"THE HOBBIT"

Differences Between the Book and the Movie


          It will take me a while to view the third film and formulate the additions to this page. I anticipate that the third film will have more differences than the other two.
          This page is still under development. I do not have information about what is in the remaining movie. I will attempt to see it as soon as I can, but it could take a while to analyze what Jackson did to the story. If an extended version of each film comes out, I probably will not be viewing them.
          The story contained in the book "The Hobbit" will be divided up between three movies. This makes sense, since it allows more of the story to be portrayed -- though it also allows the director and screenwriter to add detail not contained in the book).
          The first and second films were released, and people have been counting the differences. My process was to first read the book multiple times and write down all the important or interesting details in the book in chronological order. Then I guessed which ones would be in the movies. The result is the Chronology page (see link below if you're interested). There were two main columns: (1) Event and (2) Will It Be In The Movie? So when the movies were released, I had to look at my list and determine if it was in the movie - and I had to add in the details that the moviemakers have added to the story.
          I am not rating the differences as I did on the LotR pages other than to say it is Added, Changed, or Deleted. I've discovered that ranking differences seems to generate more disagreements than if I didn't. (I'll let you decide how serious they are.) Sometimes I have indicated whether an addition took away from the story or made sense - or if the incident that was deleted was something I was looking forward to see. Please note that I've retained all of the comments I made on the Chronology list (see link below) in the "Event" column. These specifically relate to the book. I've tried to keep movie-related comments in the "Was it in the movie?" column.
          The films include some individual lines that are memorable from the book, but is that what really matters? There are some parts of the book that have minor changes. Then there are whole sections that are basically rewritten - if translating a book into a screenplay can be called rewriting. For example, take the part of the film where the dwarves and Bilbo leave Rivendell, get captured by goblins/orcs, and then they escape with Gandalf's help and Bilbo finds the Ring. This is totally reworked. The main points of this part of the story are that they were captured, there was a Great Goblin, they escape and Bilbo finds the Ring. The filmmaker includes those points in his screenplay, but everything else was changed between them. So how many differences are contained in that section? Is it one big difference, or are there a myriad of differences? Then there are changes that affect most of the first movie - changes like having goblins on wargs chase the dwarves. All of these kinds of changes/additions/differences make it hard to do a point by point analysis of what happened to the story on its way to the big screen. Below is my attempt. This page is under development. Of course, these are my opinions. Hopefully, they will be the basis of discussions among Tolkien-philes.
          The Hobbit is the last of Tolkien's works for which I will do this kind of study. If, for some reason, the filmmaker decides to make a movie based on the "Beren and Luthien" story, for example, I will not be in the audience.
          I need to repeat the above statement that this page is still under development. I've been reading the page and noticing that it could be organized a little better, and as I read, I think of things I left out. Plus I get emails with suggestions. The process will continue until after the third movie is released.
LINKS:
The Chronology of "The Hobbit"
My Review of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (2012)
My review of "Fellowship of the Ring"
My FotR Differences page
My review of "The Two Towers"
My TTT Differences page
My review of "The Return of the King"
RotK Differences Page
The Chronology of "The Lord of the Rings" (a 66 kb. Excel spreadsheet)
Partly based on Mr. Harder's webpage - which is interesting reading.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
 
The Hobbit: There and Back Again - yet to be released
 

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Chapter 1 
An Unexpected Party
1   In the movie: Bilbo and Frodo before Bilbo's 111th birthday party. Added. Not in the book.
2   In the movie: Bilbo says he had half of a chest of treasure, and it smelled of trolls. Added. This statement is not in the book. In the book, Bilbo received a chest of gold and a chest of silver from Bard after the Battle of the Five Armies. He also had half of the troll treasure, since he split it with Gandalf.
3   Opening description of Hobbits and hobbit holes
          Comment: Bilbo is the son of Bungo Baggins and his wife, "the fabulous Belladonna Took". This kind of detail is the type that is easily left out (and it was). It strikes me as humorous when I read it.
Changed. In the movie, a part of this information was included by Bilbo beginning to write his book.
4   In the movie, Bilbo begins writing his book just before the birthday party in Fellowship of the Ring. Changed. "The Hobbit" says that Bilbo began to write his book very soon after getting home. He was working on it when he was visited by Gandalf and Balin for tea at the end of "The Hobbit". He finished the book at Rivendell after leaving Hobbiton after his 111th birthday party.
5   Height of Hobbits.
          Comment: From what I've read, Hobbits could be 2-4 feet tall. "The Hobbit" simply says that hobbits are half the height of men. (How tall was the average man in Tolkien's time?) I've heard that three year old children are about half their adult height, so when you think of hobbits, think of three year olds. Kind of a rule of thumb.
Changed. In some scenes, Bilbo looks shorter than the dwarves. In other scenes, he seems to be nearly their height. It's not a big deal.
