Jamie Neish: Jackson’s legacy is $5 billion sales

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TOMORROW sees the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, as you may have read.

Not only does this mark the culmination of the Hobbit trilogy, but also Peter Jackson’s overall foray into JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth, which started some 13 years ago (more if you take into account development and production) with The Fellowship of the Ring.

Over that time, Jackson has spearheaded six films, each shot on location in New Zealand - a place which Jackson felt accurately depicted the world Tolkien had created through his words.

And he’s been rewarded in spades for his efforts. Combined, all six films to date have amassed $5 billion in ticket sales, 17 Academy Awards and thousands upon thousands of die hard fans around the world.

It’s worth noting, however, that the success of the Hobbit trilogy pales in comparison to that of the Lord of the Rings films, and the box office takings and critics reviews for each new instalment have proved that people are growing weary.

There’s a number of reason for this, none more glaringly obvious than the fact that The Hobbit simply doesn’t have enough material to stretch over three films.

Even as someone who has never caught on to the love of Middle Earth, I’m happy to admit that there’s patches of brilliance across all three Hobbit adventures, but plenty more tedious padding.

Had the films been shortened into one or possibly even two, they would have had far greater momentum.

Sadly, Jackson’s time in the land of orcs and grey-bearded wizards comes to an end not with a crash, bang and a wallop, but with a disappointing shrug of the shoulders and a longing for what could have been.