The Hobbit Journey

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Barrel Riders, Orc Fighters "Slay them all!" (Jackson). The orcs are ready to kill the dwarves, but their plan takes a detour and wood elves come, shooting arrows everywhere. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who goes on an adventure with 13 greedy, old dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf, to help them reclaim the Lonely Mountain. The Lonely Mountain is filled with treasure and it used to be owned by the dwarves, but it became in possession of Smaug, a dragon who took it from them long ago. Now Thorin the leader of the dwarves, is willing to go on a long, troublesome journey through forests and mountains to regain the wealth of the Lonely Mountain. The movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug directed …show more content…
The book states,"... the jostling crowd began to break up and swing off, one by one, under the stony arch and away" (Tolkien 185). This illustrates that the dwarves did not have that difficult of a time in the river, in fact, the journey is quite calm and peaceful. In addition, this uneventful scene symbolizes the occasional issues the dwarves and Bilbo have to face on the journey, however, there are not many problems that lie upon them. Likewise, this event shows that the dwarves’ journey is very smooth sailing, and that it’s about to end soon. Furthermore, when Tolkien wrote "the crowd," he refers to only men in the journey, since there isn't a single main female role throughout the entire book, showing that males are only capable of handling situations and going on challenging adventures. The purpose of Tolkien only including male roles is to refrain from having this book become a romance novel and to keep the adventure and plot child friendly. On the other hand, the movie shows a different side of the adventure they are on and how troublesome it is. Peter Jackson’s version of this scene in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, has Thorin and the company chased by orcs down the river and wood elves helping the party, and in the group of wood elves there is a female character named Tauriel. This shows that unlike the boring, uneventful trip down the river, described in the book, the dwarves and Bilbo actually do have to overcome many complications before getting to their destination. In the movie, the lids of the barrels were not on and the gate was closed, which builds suspense and intensifies the conflict. As expected, this results in an action packed scene with wood elves and dwarves fighting against the orcs. Jackson's intent for including this battle was to foreshadow the battle that

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