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Black Breathalizer
Rohan


Jan 9 2013, 4:06am


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"All Good Stories Deserve A Little Embellishment"

As Gandalf the Grey told Bilbo, “All good stories deserve a little embellishment. And in the case of Peter Jackson's retelling of Tolkien’s children’s tale, The Hobbit, there are a number of examples of the film version enhancing the original story. Here are mine:

The Theme of Destiny. The film significantly enhances the concept of destiny that Tolkien later expanded upon in LOTR in Gandalf’s classic line, "Bilbo was meant to find the ring."

Bilbo's Decision. The film gave Bilbo more ownership in his ultimate decision to leave Bag End and join the dwarves on their adventure.

The Dignity of Thorin Oakenshield
. The film's portrayal of the dwarf leader is more well-rounded than the book and gives Thorin a greater sense of honor and dignity than readers got in the early chapters of the Hobbit. Not only did the film make Thorin a stronger character, the film's portrayal will enhance the emotion of the story’s ending.

The Appearance of the Dwarves at Bag End. I thought it was a major enhancement to Thorin’s character to have him appear AFTER the dwarves have had their fun and games. Thorin’s appearance immediately changed the tone and set the stage for ‘dark business.’

The Finding of the Ring
. By showing the audience how Gollum lost it, the film made Bilbo’s finding of the ring more meaningful for a film audience. It also enhanced the concept that the ring "abandoned" Gollum.

Bilbo's Brass Buttons. Although the scene was different from the book, the symbolism of Bilbo losing his brass buttons was enhanced by having it linked to his putting on the ring for the first time.

The Theme of Home. The film significantly expanded on the theme of home. Bilbo's explanation to Thorin and the Company as to why he returned is one of the film's more emotionally powerful scenes.

The Theme of Revenge. Not only does the introduction of Azog into the story give Thorin an antagonist and give the journey a sense of urgency, it enhances the story’s revenge theme.

The Start of the Riddle Game
. I thought it was incredibly clever to have Bilbo suggest a riddle game “just between us” with the good side of the crazy creature Gollum in an effort to keep his nasty side at bay.

What are yours?

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