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Mike Scott’s “The Hobbit” Stands Tall

In response to Mike Scott’s 989‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on Times-Picayune

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First a word of warning for grammar Nazis: about halfway through Mike Scott’s “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ an improvement over trilogy’s initial installment,” there’s a “their” there when there should be a “there” there. Remain calm. Do not panic and please stay in your seat.

Yes, this is a mistake which has no place in a professional review, but, if you stick with it, Trilogy’s Initial Installment will do enough good to win you back.

First, there’s the prose, which zips along at a beautiful pace, only stopping briefly every now and again to flesh out one or two points along the way. Scott keeps everything breezy and easy to digest, and peppers his piece with a judicious use of punnery; he never lets the jokes get in the way, but he does let them bolster the prose when need be.

Scott takes a different approach to the structure. Rather than open with plot recap, he sandwiches it right in between two enormous chunks of in-depth critique. It may seem like an odd choice at first, but Scott knows what he’s doing—instead of interrupting, it flows naturally and buttresses the criticisms around it in surprising ways.

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