The Hobbit is fiction, but it reflects some people’s real life views and emotions. I went to see the movie this weekend with my niece.
The movie was mostly empty of the normal Hollywood messages – no gay hero, no brilliant authoritative male from an ethnic minority, no seven year old whose innocence makes him smarter than the corrupted adults (although the foundation is laid that a child will slay the “black” dragon)
The “OMG, here we go” moment came when the Dwarves had been captured by the humans living in the squalid city by the lake. The dwarves win over the masses (and the corrupt ugly fat king) by declaring that if only the people of the town will let them go to slay the Evil Black Dragon that lives in the mountain filled with the gold stolen from the dwarves, prosperity and commerce will return to the city.
Probably 2/3 of the movie is Elves, Humans, Orcs and Spiders killing each other over control of turf and wealth. I don’t understand how this film appeals to progressives other than the obvious “people who accumulate wealth and don’t “share” it are evil and should be killed so we can all be rich.
Again stipulating this is fiction, what would motivate a black dragon to kill the workers that were mining the gold? And what use does a black dragon have for gold if he can’t use it?
The somewhat idealistic song One Tin Soldier from the movie Billy Jack in 1971 crafts a story of A rich kingdom on a hill and the people living below in the valley envious of the people on the hill.
When the mountain people offer to share the secrets of the mountain and their wealth, the valley people want the entire treasure and storm the mountain and kill the mountain people, only to find the secret treasure of the mountain is a stone that says “Peace on Earth”
The drums of war are beating in the distance.