This note says it all. Reddit user, bigbruck, purchased a new copy of The Hobbit and inside of the book was this note….
Excellent choice of book! This is a masterpiece will worth every second you will spend reading it. Be warned, however, that it is nothing like the movies which stole its name. The tale is one much gentler and more fanciful. So be patient with its lack of exaggerated battle scenes and enjoy the magic it hold instead.
I most heartily agree. I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings books and movies. I thought they did a superb job taking the Ring Trilogy from book to movie, especially considering the amount of content within the three books. But when it came to watching The Hobbit movies, I was sorely disappointed. For one, the story should have never been stretched out to three parts. Secondly, rather than add story lines that were not in the book, they should have included or elaborated on parts of the book they left out or abbreviated, such as Beorn, the Skin-Changer. Yes, Beorn was in the movie, but just barely. I thoroughly loved his character in the book.
I will say, though, that I really enjoy Peter Jackson’s interpretation of the dwarves. They looked great and had the personalities that fit. Did anyone notice that Bifur had an axe permanently embedded in his head? This was not in the book, but I thought it was a great Hollywood touch. Some people did not, though, going so far as to create a petition to have it removed.
Anyway, it is what it is. Finding this note was a rare treat in life. Someone cared about a book enough to leave a complete stranger a friendly note briefly explaining an important difference between the book and the movies.
Sidenote: This is an image of the bookcover from my copy of The Hobbit many many years ago.