The Hobbit: Comparing The Book And Movie

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The movie trilogy of The Hobbit grossed almost three billion dollars, while the novel sold about 100 million copies (Mendelson and Walker). The sheer amount spent to watch The Hobbit shows how loved this book is by society. J.R.R Tolkien wrote the novel, The Hobbit, while Peter Jackson directed the second movie of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug. The Hobbit, is about a non-adventurous hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, going on an adventure with thirteen dwarves and Gandalf in search for treasure stolen by Smaug the dragon. To sum up the section of the film “Barrels Out of Bond,” it is the fight between the good and the evil when the orcs go against the party and the elves during the engagement as the party tries to escape. In both the novel…show more content…
Overall, The Hobbit film of “Barrels Out of Bond,” was more effective than the novel because of the battle down the river, and Tauriel, a “She-Elf,” appearing in an all-male story. In the “Barrels Out of Bond” scene, the movie was more effective in portraying the character of the dwarves. In the novel the party went down the river without danger, whereas the movie portrayed a gruesome battle portraying a warrior-like side of the dwarves. For example, “Bilbo saw that the time had come to explain his idea...for they [the dwarves] did not like it a bit, of their danger. ‘We shall be bruised and battered to pieces and drowned too, for certain”’ (Tolkien 179). This portrays how whiny the dwarves are even before they started their escape. Although Bilbo finally found a way out of the Elven kingdom and the cells by…show more content…
For instance, in the novel, it stated, “It looked as if he would certainly lose his friends this time (nearly all of them had already disappeared through the dark trap-doors)” (Tolkien 183). This shows how throughout the “Barrels Out of Bond” scene, the main characters that appear are only the dwarves and Bilbo, who are all male. The author intended to present a story with all male characters because adding female characters would be unnecessary to the story. For instance, Bilbo is the main character of the story, and throughout the plot, it provided the description of Bilbo’s character, in which we can infer that Bilbo is really disconnected with the outside world and lives alone without any accompaniment. Therefore, Tolkien wouldn’t add any women characters because it wouldn’t portray Bilbo’s character. But without any female characters, the story doesn’t attract a greater audience than if The Hobbit did include a female. Therefore, in the movie, Tauriel appeared and helped the dwarves as they kill the orcs, where Jackson deliberately had Kili get shot with a poisoned arrow to confirm the feelings and relationship Kili and Tauriel had (Jackson). When Tauriel appeared, there was an atmosphere that presented a relationship between Kili and Tauriel, and the reason why Peter Jackson added this romance was to make the

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