the hobbit meets the office on snl

Mostly because I saw it yesterday, Tonight I’ll flag this mashup of The Hobbit and the Office up. I usually like the stuff Saturday Night Live do: most of it is well made and very funny, and indeed this little sketch did make me laugh. Yet it seems more parody than anything – an attempt to laugh at rather than with the source material. I can’t help but worry that this is what Tolkien’s epic creation has now been made into – another mainstream narrative; fodder for programmes like SNL. It was to be expected, I suppose, and certainly stands as testimony to the breathtaking success of Peter Jackson’s adaptation. Yet, having loved Tolkien’s books for most of my life, I can’t help feeling that they have now been changed. Something once personal has been made universal, and has been altered for me in the process.

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