As you probably expected, I reviewed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” for Aleteia this week. You know, I long ago abandoned viewing these things as straight-up adaptations of Tolkien and started watching them as glorified fanfiction. You’d be surprised how much more you enjoy them that way.
Plus, as I noted in my article, it’s not like the movies have completely abandoned Tolkien’s themes (though some others might vehemently disagree). There are lessons to be learned on the dangers of avarice (condemned by the tenth commandment), the blessedness of the meek (as explained by Jesus himself at the Sermon on the Mount), and… and… and that’s enough. It’s not like Tolkien wrote a bible study, after all.
And besides, it’s not like Jackson didn’t show some restraint with his additions. At least the films never went this far…
Not yet anyway. There’s always The Silmarillion.