I had read author J. R. R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" and I watched this movie specifically to see if director Peter Jackson would stay true to the original work. I should not have worried though because Jackson does an excellent job of both tying into the aforementioned trilogy...
A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.
Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!
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