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Cameron Williams’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Is a White Dwarf

In response to Cameron Williams’s 770‑word review of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug on The Popcorn Junkie

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In cosmological terms it’s called a ‘white dwarf’, and Cameron Williams‘s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“ glows not so very brightly in a universe crafted whole cloth from J. R. R. Tolkien’s mind, a fact perhaps lost (as Bilbo Baggins often is) on Mr. Williams.

His The Desolation of Smaug seems to have beclouded his view of that original universe, as his naked ebullience would seem to credit Peter Jackson and his early horror (horrific?) daze of making scary movies for, and from, scratch.

One Tolkien scholar put it best: ‘Tollywood’, his sneer in the direction of filmmakers who seem never to have read the original written work of fantasy, not horror.  Aye, there’s the rub, methinks, as, ahem, Mr. Williams is likely unaware that no dragon ever so much as appeared in any dwarvish—or elfish---dream, much less the book’s pages.

In a too-telling slip of syntax, Mr. Williams‘s The Desolation of Smaug it is posited---after first naming Bilbo and Thorin, then, all four scriveners of the script---that ‘their obsessions are beginning to consume them. ‘

Whose obsessions?  And, the fact that his schooling, if not his nationality, screams ‘proper English’ (he uses ‘our’ instead of ‘or’, okay) makes this especially egregious to we grammarians.  Ahem.

So, then, ‘let us go then, y0u and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky’, as this white dwarf set spinning by Mr. Williams ends with a whimper.    

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