Are The Hobbit Movies Just An Adaptation Of Bilbo’s Book?

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After presumably sharing an enchanted fate cookie with George Lucas, Peter Jackson suddenly crapped all over his beloved Lord Of The Rings series by directing a second trilogy based on The Hobbit . He took a quaint, comparatively paltry children’s book and crammed it full of so many CGI ogres and awkward romantic subplots that it bloated into three butt-numbing movies.

Worst of all, while the Lord Of The Rings movies painstakingly blended practical and digital influences to manner a living, exhaling version of Middle-earth, these new movies did nothing but toss their casting in front of a green screen and throw the resulting print down into the Uncanny Valley. It wasn’t a victimless misdemeanour — poor Ian McKellen was reduced to tears. Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with digital impacts, but there was definitely something wrong with these digital consequences. Take Azog the roided-out albino orc …

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… or the leader of the goblins, the Great and Powerful Testicle-Chin …

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… or the scene wherein Smaug the dragon gets caught in liquid amber, which seems so CGI it’s a ponder Randy Newman doesn’t start singing about friendship in the middle of it.

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Even the movie’s people were somehow wholly unconvincing. Take the scene in which Legolas treats the laws of physics the same lane Kiefer Sutherland treats the laws of not punching people in the face.

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But according to one theory, there may be an in-universe reason for all this. Remember, we’re not actually realizing an adaptation of the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The first film, An Unexpected Journey , begins with Bilbo writing his memoirs …

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New Line Cinema ” … in a Shire far, far away.”

Meaning that the three movies we’re about to watch could in fact has become a representation of Bilbo’s story from his own perspective, and not the objective POV of the original novel. So the events we find onscreen are being filtered through the brain of a senior citizen trying to recall his youth and, well, maybe embellishing a bit to keep the children reading.

Like, maybe there was no giant white orc at all, but Bilbo knew the pacing of the real story was off a little and are determined to spice things up. Hell, for all we are aware, Bilbo’s literary agent continued persuading him to punch up specific actions so it could compete with Hobbit John Grisham.

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Of course, while this theory helps wrap our heads around some of the more baffling options in the Hobbit trilogy, it also complicates other parts of the dealership. Remember that Return Of The King ends with the reveal that Frodo was writing a book about his adventures — kind of like the end of Stand By Me , but without adding that Merry and Pippin died in ‘Nam.

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So if the Hobbit movies were Bilbo’s book, does that mean that the Lord Of The Rings movies were all writes to Frodo? If so, why did he go into such detail about stuff he wasn’t around for? Wouldn’t Aragorn be a little weirded out? It’s like if you found out a former co-worker wrote a memoir, and for some reason it included imaginary adoration scenes starring you .

If the filmmakers didn’t want us to draw these conclusions, why prominently feature scenes in which the specific characteristics are authoring the books? It’s not as if every movie based on a volume does this. We don’t determine an older John McClane sitting in front of a word processor typing: “It wasn’t just hard to die … It was hard … to live … “

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