The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey – Lost in Adaptation

The Dom and Calluna discuss what went right and what and wrong with the first movie in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptation.

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Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.

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12 Comments on "The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey – Lost in Adaptation"

happymel
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Well, I at least saw the movie this time. I liked it. I remember the 3D being good. Haha. Lastly, congrats on the episode anniversary. ^.^

TragicGuineaPig
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Somewhat influenced by Scandinavian folk tales? You know that Tolkien is Scandinavian, right, and that he translated stories like Beowulf for fun, right? The “Eagle Plothole” from LOTR: I call bull on it. The whole point of the journey was SECRECY. If a flock of Eagles bearing what is essentially Sauron’s horcrux started flying straight for Mount Doom, they would have been greeted by an equally fearsome flock of flying lizards flown by Nazgul. They would have gotten as far as the Black Gate of Udun before being doused in 11 herbs and spices and devoured by hungry armies of… Read more »
MightyDavidson
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Also the Hobbit, the book version anyhow, establishes that the eagles won’t fly Bilbo and the dwarfs all the way to the Misty Mountain because they didn’t want to get to close to the farm communities near the lake village because the farmers there shoot at them with bows and arrows because the eagles steal their livestock.

Now if they’re scared of farmers with bows, how much more scared would those same eagles be of orcs with bows and siege weapons?

TragicGuineaPig
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True. But then again, they did show up at The Battle of Five Armies.

It’s also a good point to consider, though: the reason that the Eagles weren’t more useful to the party – either the 14 or the Fellowship – is because they are outsiders; their relationship with humans makes it extremely difficult for them to be of more service to the heroes.

MightyDavidson
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Also true. Of course in the case of the Battle of Five Armies, swooping down on enemies who are to distracted by their fighting to defend themselves from you is considerably safer then approaching an area with folks who are on the lookout for you.

Brad1ey Shaw
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Glad to see you’re done with the Potterverse, at least for now, and you’re examining something I’ve actually seen before. Nice work.

Grats on the anniversary.

mazoonon
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Seeing crossovers in Channel Awesome reviewer videos makes me think back to the days of “Kickassia” “Suburban Kinghts” “to blodly flee” and the first two very early crossover episodes starting with the first TGWTG one and the “nerd vs critic”.

Imagine if they did another one? It would be epic; although I feel i’m alone in this hope, that and I have no idea where to post it in forums, very confusing.

Anyway I’d move to see Dom and Calluna appear in future channel awesome movie.

Axtral
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I love Lost in Adaptation and am glad you are getting onto these, even if not The Lord of the Rings itself yet. Well done on reaching 50: here’s to (at least) another 50! 🙂 I could not get through this series of films myself: the first one was so bad and changed so much from the book that I never watched another, not even when they became free to watch on Netflix. However there is one part that needs slightly moving: Gandalf scratching the sign into Bilbo’s door is from the book, but the sign he scratched is a… Read more »
ran76
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waaiitttt… how the hell did she make the arrows do a 90 degree turn?

Brad1ey Shaw
Guest

The eagles swooped in, redirected the arrows and then disappeared before reaching their final destination. 😀

9ansean
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Its a bit embarrassing to admit, but to date I’ve never seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy! (Hi there Tamara) I’d long been more familiar with the basic story of The Hobbit, having played a goblin in a musical adaptation as a kid and seen the Rankin-Bass movie. So without knowing how LOTD followed that story I couldn’t understand why they didn’t just adapted The Hobbit first. I knew even than The Hobbit wasn’t quite as epic, so I figured why not just go in chronological order? Though given the turnout, I guess the lack of live action introduction… Read more »
Daniel Brizuela
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Having read the book long before the movies were made I can say that I approve of the changes and really loved these movies.

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