Twelve days into the Advent Christmas Cartoon Challenge have we ticked off all the obvious topics? Yes to Shepards, Wise Men, Manger, Santa, Snowmen and Reindeer but what about Lord Of The Rings?
To the undiscerning reader there is no Christmas in the J.R.R.Tolkein's Lord Of The Rings trilogy but dig deeper and there may be a reference in the original Quenya (High Elvish) to a sort of Teleri version of Life Day. Evidence of this can be found in the long boring poems that very few bother to digest and thanks to the popular but still overlong film versions will soon be forgotten by future generations.
Extra Elvish bonus points if you can guess the name of the festive Hobbit.
ps. Why is the new Hobbit film being made in two parts apart from the obvious to milk profits? I'm not a fan of the Harry Potter series but I would suspect that the same charge could be brought against the first installment of the last book as well. If you genuinely have 6 hours of material you think the audience want to see then by all means split it across two films but if you have 4 hours just make a longer film don't pad it (if Mr Hollywood Exec you're worried about toilet breaks you can always have an intermission).