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Old January 16 2013, 11:17 PM   #490
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Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Grading & Discussion (Spoilers

I think the Necromancer/Galadriel stuff is needed in order to give the story some depth. That's what keeps it from just being "following a little band of Dwarves around."

After all, the book has Gandalf appearing and disappearing apparently for no reason, until at the end he reveals, "Sorry I couldn't be there when you needed me, guys, but my friends and I had to get rid of the Necromancer." To which the natural reaction is, "You got rid of who?" And the story is substantially lighter.
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