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The Hobbit Movie Plot


Dec 21 2007, 9:16pm

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The Hobbit Movie Plot Can't Post

Below is my combination of the Hobbit plot, with what we know of the White Council and Dol Guldur side story. The paragraphs denote specific scenes that probably take about 6-12 minutes each. I just think it would be fun to start discussing how the movie might actually look now that we know it is happening and that Jackson has an interest in the White Council stuff with Gandalf. My apologies in advance for the tongue in cheek tone, it developed as I was writing and I figured, what the hell. Wink

Hobbit plot broken down into the major events/scenes:

Gandalf shows up at Jackson’s backyard, er… Bilbo’s house. He tells Bilbo to host a planning party for Thorin's band of Dwarves going on some sort of road trip. The Dwarves arrive in their groups until all thirteen are present and Thorin’s ambition is revealed. He wants to journey to the Lonely Mountain and reclaim his ancestral treasure from the Dragon Smaug. Gandalf, fond of manipulating little people that no one will miss, ropes Bilbo into being the burglary expert for the expedition.

The expedition travels across New Zealand… uh…heh heh… the wilds of Middle Earth, and encounter the three trolls.

The next stop on their journey is Rivendell. Elrond grabs every opportunity to roll his r’s even though Mordor has little relevance to the movie’s plot. The Dwarves tire of Weaving and make excuses to get back on the road.

Once they reach the Misty Mountains, they are captured inside the tunnels by Goblins. Gandalf grows weary of humoring the Goblin King and decides its time to free everyone.

During the confusion, Bilbo gets separated and stumbles down some dark tunnels. In a cavern by an underground lake, he finds a ring. Andy Serkis shows up dressed in a white suit with motion detectors and the riddle competition begins. Gollum loses and tries to kill Bilbo, but the Hobbit uses the ring to turn invisible and gets the hell out of the cavern. Bilbo rejoins the Dwarves and Gandalf and they are rescued from the Wargs and Goblins by the ever handy Giant Eagle Airways.

They crash overnight at Beorn’s place (and all the animals serving food get cut from the film). After recovering, they leave Beorn’s house and get started into Mirkwood.

Gandalf departs on a private errand. The expedition walks straight into the web of the Giant Spiders, getting captured. Bilbo saves the Dwarves using his newly discovered plot device, er… power of invisibility… thanks to the ring.

Continuing on, the Dwarves are captured again, this time by the Wood-elves and brought before King Thranduil and his son Legolas (who says nothing due to the phenomenal fees Orlando Bloom is now commanding even for cameos – fan girls don’t care because the lighting is just right). Thorin pleas for reason while Legolas looks on sexily beyond the camera. Thranduil believes they are just encouraging his son, so throws the Dwarves in the dungeon. Bilbo has to use his ring to save the day once again.

Gandalf arrives at the White Council (in Orthanc?) and we learn that the White Council has feared the Necromancer of Dol Guldur might be Sauron. Gandalf recaps his experience at Dol Guldur to Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond and others. It’s flashback time… Gandalf tells of how he went to Dol Guldur (2063), and Sauron (being Jackson’s version he is made of ethereal smoke) fled to the east. The Dwarven exile Thráin II, King of Durin's folk (last ring bearer of the Dwarves) was captured in 2845 and imprisoned in Dol Guldur's dungeons. Five years later Gandalf again entered Dol Guldur, finding the dying Thráin (but not realizing who he was). Thrain gives Gandalf the map and key intended for Thorin Oakenshield. Most likely, during this time Gandalf was able to confirm that the Necromancer occupying Dol Guldur was indeed Sauron (thanks to that great big eye of his).

Everyone in the White Council is reasonably interested, except one Celeborn who yawns and is shot a disparaging glare by Gandalf that frightens the bejeezus out of him. Gandalf explains his plan to keep Smaug from aiding Sauron by using Bilbo and Thorin’s expedition as a distraction. Galadriel complains that using little people as cannon fodder highlights the mean-streak inherent within all Maiar, and Saruman slaps her for saying that aloud in front of the uninformed. Agitated by Galadriel’s hypocritical attitude, Saruman finally agrees to an attack. Gandalf smokes his pipe with contentment.

Arriving at Lake Town the Dwarves meet a promising new actor playing the role of Bard. The locals are keen on the Dwarves coming to fulfill the prophecy of killing the pesky dragon, so everyone celebrates by drinking themselves under the table.

