Re: THE HOBBIT (2012/2013): News, Rumors, Pics Till Release
Covering a number of issues:
There are 13 dwarves! They have got to be differentiated as characters for the audience to care about them possibly dying. That's going to take some screen time. Bilbo's fears have to be shown (not stated) for the story to work, his going from his comfortable little life to dangerous adventures--how comfortable and why he would go.
I can see that some time would be taken in the family trees. Not necessarily a lot of time, but something showing how hobbits became, well, complacent. Which would go towards why Bilbo's actions were SO unusual for a hobbit. Heck, there could be a bit of Smeagol's people having to leave where they were due to men "invading," leading through the family trees and finally to Bilbo.
The Hobbit is light on exposition but a lot happens in it (purposely ambiguous):
A long list that doesn't include anything extra about Dol Guldur.
Set Harth wrote:
Possibly dying... LOL.
I always forget these films are aimed at non-readers.
Been a while since you read it?
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