17 December 2012, Singapore – As a fan of Mr. Tolkien’s work, I will not be giving you much spoilers and if you are expecting a full review of the movie, you will not read it here.
Peter Jackson did capture the feeling of the book and transcended it onto a screen. But, there were some glaring differences from the book that mildly annoyed me. Let me share with you 5 things that was not in the book.
1) A feeble attempt to tie the LOTR films into its novel predecessor, Frodo makes a cameo at the beginning of the film, speaking to his uncle about an adventure he had long time ago. That wasn’t in the novel, they never had such that conversation.
2) In the book “The Hobbit,” a company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield sought help from Bilbo Baggins because they needed him to steal gold, treasure and other gems such as the Arkenstone from the dragon Smaug. In the film, they made the quest becomes more noble, a quest to reclaim Erebor as the home of the dwarves.
3) In the book, Thorin arrives at Bilbo’s hobbit hole with three other dwarves, but the movie made his prolonged entrance in Jackson’s adaptation last to reinforce his importance or rather his authority
4) In the book, Radagast the brown is only mentioned, and never actually appears.
5) Galadriel, the beautiful female elf does not appear in the book. Seems like Jackson needed a pretty female presence just to balance out a movie with 13 ugly (ok, that subjective) dwarves.