How it all began …
Back in 2008, before the concept of a trilogy of The Hobbit had even entered our dreams, it was Peter Jackson and (then director) Guillermo Del Toro’s idea to create a two-film story in which the events of The Hobbit took place in one film, and allow the second to become the ill-fated “bridge” film.
It’s amazing how much has changed since then: different director, no more bridge film, two films became three …
And yet, I remember the first time seeing an official (but not yet finalised) logo for The Hobbit. It happened during the Unexpected Party Invitation back in May 2008, when PJ invited fans to join an online chat session to ask him questions, together with Del Toro.
I remember feeling giddy as I was sharing an online presence with these two directors. And although my questions remained unanswered, it was a nice experience nonetheless (I also took photos of the chat window on my computer screen).
What psyched me the most was the orange tone of “The Hobbit” title: seemingly embossed in stone on a pencilled background of trees and moonlight (synonymous of the pinewood forest incident with the Wargs). Later on I discovered that this same background image was in fact a pencil drawing of the moonlight scene at the Forbidden Pool (The Two Towers).
There was something so alluring about seeing the logo for The Hobbit films for the first time. It somehow reminded me of the Harry Potter titles, and I really enjoyed the idea of having something different from what had been done with The Lord of the Rings title that showed up at the beginning of every film.
This felt similar but wholly different. Just like the story was.
Fast-forward 7 years and we all know how things turned out. I love the fact that they adopted a similar style for The Hobbit logo. Yet, I occasionally look back at this original design and wonder how gorgeous it would have looked on my DVD box sets, alongside those of The Lord of the Rings.