From the "Who should direct the Hobbit" thread:
Oh the IRONY! The Master of Absurdism and Whimsy speaks .
I think you are operating under the entirely mistaken notion that Absurdism or Whimsy = Nonsense. Oh no indeed. Absurdism is a form of Surrealism. I agree no-one would consider Dr Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The 5 Children and It, or The Hobbit is Nonsense, but none can deny the Humorous/Satirical Surrealist, (i.e. Whimsical) aspects of any of those stories.
Very few directors are capable of dealing in Whimsy, but the few I've mentioned are among the best at it.
Pippi Longstocking, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Wizard of Oz, Dr Dolittle, many Joan Aiken books, Edward Lear, almost ANY Roald Dahl book, and even the Harry Potter series also have Absurdist Elements.
Indeed, we've already discussed many of the Whimsical Aspects of the Hobbit on other threads and how they could be handled without seeming ridiculous.
1) The Songs--Odo, oh Odo, My Dear, Dear, Foolish Deluded Odo. You have Raged and Pontificated ad infinitum that the Songs should be preserved in ALL their Whimsical Glory
2) Talking Animals Serving Tea at Beorn's House--The Very Definition of Whimsy.
3) The "Cockney" Trolls--Whimsy
4) The Dwarves' colourful Beards--Whimsy
5) The entire introductory scenes at Bilbo's Hobbit Hole, meeting Gandalf and the Dwarves--Whimsy, Whimsy, and more Whimsy.
6) Carousing, Drunken, Snarky Oscar Wilde Elves "Bilbo the hobbit on a pony, my dear! Isn't it delicious!"--WHIMSY
7) The Riddle Game with Gollum--Whimsy
8) And So On...
Nearly The Entire Book right up through Bilbo's conversation with Smaug is Whimsical. The Tone doesn't really change until around the killing of Smaug and the Battle of 5 Armies--which I have repeatedly stated since before Ady even started this forum in the comment sections on his blog.
Odo, how YOU, of all people can deny the Whimsy of the Hobbit after arguing tirelessly against the Earnest, Dramatic LotRizing of the Hobbit's Whimsy is beyond me
. I suspect that perhaps you are up to your instigating tricks again
. Or maybe you just really misunderstood what Whimsy meant
Petty wasn't quite sure either, but at least he got the point after I listed some of the directors most well known for their whimsy. Indeed many people, some of them Highly Educated Scholars and Literary Critics don't understand the distinction between Whimsy and Nonsense either.
Even Tolkien was occasionally at odds with himself, particularly in his abandoned attempt to Silmarillionize the Hobbit. His regrets at "writing down" to children demonstrate that he didn't quite realize the Pure Magical Wonder and Delight that is to be found in Whimsy.
Main Entry: whim·sy
Variant(s): also whim·sey ?hwim-z?, ?wim-
Inflected Form(s): plural whimsies also whimseys
Etymology: irregular from whim-whamDate: 1605
1 : whim, caprice
2 : the quality or state of being whimsical or fanciful <the designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy>3 : a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art
Oxford Online Dictionary:
• noun (pl. whimsies or whimseys) 1 playfully quaint or fanciful behaviour or humour. 2 a fanciful or odd thing. 3 a whim.
— ORIGIN probably from archaic whim-wham ‘trinket, whim’.
PS: Absurdism in Art and Literature is distinct from Philosophical Absurdism, which is a form of Nihilism.