I wish I could put to words the breathtaking magic of the Tolkien books and how masterfully Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh manifested these books into films that we will treasure for years to come. I am an enormous fan of the 1959 Ben Hur with Charlton Heston. The film won so many academy awards and is still a timeless classic. Absolutely magnificent, just like Jackson's LOTR films (which also won their fair share of academy awards). From the casting, to the directing, the sound, the lighting, the special effects, the cinematography, the camerawork, the costumes, the music (gorgeous), the script, the acting, and on....I have nothing but thunderous applause and praise to offer. Truly, a masterpiece that I cry over time and again and never tire of, for it is the closest we can reach to heaven on earth. Pure magic and wonder! I have to liken its quality to classical music. Classical music is the pinnacle of musical excellence, and those who cry that it is boring, simply lack the capacity to understand its depth and magic. Tolkien's books and Jackson's Hobbit/LOTR films fall into that same category of excellence. If you find them boring or weird, you are lacking in the spiritual depth to comprehend this mastery.