So I saw the Hobbit Wednesday night. I saw it in the same theater where I watched The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 (really? 2001? Cripes!). And other than Radagast the Brown being a bit too much of a twit (I had him pegged more as the reclusive/serious Druid type) I thought it was a pretty good movie.
There are, of course, way too many dwarves to keep track of and the movie really aims to be a prequel to The Lord of the Rings rather than the stand-alone children's story the Hobbit was. Still, Peter Jackson has earned the right to mess around with things because he generally does a good job of it. New Zealand continues to just be eye-wateringly beautiful.
I am also reminded that giant eagles are the biggest dicks in Middle Earth.