5 Details that could've changed The Hobbit saga.
Probably by now you have read The Hobbit book, or at least watched the movies (If you haven't done any of that please go to your nearest bookstore, get the book and start reading) so if you did you probably know that New Line Cinema made a great work on those films....or not?
The question here really is, who did it wrong and in what level? Was it the director? The producers? Or the scriptwritters, which in this movie's case is pretty much the same except but a few differences.
So, before everybody starts to point out OBVIOUS facts like Bilbo is not responsible for saving the Dwarves from the Trolls, Tauriel and Legolas not being introduced in the book an Azog the Defiler being dead cold, I'm not ignoring these facts, it's just that somehow this changes made the movies a bit more friendly to that portion of the audience not so versed in the Tolkien Universe, and thus making the movie friendlier to more people.
I, as a lot of people out there consider myself a J.R.R. Tolkien freak (I mean, fan) and I was really dissapointed to see the final results of such an expected journey.
So let's get started with the 5 details that would've changed The Hobbit saga.
5. Talking beasts.
We've established that this is a fantasy movie, so there is no reason to leave nothing back, even if it sounds as crazy as a pack of warg wolves singing in the moonlight at a bunch of Dwarves, a Hobbit and a Wizard clinging for dear life to the top of a tree.
In the Hobbit book, Bilbo and company are clinging to the top of the trees while the Goblins and Wargs are setting fire to the trees, to either force them down or roast them alive. Either way that is a tough choice, hence the chapter's name:
"Out of the frying pan, and into the fire"
But hey, wargs are not the only creatures in Middle Earth that understand and use the Commonspeech, or a language of their own.
- For example:
In the book they are rescued by Ghawihir, the Lord of the Great Eagles, and he and his Eagles can talk the commonspeech with Gandalf and the others, as well in the second film "The Desolation of Smaug" Thorin's company finds their way into trouble inside the dark forest of Mirkwood and they find spiders, in the book Bilbo can listen and understand the spiders even without the ring.
4. Gandalf's story to Beorn
We jump to the second movie, when Gandalf and company approach to Beorn's house, Gandalf makes a plan to get Beorn's attention, because the giant-bear-man is a bit hasty and he doesn't like visits, Gandalf plans to start his story bit by bit, and interrupting himself with dwarves coming from the door every other moment, thus gaining Beorn's attention and help.
In the book you can read this as a really clever plan on Gandalf's behalf, he ultimately succeedes and gains Beorn's favor.
In the film, we get this scene in a more simple way, with the dawrves interrupting Gandalf but not with half the humor you get in the book, instead of that, PJ gave us that scene from the third film when Alfrid adjusts his fake big boobs in front of Bard and plans to escape loades with gold, literally inside his undergarments.
Come on, J.R.R. Tolkien's works are not characteristic for comedy per se, and that was a pretty bad move P.J.
3. Gandalf's Capture
No we get, in my humble opinion to the worst...
Anyone reading the books or watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy has Gandalf in a place of honor.
Not only he is the Guardian of Middle Earth, not only he is one of the Wisest characters in the books by the Third Age of Middle Earth, but he is one of the most skilled in battle heroes of the saga, so why? Why do we have to endure the fact of Gandalf beign captured in Dol' Guldur fortress?
One thing the movie pulled off neatly was that scene when Sauron takes a flaming shape and then turns into the Eye, but was that really necessary?
In the book we get so little to know about Gandalf's journey to Dol' Guldur, he himself refuses to share any more details about it, by other ways we learn that the White Council (Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond and Galadriel) drove Sauron out of his fortress, but we didn't need to see our beloved wizard in chains inside a cage, nearly dead to fill a gap in the story, a gap wich is properly filled later on.
(Also, all these holding hands with Galadriel, and the quick lover looks they cross from the first film are not cool at all)
2. Bard killing Smaug.
Don't get me wrong! Bard slaying the Greatest of the Calamities, Smaug the Terrible as is suposed to happen in the book is one of the greatest moments in the entire saga, if it weren't for... Bard uses a Yew bow, with a Black Arrow, but wait Bard uses a black arrow in the film right?
Well it turns out that in the book that black arrow had nothing special to it, it wasn't designed to kill dragons more than it was made to kill Balrogs.
So, what if, instead of Bard Macgyvering a broken ballista and using his OWN son as the aiming point...we had Bard an ordinary man, with no special powers or out of the ordinary abilities, slaying the Great Dragon Smaug just by sheer will and bowman's skill?
I think that would've made Bard even more a hero than using that overzised black arrow.
And the winner is...
1. The battle of Five armies had actually four and a half armies.
This is one of those really obvious things they got wrong, to my opinion the worst, I mean...even if you are so far away from the book that you might as well include Muggles in it...
You take your crown jewel, the culmination of your work in Middle Earth and you go for a glorious name [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](tag:512312).
But guess what? You only got budget for 4 and a half of them...
In the book we have the five Armies:
Elves from Mirkwood (commanded by King Thranduil)
Dwarves from Thorin's company and the Iron Hills (commanded by Dain II Ironfoot, Thorin's cousin)
Men from Laketown (commanded by Bard, the Bowman)
Goblins and wargs from Moria and other darker places (commanded by Bolg, Azog's son)
Eagles from the Misty Mountains (commanded by Gwaihir)
Yet, in the movie you only get to see 4 and a half armies, I mean do the wargs went out on strike? Where were the wargs?
We'll just pretend to see those gigantic wolves running along the battlefield because that's the only way, unless P.J. has another secret extended-extended edition under his sleeve...
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