The Hobbit: Movies Are Better Than The Book
Over time, it has become more and more desirable for movie makers to create movies from globally popular novels. JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit is no exception. In 2012, the world had the opportunity to watch the story of Bilbo Baggins unfold on the big screen with the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. In 2013, the story continued with the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Since the release of these two additions to the Lord Of The Rings, there have been skepticism on whether or not the movies do the book justice. With the addition of Elves, Wizards and Orcs into the story, the experience for both fans and curious viewers has been enriched. This essay will cover why the movies not only do the book justice but also enrich the Hobbit experience. Firstly, a group of characters that have been added into The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that were not portrayed in the book are the Elves. Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett, appears in scenes taking place in Rivendell. She is already present when Thorin and Company arrive, having been summoned from he home in Lothlorien by Saruman. Galadriel does not appear in novel. Although Tolkien never explicitly mentions in other other works that Galadriel ever journeyed to Rivendell, it is not reasonable to assume that she occasionally did so. Galadriel’s presence in Rivendell adds depth to the events related to Bilbo’s adventure because of her support of Gandalf's investigation of the Necromancer. Another Eleven addition is Legolas of the Woodland Realm. Orlando Bloom returns to play Legolas, an Elf who was a member of the Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. As the son of Thranduil, ruler of the Woodland Realm, Legolas appears among the Wood-elves who imprison Thorin & Company. Legolas is more likely to be found patrolling the forest alongside the Sylvan Elves of the Woodland Guard than in the Court of the King. He is fiercely loyal to his father and his people; however, events in the outside world have begun to encroach upon the insular world of the Wood Elves. A growing sense of foreboding forces Legolas to choose between the will of his father and his own conscience. Legolas does not appear in The Hobbit; however, in The Lord of the Rings, he is identified as the son of Thranduil, who in The Hobbit appears as the Elvenking. Although the age of Legolas is never clearly specified, The Lord of the Rings drops hints that he may be several thousand years old and thus would have been alive during the events of The Hobbit. Since Thorin & Company encountered the entire army of the Wood-elves, it is reasonable to assume that Legolas would have been among them. Legolas is also a great lead in into The Lord Of The Rings. Another Elven addition is the Sylvan elf Tauriel. Evangeline Lilly portrays the Woodland Elf Tauriel, whose name means “daughter of Mirkwood.” As a charge of King Thranduil and commander of the Woodland Realm protection troops, Tauriel is very opinionated and passionate about representing what she thinks is right. She proves herself as a warrior with the use of her two daggers and bows and arrows. Like Legolas, Tauriel turns to be extremely quick and agile in battle. She has lived for hundreds of years in Middle-earth, but is still one of the youngest of the Elves and has rarely ventured out of the great forest. No such character appears in any of Tolkien’s works. Hobbit screenwriter Philippa Boyens explained that she and the other writers felt that “the story was weighed down by males” and that they “created her to bring that female energy.” Other great character additions into The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug are the Wizards. Radagast the Brown, played by Sylvester McCoy, appears throughout the films as one of Gandalf’s fellow wizards. Radagast first appears prior to Thorin & Company's encounter with the trolls. Radagast's hair is stained with bird droppings...
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