Tolkien: bard or butcher?
I'm sure I don't need to remind the folks here that Tolkien was a linguistics professor, and as such his greatest accomplishment with The Hobbit and the LotR trilogy was the development of the elvish and dwarvish languages, not the story - which was a butchering attempt at authoring a rich story.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Middle Earth, but as an author Tolkien sucked; for me, it was his attention to detail in the out-of-story notes (ie. family trees, back stories, language development, and similar) that was his greatest achievement. I don't think many would argue that his good friend and author-competitor, CS Lewis, was leagues ahead in his story telling capabilities.
The fanboys need to settle down. Guillermo is a wonderful choice to helm the next two Middle Earth movies - his artistic direction is nothing short of stellar.
And, speaking of CS Lewis, Prince Caspian looks like it should also be an amazing movie.