We are quickly approaching on the release of the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit! We're already getting nostalgic.
For many of us, [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) will be the end of an era and an overall sad time for fans of the series. While we can always go back and rewatch the movies, it's not quite the same as the first time. Considering the attention to detail that Jackson took in adapting, and then expanding upon, the books, it's no secret that these bad boys are long.
Clocking in at over six hours for just the first two films, these movies are a serious time investment. But what if you want to relive the glory of Bilbo's fantastical journey without putting in a quarter of your day on a binge?
Editor Joel Walden has the perfect solution for those who just need a quick fix. He has edited a trailer that outlines what Warner Bros. The Hobbit could have looked like if it had been made into a single film. I'm not going to lie, it looks pretty sweet.
Like many good stories, it begins at the end. It opens with the scene of Frodo meeting Bilbo in Rivendell from Fellowship of the Ring.
Hey, that old Hobbit looks pretty familiar.
Then BOOM! Flashback to the beginning of Bilbo's adventures.
Oh, to be young again.
We meet the Dwarves.
All thirteen of them. And then off they go! Then audiences would see them...
Why so scared, Bilbo?
Journeying to the Lonely Mountain
It looks so calm from afar.
Dammit, Smaug! Look at the mess you've made.
Taking in the beautiful sites along the way
I would never leave.
Meeting new friends...
Here's looking at you, Tauriel.
Okay, lots of foe
Don't be fooled, Bilbo. That's no ordinary jewelry.
And of course, fighting in epic battle scenes...
Bonus features would include an in-depth analysis of each actor's intense, Middle Earth-style facial hair.
I don't know about you, but I wish I could own this condensed, un-expanded version of The Hobbit to have just as a backup. Only for when I'm in a rush and can't get sit through all three of the films and because it's almost impossible to just watch one once they're all released!
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies will hit theaters on Dec 17, 2014.