You could read “The Hobbit” in one sitting — even if you were reading it out loud and doing funny voices — which makes you wonder what on (Middle) earth Peter Jackson is going to do with three sittings. With six to 10 hours.Will he fill in the details Jim Carrey-“Grinch”-style? Will he blow out every skirmish? Tell us more than we ever wanted to know about Bifur, Bofur and Bombur?Jackson says he’s digging into appendices that author J.R.R. Tolkien wrote later in life.Funny to think that, 15 years ago, Jackson couldn’t get a studio to bankroll two “Lord of the Rings” movies. And now he’s getting to film Tolkien’s appendices.
Others are making the case for the appendices as well.