I went to the movies yesterday to see The Hobbit. Overall I think that this movie was too long and many scenes were unrealistic. Perhaps I should not complain about it because I knew that I am going to see a fairy tale but fairy tales too should not be that silly and unbelievable. I have not read the book, so I do not think that I am the right person to criticize this movie but I made some geological observations which I would like to share with you.
I liked the scene with Gollum and Bilbo. It was well done and some riddles were geological.
What has roots as nobody sees
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
Bilbo knew after some thinking that the answer is “mountains”. However, it is evident to a geologist that Gollum made a mistake. Mountains DO grow.
Even better one was another riddle given by Gollum again:
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.
When I heard it I thought that this is a nice description of weathering. I was very interested to hear what Bilbo is going to say about it. He muttered “time” and it was the correct answer which surprised me positively. It is the next best thing to say and is also very geological because time is something that is in no short supply in geology and big geological things (like wearing down mountains) require very long time in human’s timescale.
Many other scenes in this movie were beautifully geological as well. Most of the rocks I spotted were sedimentary. In majority of cases they seemed to be carbonate rocks. New Zealand where this movie was filmed is definitely a wonderful country for hiking. It has been in my list of places to go some day for a long time and now I’d like to go there even more.