The expedition sets out to the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo discovers a secret door and scouts ahead finding that it leads into the dragon's lair. Bilbo steals a great cup and in the process notices the weakness in Smaug's scaly armor.

The enraged dragon, deducing that Lake-town aided the intruder, sets out to destroy the town. A noble thrush (that’s right, a bird) who overheard Bilbo's report of Smaug's vulnerability reports it to Bard the Bowman. Bard draws his bow and arrow and fires, slaying the Dragon and delivering the memorable one-liner “A little bird told me… Yipi ki yay!”

The dwarves assume control of the mountain fortress and covet their treasure horde greedily. Bilbo finds the prized Arkenstone gem and hides it.

King Thranduil’s wood elf army and Bard’s Lake-men besiege the Mountain feeling they deserve compensation for their aid, reparations for Lake-town's destruction, and settlement of old claims on the treasure. Thorin tells them to get lost and to stop picking on dwarves all the time like its some trendy thing to do. After a brief swim in a sea of gold coins in Smaug’s old chamber, Thorin summons his kin from the north. The dwarf allies will arrive in a few days/weeks to reinforce his position.

Meanwhile, Gandalf and either a handpicked team like the Fellowship, possibly including Elrond himself, head to Dol Guldur with a small force and infiltrate the mountain (or fortress). Perhaps they encounter Sauron’s Nazgul lieutenant Khamul (not refered to by that name in this movie due to Silmarillion legalities) and maybe even the Mouth of Sauron (in place of Sauron himself). A delicious battle ensues and now that he has been exposed, Sauron’s operation is bankrupt and he retreats to Mordor. Gandalf and the others nod in congratulation at one another and flee Dol Guldur having achieved their aim.

Bilbo attempts to convince Thorin to avoid starting a war by teasing him unsuccessfully with the Akenstone. Thorin banishes Bilbo, and sharpens his battleaxe as his reinforcements arrive. Gandalf shows up and crashes the party by claiming an army of goblins and Wargs are hot on their heels. Realizing that cooperation is better than teasing dwarves, the men, and elves band together with Thorin and the Battle of Five Armies begins. Once again, Giant Eagle Airways swoops in to show that dragons are overrated, and Beorn shows up too, proving to the filmmakers that he wasn’t just in the book to provide the Dwarves and Bilbo a decent dinner.

Thorin is mortally-wounded in slow motion, but before he dies, he realizes that Bilbo is a little person too, and Dwarves and Hobbits need to stick together. He gives Bilbo a friendship band that he picked up for a couple of gold coins in Rivendell and passes away. The dwarves fidget uncomfortably while the treasure is divided fairly between New Line, MGM, and Jackson… er… wait… the Wood Elves, the Lake folk and Bilbo. The Hobbit returns home with his treasure, and a magic ring. Tongue

Lily Fairbairn

Dec 21 2007, 10:12pm

Post #2 of 5 (342 views)
Well done! [In reply to] Can't Post

Even if it's nothing like what we finally get on the screen, your movie plot is highly entertaining. Thank you for taking the time to write it out and post it here.

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Dec 21 2007, 10:25pm

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Where did the council of white wizards meet? [In reply to] Can't Post

We know the White Council sometimes met in Rivendell, but it seems unlikely that Gandalf would cross the mountains back to that valley, then cross again to return the edge of Mirkwood. Orthanc seems out of the way. But Lothlórien is right across the river from Dol Guldur.

Good show! I miss one of my favorite scenes, the conversation with Smaug, but had fun reading the rest.

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Dec 21 2007, 11:56pm

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Filming The Hobbit in 2.5 hours will be hard enough [In reply to] Can't Post

without adding material that wasn't in the original. I think it is more likely that we would see such material in the sequel. But thanks for the thoughts. It is fun to speculate.

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Dec 22 2007, 5:20am

Post #5 of 5 (372 views)
Exposing a naked (lidless) Eye? [In reply to] Can't Post

Now that would be fun: an all-out between Gladdy and Saruman! The subsequent humiliation of defeat by a female Elf would be enough to make that White Wizard take up smoking, whereupon we see the first occurrance of Longbottom Leaf at Isengard.

Good speculation! The ending is unfortunately all too true, as the three entities divvy up the profits...

I notice you left out the musical interlude at Bag End, and the lilting greeting at Rivendell. Come to think of it, why not make the entire movie into a musical! What other scenes could be worked into songs?

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