6 April 26,
TA 2941
Bilbo is standing outside of Bag-End, and then he sits down to smoke a pipe blowing smoke rings.
          Comment 1: Smoke Rings #1. I guess I should explain "Smoke Rings #1" type comments. (There are other lists below, as you will see if you keep reading.) I'm kind of a collector. I see patterns, and I like to make lists. It's interesting to me to see that there are multiple references to smoke rings or multiple incidents where Bilbo makes a difference. It's a way to accumulate as much detail from the book as possible. In no way do I think that the moviemakers will put all the smoke ring incidents (if any) in the three movies, and I don't expect them to include all the incidents in the other lists in the movies either. Lists are my thing.
          Comment 2: Bilbo's pipe nearly reaches his toes
          Comment 3: Bag-End had a round green door. Bilbo was outside the door when Gandalf walks by. Outside of Bag-End is an area where Bilbo had a bench or a chair, so there probably is a flat area. Thorin says that Bag-End has a porch. What the front of Bag-End (porch and all) would have looked like is open to interpretation.
Changed. In the book, Bilbo smokes a pipe as Gandalf walks up, and his pipe nearly reaches his toes. In the movie, Bilbo smokes a pipe, but it is when he is older and when he is reminiscing about his journey with the dwarves. Bilbo's pipe doesn't reach his toes. But Bilbo does blow a grey smoke ring.
7   Gandalf walks along the path by Bilbo's door. He tells Bilbo that he's looking for someone to go on an adventure. Bilbo declines. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
8   Gandalf's eyebrows are long enough to be past the brim of his hat Changed. Gandalf's eyebrows are not very long in the movie. I did not expect them to be very long. I just mention it, because it is a difference - a minor one.
9   Gandalf, "To think that I should have lived to be good-morninged by Belladonna Took's son, as if I was selling buttons at the door."
          Comment: This is humorous to me. It keeps the story light, and it informs the reader a little about Gandalf's personality.
In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
10   Bilbo gets flustered that Gandalf wants to take him on an adventure, but as he runs to his door he invites Gandalf to tea the next day. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the movie, Gandalf invites himself. Apparently, Bilbo is not expecting him. If you are confused about Tea versus Supper, check the article in Wikipedia. The evening meal is often referred to as Tea.
11   Bilbo goes inside to hide, closing his round green door. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
12   Gandalf marks his door
          Comment: Important because it explains how the dwarves find Bilbo.
In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
13 April 27,
TA 2941
The next day, Bilbo is puttering around Bag-End
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #1. Hosting the unexpected party is the first key event - though he didn't initiate it. Key actions are things Bilbo did or said that are key to the success of the dwarves mission. It is interesting to keep track of Bilbo's key actions or statements. He eventually becomes the defacto leader of the group after they leave Beorn and enter Mirkwood. Gandalf isn't there, and the dwarves come to regard Bilbo as a person who can think on his feet.
In the movie "An Unexpected Journey". The first film strips many of the key actions - either not including them or giving those actions to someone else. I think this pattern will continue. The Unexpected Party is still hosted by Bilbo (book and movie). The story becomes less about The Hobbit (i.e., Bilbo). In a sense, it's been de-Bilbo-ed.
14   Later Gloin says that the unexpected party was on a Wednesday
          Comment: Therefore, Gandalf walked by Bag-End on a Tuesday, and the journey of Bilbo begins on a Thursday.
Deleted. Not mentioned in the movie, but nobody would expect a movie to go to this detail.
15   Knock on the door. Bilbo thinks it is Gandalf. Changed. I am labeling this as a change. Sure, there is a knock. But since Bilbo did not invite Gandalf to tea, how could he have expected it to be Gandalf? In the book it is very clear that when he hears the knock, his invitation to Gandalf crosses his mind. In the movie, there was a door bell rather than a knock.
16   Dwarves arrive in five groups:
1. Dwalin - blue beard, gold belt, dark green hood
2. Balin, son of Fundin - white beard, scarlet hood, Dwalin's brother
          Balin - "They have begun to arrive."
3. Kili - blue hood, silver belt, yellow hood
    Fili - blue hood, silver belt, yellow hood
          Kili - "Let us join the throng."
4. Dori, Ori, Nori, Oin, Gloin
     2 purple hoods (probably Oin and Gloin), 1 grey hood,
     1 brown hood, 1 white hood; gold and silver belts
5. Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin
     2 yellow hoods (likely Bofur and Bombur who were brothers),
     1 pale green hood (probably Bifur, their cousin)
     Thorin - sky blue hood w/silver tassel
          Comment 1: I like the progression of the comments made by the dwarves, so I've included them above.
          Comment 2: Bofur and Bombur are brothers, and Bifur is their cousin. Dwalin and Balin are also brothers.
          Comment 3: All the dwarves have to be in the movie, since the nickname "lucky number" would not make sense otherwise.
