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Despite the triptych being based on Tolkien's modest 300-page children's book, one of the common complaints of The Hobbit movies is that they're almost as truncated as the Lord of the Rings series.

In fact, much has been made of Jackson's decision to split the diminutive Hobbit into three films. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had some unnecessary padding which served no purpose other than to give Elijah Wood some screen time, and those of you who have already been lucky enough to catch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will know that they managed to flesh the plot out with a (perhaps pretty unnecessary) love story.

Well, Jackson fans of the franchise will know that originally Jackson had planned to make two movies instead of three and here he reveals exactly how that would have played out:

So, the divide was gonig to occur "where Bard appears on the river bank as a silhouetted figure with a bow. So the whole barrel sequence was going to be the climax." Huh...

Hopefully, those who have already seen The Desolation of Smaug should now be convinced that 's decision to split the diminutive Hobbit into three movies was a necessary step. Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now in theaters.


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