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And you know it's 'tacked on' - how?


Sep 28 2013, 8:18am

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And you know it's 'tacked on' - how? [In reply to] Can't Post

It seems a bit early to write the whole thing off, when none of us has any idea of what's really going to happen, or how it will play in to the whole story.

My betting is that they feel that having built up this whole picture of the history of Smaug and the dwarves - his taking of Erebor, their long exile and determination to be revenged - and having built up Thorin's character in particular, but also each member of his company as determined fighters - Peter Jackson and co. feel that they have to give the dwarves a chance to confront their enemy.

I know it doesn't happen in the book, but really, wouldn't it seem as if there were something missing if they all scuttle into the doorway and hide, having come so far? The dwarves in the book are a pretty feeble lot. Think how they let themselves be captured by the trolls, one after another. In the film they put up a fight, and no one seems to object to that as part of the film story, or feel it was 'tacked on'. Seems to me that resisting Smaug, however it happens, will be a logical continuation of that, and much more in keeping with the way the dwarf characters have been developed for the film.

So, for what it's worth - a halfpenny and a bent hairgrip, probably, but you did ask Wink - I'd say let go of the horrible feeling. Don't look for things to worry about in a film you haven't even seen. However it plays out, it'll be in a way you're not expecting and there's every chance that you might like it!

(And I still reckon that Smaug and Laketown has to be the climax to this DOS. It's far too big a scene to throw away at the beginning of the next film. But that's another story!)

Subject User Time
I have a bad feeling about something... Avnar Send a private message to Avnar Sep 28 2013, 6:08am
    Well...(lots of spoilery plot speculation) Silverlode Send a private message to Silverlode Sep 28 2013, 6:53am
    And you know it's 'tacked on' - how? dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Sep 28 2013, 8:18am
        The question I have Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Sep 28 2013, 12:55pm
            Well, I'm probably a hundred percent wrong, and then some.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Sep 28 2013, 1:13pm
                Bomby thinks this Thread is BEYOND... Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Sep 28 2013, 2:02pm
            This is my view as well Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Sep 28 2013, 10:46pm
    I for one welcome the change. Joe20 Send a private message to Joe20 Sep 28 2013, 8:28am
    Well don't just stand there -- try and brace it with something! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Sep 28 2013, 11:29am
    What you call filler Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Sep 28 2013, 12:34pm
    This Dwarf versus Dragon battle could be great or it could be awful, IMO. Noria Send a private message to Noria Sep 28 2013, 12:46pm
    I'm not convinced The Mitch King Send a private message to The Mitch King Sep 28 2013, 5:15pm
    It is hard to imagine Old Pilgrim Send a private message to Old Pilgrim Sep 29 2013, 9:38am
    Knew it... Avnar Send a private message to Avnar Oct 5 2013, 2:17am
        How do you figure? Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Oct 5 2013, 2:42am


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