          Comment 4: Thorin and Balin were alive at the time of the attack of Smaug, and they are probably the oldest of the thirteen dwarves. Roäc, the raven who talks to them after Smaug flies toward Lake-town, says that he is over 150 years old, and he says that Thorin and Balin were familiar with his father. I have my doubts that Thorin and Balin will be portrayed to be the appropriate age.
          Comment 5: Later, it is noted that Fili and Kili's mother is Thorin's younger sister. At Laketown, Thorin calls them "the sons of my father's daughter."
          Comment 6: Fili and Kili are also carrying tools.
Changed. In the movie, the arrival of the dwarves is shortened so that a large group comes after Fili and Kili. The large group includes Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur. Thorin comes last - by himself. Separating Thorin from Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur eliminates the humorous cascade of bodies onto Thorin when Bilbo suddenly opens the door. No tools.
17   Tea and supper. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey". If you are confused about Tea versus Supper, check the article in Wikipedia. The evening meal is often referred to as Tea.
18 In the movie "An Unexpected Journey". Bag-End has a cellar where Bilbo kept barrels of beer (and probably wine, too).
          Comment: The room(s) is called a "cellar", but, according to the description of Bag-end at the beginning of the book, all rooms including the cellar(s) are on the same level as the main hallway starting at the door.
Changed. The book, Bilbo finds the food and serves it. The movie, the dwarves help themselves and clean Bilbo out.
19   Music after tea and supper
          Comment 1: Fili and Kili had fiddles in their bags; Dori, Nori, and Ori had flutes in their coats; Bombur had a drum in the hall; Bifur and Bofur had clarinets stashed among the walking sticks; Dwalin and Balin had viols on the porch; Thorin's harp was on the porch in a green cloth; no mention of whether Oin and Gloin had instruments. There isn't any information about what happened to these instruments.
          Comment 2: The music that the dwarves play must have had a good beat, because Gandalf is said to be bobbing his head in time to it. This reminds me of what it would be like in an Irish pub, and hopefully that's the feel that will be given during the movie. Hopefully, the instruments are reminiscent of that style of music.
          Comment 3: After Smaug leaves The Lonely Mountain, Fili and Kili take harps off of the wall and begin playing them.
Changed. The music of the dwarves in the movie is more like a funeral dirge - the kind of music Gandalf would not bob his head to. But the music in the movie is full of emotion. The dwarf music in the movie is very good. It's just different from what is implied by the text in the book. Also, there are no musical instruments in the movie.
20   Bilbo tries to sneak away Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
21   Bilbo - "Struck by lightning, struck by lightning!" Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". I'm really sorry that this was not in the movie. It's one line of Bilbo's that makes me laugh every time.
22   Gloin - "He reminded me more of a grocer than a burgler."
          Comment: Gloin was the father of Gimli, a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. Gloin has serious doubts about Bilbo, but by the end of the adventure Gloin must have changed his mind, because his son Gimli has a high regard for Bilbo at The Council of Elrond.
Changed. Said by Thorin instead of Gloin. Thorin becomes the dwarf that Bilbo must win over.
23   Gloin - "The usual one in the trade."
          Comment: Gloin was talking about the mark on Bilbo's door.
Changed. The mark on the door was mentioned by Thorin.
24   Gandalf refers to Bilbo as being the fourteenth (Gandalf would be fifteenth) in the group, making Bilbo the one person who would give them good luck.
          Comment: The phrase "lucky number" is not used by Gandalf here, but Bilbo mentions it later during his conversation with Smaug. However, Gandalf's statement contains the concept.
Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
25   Hectic cleanup and song. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
26   Thorin and Gandalf blow smoke rings.
          Comment: Smoke Rings #2
Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
27   Gandalf brings out the map of The Lonely Mountain and the key
          Comment 1: The dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo look at the map with light from a lamp that has a red shade.
          Comment 2: Both the door and the passage are 5 by 3. The door is 5 feet high and 3 foot wide (in the chapter "On The Doorstep"). The passage is 5 feet high, and three can walk abreast. Three abreast for the passage could be about 6 feet wide. A five foot by three foot door makes sense, but a three foot wide passage does not. So the passage widens after you get past the door.
In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
28   Bilbo has a map of Hobbiton and the surrounding area on the wall of Bag-End marked with walking paths. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
29   Dragon drawn in red on the map.
          Comment: Smaug is a red dragon. Later, when Bilbo sees him the first time, Smaug is described as having a red-golden color. It is possible that the golden tint is a reflection from the piles of gold, though it might be that the painting on the map was simplified. The person who drew the map, probably Thorin's father or grandfather, actually saw Smaug when he was rampaging around the Lonely Mountain. Only Tolkien can know for sure, but my suspicion is that Smaug is red.
Changed. In the movie, the dragon is just an outline on the map. It isn't filled in with color.
