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The war of the 'Rings' [Commentary]
The war of the 'Rings' [Commentary]

December brings holiday parties, subfreezing temperatures — and, not infrequently, the release of a new Peter Jackson movie based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Whenever this happens, a low-simmering debate among lovers of Tolkien's works bubbles to a full boil. Friday's release of the second installment in Jackson's trilogy of "The Hobbit" is no exception. For more than a decade now, the questions have persisted among Middle-Earth devotees: Do Mr. Jackson's films honor Tolkien's books or ruin them? Is his work a tribute or a travesty? And does any of this really matter? Hordes of fans, some wearing elf ears or bearing crossbows, will still...

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