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it would have been better


Feb 12 2013, 7:31pm

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Even though I loved Ian Holm's voice over for the prolougue I still wish that the movie had opened with young Bilbo at Bag End. Just a little narration from Ian Holm where he introduces Bilbo Baggins starting with "in a hole in the ground.." and then talking about how he was about to go on an adventure would've been the good way to do it. Having no prologue at the start would make everything else that comes later more "unexpected" such as the dwarves showing up at Bag End. Since we were already shown a history of dwarves and know the main story will be involving them it took away the surprise. I remember the first time reading The Hobbit and the dwarves showing up seperately was very unexpected for me and it would've worked well in the film. If the movie had started with a clueless Bilbo I think the audience (especially non book readers) would feel more connected with him and the Dale/Erebor sequence would've been more powerful had it been told by Thorin at the party since it would be the first introduction of Middle Earth outside The Shire on such a large scale. Does anyone else wish it had been done this way?


It would have been better. Especially if they had done the entire dwarf song, unabridged, complete with instruments before the big explanation.

"Others are inclined to say that any two stories that are built round the same folk-lore motive, or are made up of a generally similar combination of such motives, are "the same stories." Statements of that kind are not true, they are not true in art or literature. It is precisely the colouring, the atmosphere, the unclassifiable individual details of a story, and above all the general purport that informs with life the undissected bones of the plot, that really count." J.R.R. Tolkien

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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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