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"All Good Stories Deserve A Little Embellishment"

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Jan 9 2013, 4:06am


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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?

(This post was edited by Black Breathalizer on Jan 9 2013, 4:07am)

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"All Good Stories Deserve A Little Embellishment" Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jan 9 2013, 4:06am
    Brilliant post Ave Moria Send a private message to Ave Moria Jan 9 2013, 5:47am
        What about the trolls? Fredeghar Wayfarer Send a private message to Fredeghar Wayfarer Jan 9 2013, 8:33am
            That's a good point about the Trolls... Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Jan 9 2013, 10:41am
                Backstory in a film arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Jan 9 2013, 1:26pm
        What you say about Azog is a really good point BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Jan 9 2013, 10:43am
        This is my main problem with the film... jtarkey Send a private message to jtarkey Jan 9 2013, 11:22am
            Slow moving? pulpfiction16 Send a private message to pulpfiction16 Jan 9 2013, 12:58pm
            Which characters? arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Jan 9 2013, 1:31pm
        When we see the Ring fall Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 9 2013, 3:57pm
        Also excellent points Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 10 2013, 12:23am
            If they had kept it to two films imin Send a private message to imin Jan 10 2013, 12:56am
                Padding Ave Moria Send a private message to Ave Moria Jan 10 2013, 1:24am
                    200 pages? imin Send a private message to imin Jan 10 2013, 1:40am
                        I don't want to bicker Ave Moria Send a private message to Ave Moria Jan 10 2013, 2:03am
                            lots of that is not related to the hobbit imin Send a private message to imin Jan 10 2013, 2:17am
                Time to flesh out Tolkien's themes Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jan 10 2013, 6:22pm
                    I think those scenes could have survived in a two film series imin Send a private message to imin Jan 10 2013, 10:25pm
    Neat thoughts! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Jan 9 2013, 9:59am
    Are you the Tolkien Professor?? nobofthepony Send a private message to nobofthepony Jan 9 2013, 2:06pm
    The Arkenstone Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jan 9 2013, 2:22pm
        All excellent observations Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Jan 9 2013, 4:02pm
    Book themes lost in the film adaptation burrahobbit Send a private message to burrahobbit Jan 9 2013, 3:16pm
        Enchantment Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jan 9 2013, 6:36pm
    Agreed on all points Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 9 2013, 4:57pm
    Great post. Thanks. // Compa_Mighty Send a private message to Compa_Mighty Jan 9 2013, 6:38pm
    Great points focusing on the positive percy Send a private message to percy Jan 10 2013, 12:12am
        This is Ave Moria Send a private message to Ave Moria Jan 10 2013, 1:31am
        Most EXCELLENT post!!!!!! // Tintallë Send a private message to Tintallë Jan 10 2013, 5:06am
    Gollum suggests riddles first in movie and book Nira Send a private message to Nira Jan 10 2013, 1:17am
    Good post imin Send a private message to imin Jan 10 2013, 1:55am
        Wouldn't Azog have been in it with two movies, anyway? Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Jan 10 2013, 3:31am
            Yeah he most likely would have been in it anyway imin Send a private message to imin Jan 10 2013, 3:34am
    A beautiful positioning Michelle Johnston Jan 11 2013, 2:37am
        Radagast represents Tolkien's conservation theme. Black Breathalizer Send a private message to Black Breathalizer Jan 11 2013, 3:48pm
    Wonderful post willowing Send a private message to willowing Jan 11 2013, 11:19pm
        And to Gandalf's "He's here." Yva Send a private message to Yva Jan 11 2013, 11:36pm
    Sound effects willowing Send a private message to willowing Jan 14 2013, 8:03am
    **I've Gathered Geeky List Info from this post :) THANKS ALL! // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Jan 18 2013, 1:27pm

 
 
 

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