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Feb 8 2013, 7:12am

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I would not want this changed. I could do without Frodo, but I really liked that Old Bilbo narrated the Prologue.There are a few reasons for this. One is that in Tolkien's world, it is he who wrote this story down for posterity. Having him start by narrating the introduction reflects that, and I appreciated that from my very first viewing.

A second one is something that came to me the second time I saw the movie. Bilbo's account is sympathetic towards, and shows an understanding of the Dwarves' plight, and the movie goes on to show how this develops (and I expect the sequels will continue this.) When he is talking about them, or Thorin specifically, he is talking about his old friends. I was really struck by this and it increased my appreciation for the prologue. Having either Gandalf or Thorin recount this later would change that, for me.

Finally, I liked Thorin in the film, a lot. More or less from the start. I liked that I did, and this is a way in which the movie was different for me than the book. And I suspect the positioning of the prologue helped with that.

I can see how saving the prologue for Thorin or Gandalf, in the Bag End party scene, might allow a non-book-reading viewer with no idea what the film is about, to enjoy a surprise. But for me as a book fan, the introduction of the movie did a great job building up my anticipation for what I knew was coming (an invasion of Dwarves, to Bilbo's surprise and consternation).

This! Especially the 2nd and 3rd point! :)

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what if the prologue sequence was narrated by Thorin during the unexpected party instead of by Bilbo at the beggining? LordElrond Send a private message to LordElrond Feb 8 2013, 4:39am
    I thought Gandalf could do it Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Feb 8 2013, 5:09am
    Loved it as it was arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 8 2013, 5:23am
        I agree with you both... Gelir Send a private message to Gelir Feb 8 2013, 5:45am
        This Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 8 2013, 7:12am
    Interesting take Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 8 2013, 7:09am
        "Ah Erebor" adnan Send a private message to adnan Feb 8 2013, 2:27pm
            It's precisely because of that Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 8 2013, 4:45pm
            But He Has IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 8 2013, 5:09pm
                Also arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 8 2013, 6:26pm
    I prefer the prologue as the prologue Rolfina Send a private message to Rolfina Feb 8 2013, 11:56am
    It cannot be Thorin Clifton8 Send a private message to Clifton8 Feb 8 2013, 1:09pm
        I agree, Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 8 2013, 1:28pm
    It's Bilbo's story, Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 8 2013, 1:36pm
    I think it would have been much better jtarkey Send a private message to jtarkey Feb 8 2013, 6:37pm
    it would have been better aarondirebear Send a private message to aarondirebear Feb 12 2013, 7:31pm


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