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RADAGAST'S BUNNY SLED

Here's a little drawing in much more simple style than usual.

I decided to do that after seeing some reactions about Radagast as he's represented in the movie, especially towards his rabbit-sled.

I personnaly liked Radagast in the movie and found the sled funny but I accept that other don't like it.

But there're two arguments Ive found rather funny against the movie representation.

First, Radagast's protrayal is said to be unfaithful. One problem: we really don't know that much about Radagast from Tolkien's work (from what I know anyway, if there's more about him in the Letters or any other work, please let me know). We know two of his names (Radagast the Brown and Aiwendil), that he's a maiar of Yavanna and has been imposed as a companion to Saruman. We also know he's a skinchanger living in Rhosgobel, who's in good terms with Beorn and referred by Gandalf as his "cousin" in The Hobbit and really loves animals. The closest thing we have to a psychological portrayal is provided by Saruman, who clearly despises him (and manipulates him into attracting Gandalf to Orthanc in the book) and so isn't reliable. Still more than the Blue Wizards, but this lack of information precisely gives quite a lot of freedom concerning the temper and characteristics of the Brown Wizard (I personnally imagined him as a Middle-Earth version of Saint-Francis).

Second, the rabbit-sled is too cartoonish and unrealistic and, worst of all, not in the book. Because Beorn's dogs serving dinner while walking on their hind legs are perfectly realistic... but they are in the book (I really wonder what they will do about it in the following movie, that would be fun if they keep it, if only to see the reaction Bilbo and the dwarves would have). In short, in my opinion the Rhosgobel rabbits pulling a sled are not that different from those dogs, so I don't see why some consider them to be so terrible.

Finally, if any of you feel targeted, then I'm sorry because it wasn't my intention, I just consider some arguments used against these additions rather weird, that's all.

Disclaimer: Radagast and any LOTR and Hobbit's characters belong to Tolkien and Peter Jackson, I just draw them for free and for fun.
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souzou-en-ciel Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
very cute drawing ! and I like the point that you are making . I never thought about this because the rabbits never bothered me , but it's an interesting parallel :)
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zoccu Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm not bothered by the rabbits either, quite the contrary actually, but among the critics I've heard about the movie the "silliness"of the rabbits appeared often, despite the fact that many equally if not more "silly" things are in the book like the dogs-waiters or the talking-troll-purse ^^.
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souzou-en-ciel Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
yes , that's true . some people would always complain .... and others would always glorify the original on all costs .

Radagast's characters was really not defined by Tolkien which gave Peter Jackson the opportunity to use some more creative freedom there . The rabbits were cool idea - for sure it's much more memorable and distinctive way of travelling rather than just riding a horse :) 
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HakuryuVision Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, it's not just those dogs that were already really silly to begin with; most of the animal could even TALK in the book if i remember correctly. XD (even the spiders were cursing at Bilbo!)

The hobbit was much more silly, colorful, and whimsy than it's sequel, and it was one of Tolkien's earlier works, so no wonder there's going to be some clashing styles. : P
Sure, the movie was flawed, but so far i liked it better than the books which is kind of rare for a movie based on a book.

And i agree, Radagast and his rabbits were actually great (and a creative addition). Sylvester McCoy as Radagast has become ony of my favorite LotR characters, only second to Gandalf (the grey).
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zoccu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True about the animals ^^, I really can't imagine the eagles talk in the movie for example, but I've heard the spiders will still be talking in (probably an effect similar to the Ring's "voice").

Nice to see I'm not the only one who preferred the movie, usually I like equally adaptation and source material equally (Lotr) and it's rare for me to like one better than the other. I guess I prefer the movie version for the Hobbit because, well, I didn't like the book (which doesn't mean it's a bad book, far from it), except for some parts (Smaug and Gollum mainly) probably because I was around sixteen or seventeen when I read it and expected it to be like Lotr and the Silmarillion (at the time I didn't know Tolkien wrote it for his children). Concerning the clashing style, I've read that even Tolkien was slightly bothered by it after writing Lotr and tried to make a new version of the Hobbit with a more similar tone, but didn't go through since he followed a friend's advice. Said friend basically told him that it was good but not the Hobbit anymore (I personally would have really liked to see this closer-to-Lotr-version, which in a way happened with the movie ^^).