30   Gandalf says that Thorin's grandfather was killed by Azog, the goblin, and Thorin's father was captured by the Necromancer.
          Comment 1: Later, as the Battle of the Five Armies is about to begin, Gandalf calls to Dáin saying that Bolg and his forces have arrived at The Lonely Mountain. Bolg was the son of Azog. Azog started the great Dwarf-Goblin War. During that war, Azog killed Thror, and then he killed Nain, the father of Dáin. Azog then died at the hands of Dáin. Now Bolg wants revenge. So in the original story, Azog is long dead before Bilbo begins his adventure.
          Comment 2: Gandalf says, "Your father went away on the twenty-first of April, a hundred years ago last Thursday." This strikes me as humorous, but it does give us information. Since the unexpected party was on a Wednesday, the date of the unexpected party would be April 27.
          Comment 3: During Thorin's explanation of the conquering of The Lonely Mountain by Smaug, Thorin refers to the men of Dale and of Esgaroth as "mortal men" - which is interesting. Dwarves - and elves and men who have elvish blood - seem to live an extremely long time - much longer than the average man.
Changed. In the movie, Azog is still alive, but he's missing part of his left arm. Huge difference. The filmmakers want the dwarves to be chased through the movie.
31   Bilbo finds a place for everyone to sleep in Bag-End. When Bilbo is trying to go to sleep, he hears Thorin singing "Far over the Misty Mountains." In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
 

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Chapter 2 
Roast Mutton
32 April 28,
TA 2941
Next morning the dwarves are gone In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
33   Gandalf comes while Bilbo is resting after cleaning up. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
34   Gandalf - "Great Elephants!" Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
35   Note left on mantle on his own note paper. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the movie, Bilbo finds a contract on the table.
36   Bilbo has to rush out the door to try to catch the dwarves. Changed. In the movie, Bilbo runs out of Bag-End with the contract trailing behind him.
37   Hands his keys to Gandalf as he runs off Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
38   In the movie: Bilbo rushes out of Hobbiton - yelling to one of his neighbors that he's going on an adventure. Added. Not in the book. Cute for the movie, but inconsistent with the character of Hobbits. If you know anything about Hobbits, no Hobbit would ever announce to the world that he was going on an adventure.
39   Balin, on the look out for Bilbo at the Inn at Bywater - "Bravo!" Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". No Inn at Bywater. In the movie, Bilbo catches up with the dwarves in a forest.
40   Bilbo wears borrowed weathered dark green cloak and hood. Changed. I can't remember what clothing Bilbo wore after he caught up with the dwarves. I don't remember that Bilbo put anything extra on, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't wearing anything dwarvish. Not a biggie.
41   Bilbo rides a small pony. The dwarves ride larger ponies. Gandalf rides a white horse. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
42 May 25,
TA 2941
Gandalf goes off by himself without telling dwarves and Bilbo
          Comment: The book says that up to a certain point in their journey Gandalf talked and laughed the most, and then suddenly they noticed that he wasn't there.
In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
43   Thorin tells Bilbo to hoot twice like a barn owl and once like a screech owl
          Comment 1: This line - and the one where Tolkien says that Bilbo couldn't hoot like any owl - make me laugh every time I read them.
          Comment 2: All this dwarvish racket #1 occurs around this point.
Changed. In the movie, Fili and Kili said this to Bilbo
44   Trolls:
     Tom, Bert, and William "Bill" Huggins
          Comment: Only one of the trolls' last name is provided by Tolkien.
In the movie "An Unexpected Journey". Huggins was not mentioned. Bert is the only name mentioned.
45   Bilbo first In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
46   Bilbo tries to pickpocket, but William's coin purse calls out Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the movie, Bilbo attempts to rescue the ponies. He tries to take one of the trolls's knife to cut the ponies loose.
47   William caught Bilbo by the neck when Bilbo was trying to pickpocket him. Then Bilbo is held by his feet, and later he's held by the hair on his head. Not sure if the sequence will be exact, but Bilbo was captured. In the movie, one of the trolls blew his nose, but Bilbo had become entangled in the kerchief.
48   Bilbo - "Bur - a - Hobbit" In the movie "An Unexpected Journey". Actually, Bilbo says he's a "Burglar-a-Hobbit." I guess the filmmakers thought people who hadn't read the book wouldn't know what Bur-a-Hobbit was. Small difference.
49   Bilbo - "Lots - er - none-at-all" Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
50   Balin next
Dwalin next
Fili and Kili next
Dori, Nori, and Ori next
Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur next
Thorin was last
Changed. In the book, there was no fighting until Thorin approached the fire. In the movie, all the dwarves attack the trolls all at once. The motivation of the dwarves, in the movie and the book, was to rescue Bilbo. Also, in the book, the dwarves were captured by a sack being thrown over their heads as they approached the fire - all except Thorin who put up a fight. In the movie, the dwarves were captured when they were coerced to lay down their weapons.
