Three Things I Want To See In The Hobbit Trilogy

With the first in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movie trilogy being released towards the end of this year, excitement is mounting. Considering The Hobbit is a relatively short book, (especially when compared to The Lord of the Rings massive tomes) it seems likely that these films will not just tell Bilbo’s story, but will also delve into the wider world of Middle Earth not featured in the previous movies. The following are the three main things I would like to see in The Hobbit saga. This list only deals with things that were either briefly mentioned in the book, or not at all.

The White Council
While the past relationship between Gandalf and Saruman was hinted at during The Lord of the Rings, it was never spoken about in much detail. The Hobbit movies are a great chance to tell the tale of the White Council, the legendary council of wizards and elves consisting of Gandalf the Grey, Saruman the White, Radagast the Brown, Galadriel of Lothlorien, Elrond of Rivendell and some others that no-one seems to remember the names of. Remember how Gandalf kept running off during The Hobbit when it seems like Bilbo and the dwarves needed him the most? He was actually off with the White Council fighting the Necromancer (one of the incarnations of Sauron). Gandalf only mentioned this in passing during the book, so it would be amazing to see the full fight now. Not only would this reveal more about Gandalf’s history, it could also show the fall of Saruman into evil. Christopher Lee’s looking amazing for 90 (yes, 90!) and you can never get enough Ian McKellen.

Tom Bombadil
If there’s one thing the fans have been crying out to see, it’s Tom Bombadil. Planned to be in the movie, he appeared at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, rescuing Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin after they were captured by the evil Barrow-Wights on their journey to Bree. While at first it seemed like Tom was the sort of eccentric neighbour you would tell your kids to stay away from, he soon revealed himself to be one of the most powerful beings in Middle Earth. He’s a sort of nature-spirit married to Goldberry, the ‘daughter of the river’ and one of the most eccentric, loveable and mysterious characters in the trilogy. In fact, even before The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien wrote a children’s poem about him entitled ‘The Adventures of Tom Bombadil’. Although he didn’t appear in The Hobbit, he would be a welcome addition to the movies, seeing as he was excluded from the previous ones. With seemingly unstoppable magical powers, it seemed a bit selfish that he didn’t take the One Ring to Mordor instead of Frodo. But he remains a firm fan favourite and brings an air of whimsy and mystery to an otherwise fairly dark universe.

The Return of Sauron
Many years after Sauron was defeated by Isildur at the War of the Last Alliance, and the One Ring cut from his hand, he came back as the Necromancer. While Bilbo and the dwarves finished their journey to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their stolen treasure from the great dragon Smaug, Gandalf was off fighting the Necromancer in Mirkwood with the rest of the White Council (as I mentioned earlier). Sauron is defeated again. And yet, by Fellowship of the Ring, he’s turned into a giant tower with a flaming eyeball at the top and has thousands of Orcs at his command. How exactly did this happen? How did Sauron go from being dead to this? I would love to see this explained and shown in the Hobbit movies. It would satisfyingly tie together the two trilogies, which it seems is Peter Jackson’s intention.

Obviously there’s a ton of other things I’m looking forward to seeing as well: the dwarves’ meeting in Bag End, Bilbo’s encounter with Gollum, the Battle of Five Armies, Steven Fry as the Master of Lake Town and endless ‘Bombur’s so fat’ jokes. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait to see if The Hobbit will recapture the magic of the LOTR films. I cannot wait.

The first of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is released on December 14th.

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