/06/13/sth050-the-tauriel-kili-romance/, while the Tolkien Professor episode (which takes a lengthy detour around this subject before moving onto the episode’s main topic of Gollum) is at the Mythgard Institute website: http://www.mythgard.org/2012/06/riddles-in-the-dark-episode-11/.



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