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duats
Grey Havens

Jul 31 2012, 4:23am


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I even hesitate to call it "this Hobbit" at this point

This is becoming more and more like a collection of tales with the Quest for Erebor thrown in. Especially now that we have people actively advocating for the inclusions of Arwen and Aragorn's relationship, the Witchking's war in the north, Aragorn's hunt for Gollum (nevermind the continuity error), the Battle of Azanulbizar, and all of these other events that have absolutely nothing to do with Bilbo's story. Heck, I've even seen people suggest throwing in Tom Bombadil "just cuz."

I'm sorry, but this isn't what I wanted. Up until now, I was led to believe that this was going to be The Hobbit with Gandalf's subplot fleshed out - and that this was easily doable in two 2.5-3 hour movies. Okay. Fine. It's not ideal, but how much time could it possibly take away from Bilbo's adventure? It took me months, but I finally got to a point of cautious acceptance.

But then they decide at the very last minute (literally, days after they ended principal photography) that they have even more they want to add in? It truly puts me at a loss for words.

I love Tolkien's mythology as a collective whole, but I love the individual chapters as well. For a movie touted to be an adaptation of The Hobbit, that's what I want. An adaptation of THIS story, and THIS story alone. I do not want to see material from the appendices shoe-horned in at the expense of this story. As a fan of The Hobbit, it truly drives me crazy. These attempts to work in various tie-ins to LoTR are both superfluous and unnecessary. Because no matter how many battles they throw in, no matter how many flashbacks they incorporate, no matter how many subplots they expand upon - there is no connection PJ can come up with that will match the effective simplicity of that one climactic scene deep below the Misty Mountains.


(This post was edited by duats on Jul 31 2012, 4:32am)


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Post edited by duats (Grey Havens) on Jul 31 2012, 4:26am
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