51   One troll (Bert) got poked in the eye, and another lost a tooth In the movie, trolls were injured.
52   Tom kicked Bilbo into the top of a bush when the trolls were fighting with Thorin. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
53 May 26,
TA 2941
Gandalf keeps the trolls talking and fighting. Changed. In the movie, Bilbo keeps the trolls talking, and Gandalf splits a rock to allow the sunlight to hit the trolls. There is no rock-splitting in the book.
54   Gandalf - "Dawn take you all!" In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
55   Bilbo found the key on the ground and gives it to Gandalf
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #2. The finding of the key leads to the acquiring of Orcrist and Glamdring which are key to their escape from the goblins.
Changed. No key and no door in the movie. The trolls stored treasure in an open mouth cave. The filmmakers make it a habit of leaving out doors from the story.
56   Treasure in cave including two elven swords. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
57   Bilbo finds a knife (short sword for Bilbo). Changed. In the movie, Bilbo doesn't find what later is called Sting. Gandalf finds it and gives it to Bilbo.
58   The treasure taken out of the cave and buried Changed. Only part of the treasure was buried, and it was buried inside the cave.
59   They place spells on the buried treasure so that it is protected until they dig it up Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
 

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Chapter 3 
A Short Rest
60 May 29,
TA 2941
The path on which Gandalf leads Bilbo and the dwarves is marked with white stones Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
61   In the movie: The dwarves, Gandalf and Bilbo are chased by goblins/orcs riding on wolves/wargs. Added. Not in the book. In the book, the goblins are in the cave system (where Gollum is hiding). They are planning an attack, in cooperation with the wolves, on men who have set up residence in the area. After the death of the Great Goblin, they try to capture the dwarves again, but the dwarves stumble on a meeting of the wolves and have to quickly climb up trees. Goblins are still looking for Thorin and company, so the dwarves are forced to take a path through Mirkwood. In the movie, there are goblins in the cave system, but there are goblins/orcs on wolves/wargs who are chasing Thorin and company across the landscape.
62   Bilbo - "It smells like elves"
          Comment: An interesting statement by Bilbo. Lots of questions arise from this one line. For example: What do elves smell like? How does Bilbo know what elves smell like? At one point it is mentioned that Bilbo had contact with elves before The Hobbit, but it was rare.
Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
63   Arrived at Rivendell In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
64   The elves know the dwarves are coming to Rivendell. The elves know everything. Changed. In the movie, the arrival of the dwarves at Rivendell is a complete surprise - and not a desireable one for the elves.
65   Rivendell is reached by crossing a very narrow bridge
          Comment: Not necessarily how it's portrayed in LotR where Frodo crossed a river and was rescued. In the Hobbit1 movie, the bridge is over a deep gorge.
Not sure.
66   In the movie: Elrond arrives on horseback after killing goblins and wargs. He is accompanied by several elves. They encircle the dwarves on horseback. Added. Not in the book. The purpose of this event is to emphasize an antagonism between dwarves and elves that did not really exist in The Hobbit until Thorin and company were imprisoned by the wood elves. Tolkien says that elves poked fun at dwarves because of their beards, and the dwarves find this annoying. Tolkien also said that dwarves tended to take elves lightly in regard to work and war. He also says that the king of the wood elves thought he had been ripped off by dwarves who did not deliver something he had ordered, but the dwarves involved asserted that the king of the wood elves didn't pay them the agreed amount. So both dwarves and elves differentiated between the different dwarf and elf groups. They did not generalize about each other - painting each other with a broad brush, so to speak. There is no argument between Thorin and Gandalf about going to Rivendell. They agreed on that from the time of the unexpected party. I have to admit that I am not as familiar with The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales or other Tolkien writings that the filmmaker may have used. Therefore, I cannot definitively say that a general dislike, mistrust, and/or antagonism did not exist in Thorin. What I can say is that an active dislike did not exist in the book (again) until their imprisonment. But the filmmaker inserts into Thorin's character an antagonism that approaches hatred for all elves. He does this from the beginning with his portrayal of the elves departing from The Lonely Mountain as dwarves are being consumed by Smaug in Smaug's initial attack - something that is not in the book. (The book does not refer to any elves being at The Lonely Mountain when Smaug attacks.) The filmmaker does it when Gandalf and Thorin disagree about going to Rivendell. And he does it here when Elrond and his troop surround the dwarves in the Rivendell courtyard. Thorin has enough cause to intensely dislike the wood elf king without these exaggerated insertions into the story.
67 June 20,
TA 2941
Elrond identifies Thorin's blade: Orcrist, AKA Goblin Cleaver which the goblins call Biter. Elrond identifies Gandalf's blade: Glamdring, AKA Foe Hammer which the goblins call Beater. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
68   Elrond reads the map In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
69   Thorin explains that Durin's Day is the last day in fall when the sun is in the sky at the same time as the last moon of fall. Changed. Elrond said this line in the movie - which I predicted before the movies came out. Elrond had to have more lines to make it worth Hugo Weaving's time (IMO).
