This is it. Our last time in Middle-earth (#OneLastTime). Clearly, The Hobbit and its two sequels did not have the emotional or cultural impact that The Lord of the Rings had. I was there at each midnight screening and have picked up the extended cuts for, now, all three films. I had watched the theatrical cut (Battle of the Five Armies) not too long ago. However, this time around, for my third screening of the film, it felt different. There was an emotional impact and now I felt a part of this world much like I had in the original trilogy and, for most part, the first Hobbit film. Why? It was seeing the Dwarves involved back into the story. Yes, there is more of the Dwarves in this extended cut and it brought the whole story home again.
Your own attachment or involvement with these characters is completely your own. I feel that all fans of the book(s) and film series should give this rated R cut of Peter Jackson’s final Middle-earth installment a chance. I cared more for these characters this time around. I loved seeing bigger and smaller moments unfold that didn’t appear in the theatrical cut. There were even a few items that nodded to things that happened in The Lord of the Rings. Overall, not a bad way to spend 164 minutes.
Below I have listed as many new scenes or moments that I could recognize as different. In time, as it was the with original LOTR films, I am sure that this will be the cut every fan prefers. As for the R rating, parents, relax. What a few more decapitated Orcs here and there?
- We see more wide shots of Laketown.
- Thorin throws Fili a ruby in Erebor.
- Bolg updates Azog on what happened with Smaug at Laketown. Azog then sends Bolg to Gundabad.
- Gandalf is beaten because he possess the Naray (i.e. the Ring of Fire or Red Ring) by an Orc Captain in Dol Guldur. That ring is only seen again at the end of The Return of the King.
- The Rings are also all listed in Dol Guldur.
- Radagast the Brown gives Gandlaf his staff and warns him that the top of the staff is a bit wobbly. This is the same staff Gandlaf carries in The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Outside of Erebor, the Dwarves and Elves start fighting before the Orcs arrive.
- The Dwarves have war machines that did not appear in the theatrical cut, but play heavily into the original 12 Dwarves battling the Orcs outside of Erebor.
- Bofur takes control of a Battle Troll and wrecks havoc during the battle, much like that of Legolas in The Return of the King with the Oliphaunt.
- Balin uses a Dwarf war machine to fend off Warg riders as Thorin and company head off to stop Azog.
- We see Alfrid Lickspittle meet his end.
- There is more of Legolas using the Bats of Dol Guldur to get around.
- The fight between Legolas and Bolg is even longer.
- We see Thorin’s funeral as well as all the other Dwarfs that fell.
- We also learn who is crowned the new King of Erebor, Dain.
- There are now 13 minutes of credits.
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