The Hobbit… As A Trilogy?

*UPDATE* Peter Jackson just confirmed on Facebook that there will be three Hobbit movies. Well…let’s just hope this works out well. Read the note on Facebook here.

Yikes.

I think it’s fairly clear that I love Tolkien and Lord of the Rings, both books and movies. I’m super excited about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out in December and that There and Back again will be coming out in December 2013. Or at least I was.

If you’ve been paying attention to the rumors/news about The Hobbit, you’ll have heard about Peter Jackson’s desire to film a third movie. And if you haven’t, here’s the video:

Soooo. A third Hobbit movie. What’s the point?

Sure, Jackson has proven that he knows and loves Middle Earth. His choices in the movies weren’t always the best (like Faramir taking Frodo and the Ring to Osgiliath or Frodo telling Sam to leave and Sam ACTUALLY LEAVING HIM when they were climbing the stairs into Mordor. That part still gripes me) but the end result was a beautiful film trilogy that stayed true to the books.

I’m not worried that the two Hobbit movies will be anything less than spectacular because of this. But how in the world will he stretch out a short book, that is decidedly more juvenile than the Lord of the Rings, into three good movies?

We all know Jackson is adding in material from the White Council (hence the appearance of Galadriel in the trailer). He also has the rights to other material in the appendices from the Lord of the Rings. So it seems that Jackson has two options to make three films. He could either shorten 1 and 2 to make a 3rd. Or he can pad out (a lot) all three movies, primarily through the battle scenes. (Ideas here taken from this great OneRing article.)

If this is what Jackson is planning on doing than I think it’s a horrible idea. It seems unnecessary and greedy to stretch out such a short and simple book into what would become an overblown trilogy. The Hobbit (book) just does not have the heft and depth to fill out three movies.

But that OneRing.net article mentioned above also suggested a third option: that The Hobbit will stay as two movies and that a third yet separate movie will be made as a sort of bridge movie. This is an idea I could get behind. Theoretically, this bridge movie would have a lot of the background and history that’s given in the appendices and provide a connective link between the story of The Hobbit and the events in The Lord of the Rings. This technically wouldn’t be a third Hobbit movie but a separate thing entirely.

Honestly though, two Hobbit movies is enough in my opinion. How many people actually read the appendices…and enjoy them? I’m not saying some people don’t; I, for one, am a huge history and genealogy fan, both real and imagined. But not even I would think that the appendices would fill out an interesting and (key word here) coherent movie.

Again from theonering.net, this interesting collection of tweets about the possible Hobbit trilogy.

Other opinions?

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3 thoughts on “The Hobbit… As A Trilogy?

  1. Briana says:

    I was hoping that only two would really be The Hobbit, and the third would be extra. I could get behind this idea because I love Tolkien’s work, but then I think we don’t need to call the third movie The Hobbit. I’ll just wait and see what happens, I suppose. I mean, I’m going to watch all of them no matter what they do with them!

    Agreed about Jackson. I think he stayed very close to the books except by grossly misinterpreting Faramir. The point is that Faramir is supposed to be not like Boromir! Also, Jackon came scarily close to adding Sauron in the scene at the Black Gate, in a “beautiful form,” which is physically impossible for him after his previous defeat. That would have highly annoyed me!

    I think the story of Aragorn and Arwen is in the appendices. Not related to The Hobbit at all, but it could be fun!

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    • Mary says:

      Haha, agreed! I’ll be going to the midnight showings of all of them I’m sure!

      From what I’ve been reading in articles and interviews, it sounds like these movies are going to be less “The Hobbit” than they are going to be “Lord of the Rings:The Prequel”. Jackson has this idea that Tolkien wanted to change and adjust The Hobbit to fit it more into the mythology of LotR. Not an entirely correct opinion, unfortunately. I think Jackson and his team feel that this is their last chance to really delve into Tolkien’s material and since they have the rights to use all the appendices stuff, I guess they want to add as much as they can.

      Aragorn and Arwen’s love story is in the appendices; I’ll be interested to see what they do with that, if anything. Will they make an appearance? I haven’t heard anything about Liv Tyler or Viggo Mortenson joining the cast but I can’t imagine any other actors playing them!

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  2. […] in a cave, you’ve heard that Peter Jackson is turning The Hobbit into a movie trilogy (still on the fence about that decision). And just a few days ago, the second official trailer was […]

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