The Problematic Climax of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’ | A Tolkienist's Perspective
In the book, the Orc legions are commanded by Azog's son Bolg, who since everyone involved in that battle has some connection to the Spirit. Books: Azog died in the Battle of Azanulbizar. Azog's son, Bolg, does appear in The Hobbit to get revenge, but appears only at the Battle of Five Armies at the. Travel · Style · Health · Money · Food · Home · Garden · Relationships · Parenting · Games · Horoscopes Gregor Clegane and Bolg on life in Game Of Thrones and The Hobbit by the trainer but the whole big man with a sword was a problem. Originally I was cast as Azog, an amalgamation of two book.
The threat posed to the Elves, Dwarves and Men by another looming army is a fantastic way in raising the stakes for our characters even higher. Yet, no sooner has the Gundabad army arrived on the field of battle than it is instantly overcome. What would have been the point of showing us the march of this army, its constant threat, and then take all that away in the blink of an eye?
Perhaps Jackson wanted to avoid a second, renewed attack by another army — thereby reducing the length of the battle; but this has resulted in an abrupt and unbalanced conclusion to the conflict.
Bringing the two orc contingents together and attacking at once would have avoided such a jarring narrative resolution.
Admittedly, in The Return of the King and two instances in The Hobbit book versionsthe Eagles play an important part.
In my opinion, the worst aspect of this moment was in not giving the Eagles any sort of challenge as they swoop over the orcs; which raises a further question: Tolkien may not have delved enough into characters or events, but he thought things through as to causes and effects.
Why Peter Jackson seems to have missed this point is beyond me. Perhaps the Extended Edition will give us our first glimpse to the Eagles finding themselves hard pressed by equally formidable flying creatures — rather than doing what they do best and just trample all over the bad guys. Storytelling is all about obstacles and challenges; raising the stakes and creating tension throughout.
Resolution ultimately arrives, but is often delayed at first. There is a fine balance to the story arc that needs to be respected in order to sustain a film. An audience needs to sympathise with the characters on screen; and whilst Eagles are not strictly speaking characters, the sight of one of these majestic birds falling to the ground would be a heart-wrenching moment for many — something we never see occurring during the Battle.
This almost deus ex machina moment feels overused and, in this case, unnecessary. He dispenses of his enemies with ruthless efficiency — preferring to go instantly for the kill rather than gloat over his helpless prey. It is made obvious that Jackson is leading up to a death-defying combat that will result in ice breaking and a potential fall into the freezing waters. That extra minute or two could easily have shifted back to showing us the development of the main battle.
Why so little screen time for Beorn? How does the battle proceed? The impact and fate of the battle — which, until a few moments ago, hung in the balance — is disposed of. There was no actual resolution to the battle itself, except that we are meant to come to the conclusion that the Eagles not even Beorn have saved the day. This, unfortunately, has not been the case. Why introduce the Legolas vs Bolg feud, which distracted so much from the rest of the battle? I have nothing against the inclusion of Legolas in The Hobbit.
My ideal preference would have been to see him as a background character in the form of a brief cameo in The Desolation of Smaug; and perhaps some quick shots of him in this final film. I believe that the less screen time he would have had, his presence in this trilogy would have been much more significant. Admittedly, some of these moments are superb and exciting; others are distracting and jarring. At the same time, the introduction of Legolas could have added so much more to the character of Thranduil and his odd desire to reclaim the white gems; but again, this falls short of its mark.
Why was no attention given to Fili after the battle? Since An Unexpected Journey I always complained at the lack of dwarf characterisation — most of all that of Fili. What happened to the other plot elements: For the film itself to work, it was necessary to provide a resolution to these issues, since they have been the primary motivations of our characters and the drive of the story.
Failing to do so, the film leaves one big question mark. Presenting the Necromancer as a new threat gives the story more urgency. Gandalf's mission for the past two thousand years has been to look for signs of Sauron's reappearance. Eliminating Gandalf's history of his investigations in the Necromancer diminishes his character.
Sebastian the Hedgehog Radagast tending to Sebastian the hedgehog. Radagast cares for an ill hedgehog home he calls "Sebastian". There is no such creature in the book. This dramatizes Radagast's concern for animals and is the initial incident leading to his discovery of the darkness emanating from Dol Guldur.
Tolkien later expressed regret giving the trolls such contempoary names as Bert, Bill and Tom. Radagast's Necromancer Encounter Slender Man.
Radagast's investingation into the darkness overtaking Mirkwood leads him to Dol Guldor, where the brown wizard encounters the Necromancer, whom The Hollywood Reporter says looks not unlike the video sensation Slender Man. Radagast is chased away by orcs and wargs. In The Lord of the Rings, the identity of the Necromancer is revealed to be Sauron, who, according to Tolkien's descriptions and illustrations, took the from of a giant man with burnt, black skin.
Inventing new scenes with Radagast requires the screenwriters to invent dialog and action that does not appear in Tolkien's works. Azog the Defiler Films: During a rest stop, Balin tells Bilbo about how Thorin and his fellow dwarves attempted to reclaim Moria after Smaug had driven them from Erebor.
Azog wants his revenge and so he appears as a dominent and recurring adversary later in the film. His pursuit of Thorin and company leads to the film's action-heavy climax. Azog died in the Battle of Azanulbizar. Azog's son, Bolg, does appear in The Hobbit to get revenge, but appears only at the Battle of Five Armies at the story's conclusion.
