Tolkien Proves the Hobbits Are More Important Than the Man

In the new movie Tolkien, war is murder—and sometimes Mordor. Clouds of mustard gas billowing into the trenches of the Somme become the smoke of dragon fire; German soldiers setting men alight with flamethrowers transform into the dragon itself. A young James Ronald Reuel Tolkien staggers across the dark, treeless ruin of no man's land as Frodo would one day stagger toward Mount Doom. As the men around him scream and gurgle, Tolkien sees a dark rider on a black horse sweeping across the battlefield, pausing to skewer the already dying. Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Is Lord of the Rings Prejudiced Against Orcs? Ethan Gilsdorf See the Sketches J.R.R. Tolkien Used to Build Middle-Earth Laura Hudson The Hobbit: An …