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Feb 14, 1:49pm

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Thorin in the book had none of the animosity toward Elrond (or even Elves in general) that movie Thorin displayed. Thorin was your basic proud old man/dwarf fallen on harder times than he’d like to admit. He took offense to Thranduil’s questioning (and compounded that with innate dwarves greed). Movie Thorin hated Elves to the point of unreasoning racism.

Just one more reason my joy at the start of AUJ with the “Good Morning” scene quickly turned to dismay and revulsion as the movies progressed.

In the book, Thorin did display a bit of a typical dwarven attitude towards Elves ("Dwarves don't get on well with them. Even decent dwarves like Thorin and his friends think them foolish"), but it was far from a deep-rooted animosity. Even Thorin's attitude towards the Elvenking owed more to natural secretiveness, stubbornness and anger over being restrained and interrogated than any racial prejudice, though Tolkien does touch upon hostilities based on his legend of King Thingol and the Necklace of the Dwarves. As we know, the White Gems of Lasgalen and the fate of Thranduil's queen were inventions of the films, though based in part on the earlier legend.


(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Feb 14, 1:50pm)

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