It also transforms a children's story into an unnecessarily violent action film. Finbul Toy figure of Finbul the warg rider. He commands a horde of warg riders who trace their victims in the saddle of their gigantic wolf beasts.
The Problematic Climax of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’
These are unnecessary details that Tolkien did not create. Dwarven Weaponry Hobbit set photo of the dwarves brandishing their various and sundry weaponry. Different weapons help distinguish the dwarves from one another and serve as props to dramatize their reactions. These new details are an unnecessary departure from Tolkien. When Thorin and Company arrive in Rivendell, they are encircled by elves on horseback who are returning after slaying most of the orc party that has been pursuing Thorin.
As they enter the valley of Rivendell, Thorin and Company are welcomed by laughing and singing elves. This is a more dramatic entrance to Rivendell and illustrates the mutual distrust between dwarves and elves. When sitting down to a meal of healthy greens in Rivendell, one of the dwarves says, disgustedly, "Do you have any chips?
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There is no such line in the books. This line adds welcome humor to the scene in which Elrond is examining the swords retrieved from the trolls. It's a distractingly cringy line that pulls us out of the story. Galadriel at Rivendell Galadriel and Gandalf in Rivendell.
Galadriel, once again played by Cate Blanchett, appears in scenes taking place at Rivendell. Galadriel does not appear in The Hobbit. Such scenes require the screenplay writers to invent details and dialogue that Tolkien himself did not write. Saruman at Rivendell Saruman in Rivendell. Saruman, once again played by Christopher Lee, appears in scenes taking place at Rivendell. Saruman does not appear in The Hobbit. Although Tolkien never explicitly mentions in other other works that Saruman ever journeyed to Rivendell, it is not reasonable to assume that she occasionally did so as a member of the White Council see below.
Saruman believes that Gandalf's concerns are unfounded. The Lord of the Rings appendices do describe The White Council meeting several times, and although Tolkien did not specify that they met to deliberate during the events of The Hobbit, they did gather during that time to launch an assault on Dol Guldur. Members of the White Council included Elrond, Galadriel, Gandalf, Saruman and Cirdan the Shipwright; however, Tolkien suggests that there were additional members as well.
Scenes involving The White Council would require the screenplay writers to invent details and dialogue that Tolkien himself did not write.
Gandalf later follows them and arrives when they are captured by the Goblin King. The entire Company was reluctant to leave Rivendell even after staying there for fourteen days, and they rode off amid songs of farewell and good speed.
Gandalf departed with them, but he disappears shortly after the Company is captured by the goblins, only to reappear when they are brought before the Goblin King.
This change emphasizes Thorin's distrust of elves, which is an important aspect of the film version of his character. The night departure without Gandalf is a better explanation of his disappearance than in the original story.
Bilbo would not agree to leave without at least informing Gandalf. Teleporting Galadriel Galadriel and Gandalf moments before she disappears.The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Galadriel clasps Gandalf's hand as the two talk on a ledge outside the White Council chamber. As Galdariel withdraws her hand, Gandalf looks up and finds that Galadriel has suddenly disappeared. Neither Galadriel nor any other elf is described as having the ability to disappear.
This adds to Galadriel's magical nature. This is an unnecessary departure from Tolkien's story. Stone-giant Close Encounter Hobbit trailer scene of the stone-giants. The ledge turns out to be a another stonge-giant. Goblin Chute Trap Film: The Company takes refuge in a cave to escape the wind and rain.
Bilbo feels he is not valued by the dwarves and decides to head back to Rivendell. However, before he leaves, a crack in the floor opens, and the entire Company slides hundreds of feet down a rocky chute into a waiting basket below, where they are captured by goblins. The Company enter the cave to take shelter from the wind and rain. While the Company is sleeping, Bilbo sees a crack opening in the wall and wakes up the Company.
However, before they can react, goblins emerge from the crack and seize everyone, except for Gandalf, who remains on the other side when the crack closes again. This is a more cinematic capture scene. Grinnah Grinnah, the goblin interogator. Grinnah is the interrogation specialist of the goblins.
Although cunning and vicious, he is like all goblins basically a coward. Fawning and obsequious, he serves his master, but secretly he despises him. There is no character named Grinnah. This is simply a personification of one of the nameless goblins described in the story. One of the scaffolds the Company attempts to cross falls hundreds of feet down a chasm, but the Company is unhurt when it lands.
The passages describing their escape has no such details. Cinematic pacing requires that there be an extended action sequence such as this by this point in the film.
These scenes are too reminscent of The Fellowship of the Ring's action scenes set in Moria, although the action is more like that of a videogame, with many enemies being easily killed but none of the protagonists being harmed, even after falling hundreds of feet onto rock. As the captured Dwarves are brought before the Great Goblin, Gandalf slays him with a swift stroke from Glamdring.
As the Great Goblin falls down dead, the goblin soldiers flee. The encounter with the Great Goblin lasts only a couple of pages mostly dialog in the book, and stretching it out into an extensive action sequence makes for a more enjoyable film. Adding more action to the escape from Goblin Town will require the screenwriters to invent dialog and events not created by Tolkien. Bilbo and a purusing goblin tumble down a chasm in an underground chamber of Goblin town. Gollum discovers the injured goblin, and as he tries to drag the goblin off eat it, Bilbo observes Gollum drop the Ring onto the ground.
When Gollum isn't looking, Bilbo takes the Ring. Bilbo feels something grab him from behind before he falls into the darkness and hits his head.