Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Grading & Discussion (Spoilers
Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote:
According to the Fellowship commentary track by Jackson and the writers, the time gap you refer to was eliminated.
Also, I just rewatched the Colbert Report episode with Andy Serkis from Hobbit week, and I noticed that Serkis says there is 60 years' difference between LOTR Gollum and The Hobbit
Just walk away, and there will be an end to the horror.