During high school, my friend Rich Schau gave me his copy of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. These books have subsequently made their way to my children’s bookshelves. After viewing Jackson’s latest rendition, The Desolation of Smaug, in the theater with Todd and Seth, I thought I’d pull the old The Hobbit work out and read a few chapters again to make sure my recollection was still accurate. The film strays from Tolkien’s writing, which movies often do; yet, Jackson’s rendition made for good theater and was a pleasure to watch. The movie does stay with the gist of Tolkien’s original work. Rather than write the original work’s distinction from the film, I’ll simply encourage others to do their own reading (or, most likely, rereading). Tolkien remains a favorite. Jackson is a talented fellow as well. We enjoyed the movie. The final movie, There and Back Again, should be interesting.