This movie is the second of three parts in Peter Jackson's rendition of The Hobbit. The story begins as Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins, and the 13 dwarves approach the Lonely Mountain. I won't tell where the movie ends.
One of the most amazing things about the Hobbit series is the fact that Peter Jackson has elaborated on the story line in such a way that is consistent with the nature of the story and dovetails with the legend.
I read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Hobbit many times and loved the stories. When they came to the big screen, it marked my return to going out to theaters to watch movies altogether.
Every one of the movies by Peter Jackson so far have been excellent, never detracting from the original story but embellishing in a manner that is consistent and enhances the storyline without conflict bringing the contemporary wisdom of our times harmoniously into synch with the wisdom of Gandalf, Galadriel, and Elrond.
We all knew Legolas was of the elves of Mirkwood, but Peter Jackson has given him a role that could truly be appreciated by Tolkien in The Desolation of Smaug. Without changing the character, changing the storyline, or diminishing the story in any way, the presence of Legolas adds splendor and history to the legend.
Tauriel, the female heroin elf, did not exist in the original book but she brings to life a progressive characterization that ties our times to the story of the Ring That Binds Them All. Her heroics and her persona are convergent with the tales of Middle Earth as a lowly elven woman who embodies the Warrior Princess.
Many of us felt the void at the lack of presence of Radagast the Brown in the original books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. After all, he is one of only five Wizards. I have even created my own conceptions regarding the importance of Radagast the Brown.
Peter Jackson has artfully, without disturbing the original content of the legend, awakened Radagast the Brown and brought him to life.
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