The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King, which expand on the story told in The Hobbit, as well as new material and characters written especially for the films. The films are subtitled An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

The Unexpected Journey was a delight of a film to watch. The casting of Martin Freeman as Bilbo was spot on. His actions and mannerisms did nothing but flatter the film. Indeed, when one looks at the way the film introduces the concept of leaving home and the ensuing problems, Bilbo’s character seems to grow at every turn. Never seeming out of place and never seeming too beyond belief. As Bilbo grows so does the world of the lord of the rings. We are exposed to new characters and earlier versions of older ones. We also see a prehistory that fits well with what would later become the lord of the rings.

In the desolation of smaug, we are exposed to the ways of dwarves, elves and men. We meet the people of laketown and learn how their fortunes dwindled with the appearance of smaug. We also learn of the duplicity of dwarves and of the ways of dragons. I wish we had seen more of the dragon.

In the battle of the five armies, the tour de force continues with a war between elves, men, dwarves and orcs. If the banter doesn’t get you then the blows will. This one was good from beginning to end. The fights which swayed back and forth and though ending sadly ended well. During the end, we learned how deeply the journey affected Bilbo and what it had done to him. He had grown and he was now a veteran of war. The lord of the rings were always a war story but the hobbit was a personal one.

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