70   In the movie: Radagast and the problems in the forest Added. Radagast is not in the book. The moviemakers want to link Dol Guldur and the Necromancer with what is happening in Mirkwood with the giant spiders. The filmmaker's goal is to link everything to the Ring and/or the finding of the Ring. There may be a link, but Tolkien doesn't mention in the book that there is a link. Another possible difference between the movie and the book is the renaming of Greenwood into Mirkwood. The moviemakers imply that there is a quick progression between the appearance of the Necromancer (Sauron) at Dol Guldur, the appearance of spiders in Greenwood/Mirkwood, and the renaming of Greenwood to Mirkwood. In Tolkien's works it isn't so clear-cut. The Necromancer/Sauron was at Dol Guldur for a very long time. Sauron was defeated the first time at the end of the Second Age. About 1000 years later, the Necromancer established himself at Dol Guldur, and the Greenwood gradually become evil, eventually becoming known as Mirkwood. Sauron wasn't driven from Dol Guldur until the year 2941 of the Third Age. So Sauron was in Dol Guldur for nearly 2000 years. During that time he captures Thorin's father Thráin, and Gandalf finds Thráin in Dol Guldur.
71   In the movie: The White Council Added. Comments:
          The Council is not portrayed in the book. I'm not sure when it actually occurred. Gandalf mentioned it at the end when he and Bilbo were leaving Rivendell on the way back to Hobbiton, only 2-3 pages before the end of the book. Tolkien at one point writes, "It does not come into this tale."
          There are certain events that involve Dol Guldur and the White Council that are related to The Hobbit. First is the investigation by Gandalf. Second, the acquiring of the map from Thráin. Third, the discovery that the Necromancer is Sauron. Fourth, the meeting of the White Council.
          The Wise began to wonder who the Necromancer was. At one point they thought he was one of the Nazgul, but he seemed to have too much power for a Nazgul. Gandalf secretly entered Dol Guldur to investigate. The simple version of the sequence would be that at this point he found Thorin's father, Thráin, in one of the holding areas. (The more complicated version would be if Gandalf investigated Dol Guldur multiple times.) During his investigation, Gandalf found out that the Necromancer was Sauron. He brought his information to the White Council. There is a gap between the time when Gandalf left the dwarves and when he is reunited with them before the Battle of the Five Armies, but the fact that he has Thráin's map means that the whole sequence of events - the investigation, the discovery of Thráin, the White Council meeting - occurred before the events in The Hobbit began. All of this assumes that Gandalf went to Dol Guldur once, but it seems likely that he received the map of the Lonely Mountain at the same time he found out that the Necromancer was Sauron.
          The movie portrays an argument where Galadriel sided with Gandalf about what was going on at Dol Guldur. While Saruman may have tried to dissuade the Council from action against Dol Guldur, the reason Saruman had a grudge later at Orthanc was that Galadriel wanted Gandalf to be the leader of the Council. The movie simplies everything.
72   In the movie: Teleportation or holographic image of Galadriel - or Galadriel's physical presence.
          Comment: I've often wondered how Galadriel, whose residence is Lothlorien, could attend White Council meetings. My impression is that periodically the Council had to meet quickly, making travel to Rivendell impossible, so a telepathic/holographic image makes sense. Maybe Galadriel's image at the Council meeting was some kind of effect (holographic?) where she was in Lothlorien projecting her image - possibly with her Mirror. Not sure how Galadriel's stroking of Gandalf's face fits in though (with the holographic part, I mean).
Added. Not in the book.
 

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Chapter 4 
Over Hill and Under Hill
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Departure from Rivendell Changed. In the movie, the dwarves and Bilbo leave without Gandalf. In the book, the departure is amicable between Elrond & the elves and the dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo. The fifteen leave together on paths recommended by Elrond.
74   Bilbo, pointing to the Misty Mountains - "Is that the Lonely Mountain?" Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
75   Trying to cross the mountains In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
76   Boulders loosed from melting ice and snow
Later, there is a storm battle
Giants are throwing boulders
Changed. The screenwriters simplified this part by creating rock giants. Pretty ridiculous. I had predicted this would be modified on the Chronology page.
77   Cave - Fili and Kili find the cave Not sure who found the cave, but there was a cave.
78   Ponies have their nosebags on in the cave Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the movie, the dwarves did not have ponies from the time of the trolls to when Beorn loans some to them. In the book, they have ponies from Hobbiton until the cave.
79   Gandalf blows smoke rings in cave
          Comment: Smoke Rings #3
Changed. In the movie, Gandalf wasn't in the cave. No smoke rings. Not important.