And Radagast definitely was a great addition, the bird crap was probably not necessary but you get used to see it quickly. And it's nice to see a wizard with a different behaviour; Gandalf and Saruman are great, especially the first, but I don't want to see another version of them.

Thank you very much for this thoughtful comment :).
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who-the-moon-is Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...sorry, the way you drew "WHEEEE!" the bunny sled going over a hill just made any objections I had to it go out the window. We can pretend Peter Jackson read Watership Down right before filming or something and realized that rabbits are actually really cool. :D Love your reasons and portrayal of fan reactions though.
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zoccu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, too late to correct "weeee !" I guess...

Good to see you like it, and rabbits are indeed very cool and fast little buggers (and since I used to have rabbits as pets (normal-sized ones) I'm saying it from experience, it always took a long time just to catch any of them to put them back into their cage).

I had never heard of Watership Down before you mentionned it, so I checked on google and it does seem interesting.
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
J'ai trouvé que le coup du traineau avec les lièvres était un des meilleurs passages du film ^^" mais je ne suis pas une fan et je n'ai pas lu les livres alors je ne sais pas si mon opinion compte ^^"
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zoccu Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pareil, j'avais éclaté de rire à ce moment-là (je crois bien que j'étais la seule dans la salle). Et bien sûr que ton opinion compte, c'est même plus intéressant selon moi de voir ce qu'ont pensé ceux qui n'ont pas lu les livres, ça permet justement de juger de la qualité d'une adaptation.
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oui ça n'apporte pas la m^me information ^^ enfin moi je l'ai beaucoup aimé à la première vision, à la deuxioème je l'ai trouvé plutot long :/ mais ça m'empêchera pas d'aller voir le 2 ^^
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zoccu Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A la première vision je l'avais trouvé trop court (il faut dire que si on a lu le roman la forme du rocher à la fin annonce un des personnages qui va suivre et que j'avais vraiment envie de le voir). Vivement le deuxième film ^^ !
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oui ! j'ai quand même bien envie de le voir (je pourrais sûrement pas le voir en VO ça me rend triste... pour la voix du dragon :P)
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zoccu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, la VO et la France... je préfèrerais aussi le voir en VO mais au moins la VF du Seigneur des Anneaux et du Hobbit est selon moi une des rares bonnes VF de ces dernières années, donc la voix de Smaug devrait être au moins correcte. Et je te comprends pour le dragon depuis que j'ai vu Sherlock (le Hobbit et ta BD sur Watson m'ont enfin décidé) ;).
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Pikku-Piru Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
En fait dans ma ville il y a un ciné qui passe tous les films en VO... mais du coup je vais me retrouver à aller le voir toute seule lol parce que personne dans mes amis ne parle sufisamment anglais pour apprécier :/

AAAAAh ! Alors tu as aimé Sherlock ? ^^ Et merci pour la BD ^^ j'espère la finir un jour, c'est une request qui date de ... 2 ans ><"
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zoccu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Même situation, excepté qu'il n'y a pas de cinéma qui passe tous les films en VO là où je vis (par-contre il y en avait un là où j'étudiais :), j'ai donc pu voir le Hobbit en VO, mais seule :/).

Et oui j'ai vu Sherlock et j'ai aimé (par-contre je ne pouvais pas m'empêcher de penser à Watson comme Bilbo ^^). Et je vois très bien l'acteur qui joue Sherlock en Smaug et en Nécromancien (Smaug est apparu dans la bande-annonce d'ailleurs et je le trouve très réussi), c'est vrai que la voix conviendra très bien.

Pour la BD, prend tout ton temps, je n'ai vraiment pas de leçons à donner sur ce point vu tous les projets que j'ai laissé à l'état de brouillon, cela dit j'aimerais bien la voir terminée ^^.
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