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The Prologue Problem

Gothmog The Mighty
The Shire

May 5 2008, 12:52pm

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The Prologue Problem [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I thought it better to do that than start a new one on the same topic.

Personally, I have always leaned towards the idea of starting the film with a prologue. As someone else said, it may not fit in with the literary version of the Hobbit, but it would have great resonance and create thematically a link with the LOTR trilogy.

However, as with the Fellowship prologue, I can understand how problematic it would be. What would the prologue cover? History of the ring? Already did that in Fellowship. Therefore as mentioned above, the prologue would have to be more specific to the Hobbit, either to the races or to the events about to unfold.

A little racial background, particularly on the Erebor dwarves is probably a good idea, but tonally and content wise, how will this be handled? Will it show the dwarves at their hint and then there fall to the attack of the dragon (who doesn't actually get revealed, just hinted at during the attack)?

Or will it cover the events of Gandalf receiving the key and the map whilst in the dungeon of Dol Guldur?

Or will it cover that fateful meeting in Bree between Thorin and Gandalf where Gandalf makes himself known to Thorin, passed on the map and key and formulates a plan to retake the mountain and get rid of the dragon, who was a threat before, now even moreso on revealing that Sauron was rising again and could use him to devastating effect?

Or all of the above? The problem with these story arcs being covered in the prologue is that they are all rather dark and therefore tonally might be problematic at the start of a movie such as the Hobbit, where the initial tone should be far removed from being dark.

If it is going to happen, it is going to take some figuring out....

Subject User Time
What about a Prologue? Lausus Send a private message to Lausus Dec 21 2007, 4:43pm
    A prologue would be good... Patty Send a private message to Patty Dec 21 2007, 5:07pm
    "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Dec 21 2007, 7:04pm
        I see, but Lausus Send a private message to Lausus Dec 21 2007, 7:12pm
            But is that a good thing? // Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Dec 21 2007, 7:14pm
                Redbook of Westmarch RoseMorninStar Send a private message to RoseMorninStar Dec 22 2007, 7:10am
    Welcome to the boards, Lausus! Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Dec 22 2007, 7:21am
        Dwarven History Flashbacks Mortimus Send a private message to Mortimus Dec 29 2007, 5:02am
            The Prologue Problem Gothmog The Mighty Send a private message to Gothmog The Mighty May 5 2008, 12:52pm


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