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A crack begins to develop in the wall at the back of the cave. It grows bigger as Bilbo watches (half asleep). Changed. In the movie, the sandy floor gives way. In the book, Bilbo dreams that the floor gives way, but the reality of what happens is that a crack develops in the back of the cave where goblins pour in and overpower the dwarves and Bilbo.
81   Bilbo calls out
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #3. Key for the book; most of them are actions which enabled the dwarves to succeed.
Changed. In the movie, Thorin calls out. The focus of the camera is on Thorin instead of Bilbo.
82   Captured by goblins In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
83   Gandalf disappears in a flash, killing several goblins, but he follows Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
84   In the movie: Bilbo stays behind some boxes as the dwarves are driven towards the Great Goblin. Added. Not in the book. The filmmaker is trying to make the flight of the dwarves and Gandalf to be parallel chronologically with the riddle game and flight of Bilbo from Gollum. I'm not sure that's necessary for the story. I reacted strongly to this change when I first saw the film, but after later viewings it didn't bother me as much. With all the conflating of book details and combining of incidents in the movie, it's consistent with what happens with the rest of the story. In both the book and the movie, Bilbo gets separated from the dwarves. However, in the movie, Bilbo hides behind boxes at this point, but in the book, Bilbo is knocked out later during the dwarves flight from the goblins.
85   Thorin's sword is brought out by one of the goblins. The Great Goblin is incensed and runs at Thorin. Changed. One of the goblins is holding Orcrist, but the Great Goblin does not rush Thorin.
86   Lights and fire went out. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". The lights never go out. The whole sequence of their rescue from the goblins by Gandalf has been compressed - and yet embellished on - by the filmmakers.
   In the book, the fires go out, smoke fills the cavern, the goblins fight each other, the dwarves flee still chained together. Then they stop, Gandalf cuts their bonds with his sword, and Gandalf gives Thorin's sword back to him. Then they begin running again, following Gandalf's lit wand. Goblins sneak up behind them, but Gandalf and Thorin are waiting. Then after another chase, the goblins trip Dori who is carrying Bilbo. Bilbo hits his head. The rest flee through the door. Bilbo finds the Ring in the dark. He had a riddle contest with Gollum. He follows Gollum to the exit door where there is a troop of goblins on guard. He puts the Ring on and sneaks by them, losing buttons when he squeezes through to the outside.
   In the movie, the dwarves are herded to be examined by the Great Goblin. Gandalf is not with them, and Bilbo has ducked behind some boxes. Bilbo falls down a crevice where he sees Gollum kill a squeeker goblin, but Gollum loses the Ring, and Bilbo picks it up. He has the riddle contest with Gollum while Gandalf is leading the dwarves through a maze of catwalks. Bilbo follows Gollum toward the exit and sees the dwarves and Gandalf run out of the exit. Then Bilbo jumps over Gollum and follows them.
   The movie gets there in a different - although somewhat exaggerated and ridiculous - way. The events in the book are simpler - and no less dramatic.
87   Smoke from the fire goes up to the ceiling and sparks come down, burning the goblins. The smoke makes it hard for the goblins to see. The goblins begin fighting each other. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". Lights never go out, and smoke doesn't burn the goblins. Goblins don't fight each other.
88   The Great Goblin is killed - cut in half by Gandalf using Glamdring.
          Comment: This might be a good time to write about the terms "orc" and "goblin". When I first read the books "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings", I pictured orcs being bigger, and goblins being smaller. As I read (and read) them again, I noticed that Tolkien uses the term "goblin" in "The Hobbit". He may go back and forth in "The Lord of the Rings". I came to suspect that goblins and orcs are the same term for the same being. There may be different types of goblins/orcs, and there may be different sizes, but they are all goblins. My suspicion was confirmed when I read articles in The Encyclopedia of Arda.
Changed. In the movie, the Great Goblin's stomach is sliced, but he isn't cut in half. And the timing is different. In the book, the Great Goblin is killed before the Dwarves begin their flight, following Gandalf down dark tunnels. In the movie, the Great Goblin is killed towards the end of the flight from the goblins.
          Comment: This would be a good point to talk about the size of the Great Goblin. Tolkien isn't clear about whether the Great Goblin is great because of his size or because of his status among the goblins, but the fact that Gandalf is able to cut him in half with Glamdring means that he probably wasn't as big as what was portrayed in the movie.
89   Structure of the goblin caves: There is one main cavern with tunnels branching out. Some of the tunnels criss-cross. Some of them keep going down, such as the one that ends at the subterranean lake where Gollum lives. Goblins use some light in the main cavern. They don't need light in the tunnels so much, because they know the ways by heart. Changed. There is a huge cavern that is well-lit. The dwarves don't flee down tunnels. They have to flee across multiple catwalks. I find the change in the amount of light to be OK, since it's a movie, but the escape of 15 individuals from a horde of goblins coming at them from all directions stretches credibility.
