Apr 10 2013, 1:57pm
1. Can anyone explain just how the front gate of Erebor got sealed (as per Balin’s comment in Bag End) after Smaug blasted his way through it? Is it sealed just metaphorically (i.e., due to Smaug’s presence), sort of like balrogs having wings? Or has Smaug sealed himself inside? Or…?
That same question just occurred to me last night! At the end of the movie, as the thrush returns past the front gate, it just looks kind of dark and burned—there is no obvious sealing. But my hunch is that Smaug blocked it up himself, because in the book he thinks to himself that he ought to have blocked up the little opening that leads to the secret door.
2. You’re puttering around the house with the movie playing. What one scene always brings you running back to the TV to watch? And which scene still always makes you smile?
I can’t putter while it’s playing—I have to be watching!—with the exception of two scenes: Azog at Weathertop and the White Council meeting. There aren’t any dwarves to watch.
3. Am I the only one who missed a lot of the background dialogue that’s so delightfully revealed by the subtitles?
I keep meaning to watch it with subtitles but haven't yet. They would be very helpful to solve a conflict in our house over the moon runes scene. Mr. Riven Delve insists that after Elrond says, "So this is your purpose, to enter the mountain?", Thorin replies, "[Phrase that can also be expressed by a vulgar gesture], Elf!" but all I can hear is "What of it?" No doubt the subtitles will clear this up.
4. The angle of the point of Bilbo’s ears is somewhat back of vertical, which is accentuated when he looks up. In an animal with pricky-up pointy ears (e.g., horses, some dogs, for starters), this angle suggests a general feeling of mild annoyance or bebotherment, or hesitancy, or similar. Not curiosity, eagerness, or enthusiasm. I’m not sure this angle was intentional, but I think it’s perfectly suited to his character. (Look at his ears when he’s sitting in the chair in Bag End talking to Gandalf, recovering with his tea, for a good example.)
Nice observation! How about the angle of this shot, the morning after the party as he looks down at the contract, then looks up again, considering… What do you think?
7. Orcrist really *does* sing in battle (as Thorin hollers “Hold your ground!” just before Rivendell). I’d thought it was a continuity error, with Thorin drawing the sword even though we’d just seen him holding it – but it’s not. He’s clearly not drawing it, he’s just raising it. And Orcrist is “singing” away. Cool beans. (I’m not the first one to notice this, but I wasn’t sure I believed it at first!)
I love that too! I think Orcrist is thrilled to be out of the troll hoard and back in action again. (I'd recommend a refresher course in sensing orcs/goblins, though! That's a whole 'nother topic...)
8. I love the warmer, more personable Elrond we have in AUJ, compared to Elrond in LOTR. This Elrond is "as kind as summer", just like in the book.
Agreed. And he is unfailiingly gracious to Thorin, considering how rude Thorin is being... But I really hope in the EE and in TABA we see more interaction between Elrond and Bilbo. We really need to see their relationship develop to explain why Bilbo loves Rivendell so much.
10. I think Fili also has a magic ring of invisibility. He slipped it on just before they Company is brought before the Goblin King. Has anyone spotted him there? I tried hard today and couldn’t.
And here he is! (You know, that blondish bit behind Bombur?) Yep, that’s pretty much all we can see of Fili in the Great Goblin huddle—when we see him at all.
You just keep on with the thinking, Ro. I really enjoy your observations, so thanks for posting!
"I left the night, with its remote and singing stars, and came in, to the glow of the fire, and the chair where he had been sitting, and the unstrung harp." --The Last Enchantment
(This post was edited by Riven Delve on Apr 10 2013, 2:06pm)