90   Even though their hands are tied, Dori picks up Bilbo. Changed. In the movie, nobody picks up Bilbo to continue their flight from the goblins, since Bilbo is not with the dwarves until they all exit the mountain. Bilbo fell down a crack and his having his riddle contest with Gollum.
91   The 14 flee with hands still tied. Gandalf cuts their chains with Glamdring. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
92   In the movie: The dwarves and Gandalf fall down a crevice on part of a catwalk. The Great Goblin falls on them. Added. One of the few points in this section based on the movie. I added it here, because it is a major event in the movie during the flight of Gandalf and the dwarves. It is not in the book. An objectionable addition.
93   After Gandalf cuts their bonds, the dwarves take turns carrying Bilbo. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
94   When Bilbo gets separated, Dori is carrying Bilbo again. Bilbo hits his head and blacks out. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
 

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Chapter 5 
Riddles in the Dark
95   Bilbo finds the Ring
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #4
Changed. In the book, Bilbo finds the Ring in the dark. He can't see his hand in front of his face. In the movie, in plenty of light, Bilbo sees the Ring pop out of Gollum's pocket. The amount of light is not an issue, since light is what movies are all about.
96   Bilbo meets Gollum In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
97   Gollum sees Sting and backs off. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
98   Riddles:
     1. Gollum: Mountain
     2. Bilbo: 30 teeth (Gollum only has 6 left)
     3. Gollum: Wind
     4. Bilbo: Sun on the daisies
     5. Gollum: Dark
     6. Bilbo: Egg
     7. Gollum: Fish
     8. Bilbo: Fish table stool cat bones
     9. Gollum: Time
    10. Bilbo: What have I got in my pocket?
          Comment: According to the book, Bilbo kept the Ring in his left-hand pocket, so he probably put the Ring on his left index finger.
Changed. Four missing riddles - Sun on the daisies, Dark, Fish, Fish table stool cat bones. This was predictable. It was done for the pacing of the film.
99   In the movie: Gollum exhibits his schizophrenia before, during, and after the riddle game. Added. Not in the book.
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          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #1
Changed. In the book, the Ring slips onto Bilbo's finger as he reaches into his pocket while asking himself, "What do I have in my pockets?" In the movie, the filmmakers parallel what happens to Frodo in FotR by having Bilbo fall on his back, the Ring flies up in the air, and then it slides onto his finger. This is one of a number of parallels between the two movie trilogies. There is the butterfly, the way the Ring gets on Bilbo's finger the first time, the capture of Gandalf. There are probably a few more I can't think of right now. Maybe the filmmakers think there are parallels within the books (Hobbit and LotR), or they think that great related stories have parallels, or they are being clever or cute (or lazy). Not sure which. If they are trying to be clever, they are too clever by half.
101   Bilbo follows Gollum to the exit gate In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
102   In the movie: Bilbo sees the dwarves and Gandalf running out of an opening in the mountain. Added. Not in the book. This could be classified as a Change. Bilbo never sees the dwarves running out of the mountain opening. I'm putting this here, because in the movie he sees them exiting the mountain before he jumps over Gollum. In the book, he escapes Gollum and then the guards, and then he finds the dwarves and Gandalf who are talking about whether to go back into the mountain to find Bilbo.
103   Bilbo jumps three feet over Gollum, barely missing his head on the roof of the passage. In the movie "An Unexpected Journey". Not sure about nearly hitting his head though.
104   Bilbo arrives at the exit gate. The Ring had fallen off into his pocket. He realizes it (when he sees the goblins looking at him and coming towards him), and puts the Ring back on.
          Comment 1: Bilbo's use of the Ring #2
          Comment 2: After Bilbo jumped over Gollum he came into the guard room by the exit gate. He was blinded by the light. It took him long enough to recover from being blinded to realize that the goblins saw him. The length of time was long enough that he was in danger (the goblins began rushing towards him), but it was short enough that he could slip on the Ring and avoid the crowd.
Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
105   There is a door ajar that is guarded by goblins. It is a real door, because the guards close it more than it was before. Changed. In the movie, no door on which Bilbo loses his brass buttons, no guard room. In the movie, Bilbo loses buttons as he squeezes through a crevace to get away from Gollum.
106   Bilbo puts the Ring back on and makes his way toward the door. The guards see Bilbo's shadow, because the Ring is not 100% effective in bright sunlight. Bilbo escapes but loses buttons as he squeezes through the slightly open door. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the movie, the Ring is always 100% effective.
 

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Chapter 6 
Out of the Frying-Pan, Into the Fire
107   Bilbo reunites with the dwarves In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
108   He was wearing the Ring and gets past Balin who is on guard duty Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the movie, he suddenly appears from behind some trees while the dwarves and Gandalf are having a heated discussion. There is no guard (Balin or anyone).
109   They are chased up trees by wolves/wargs. Changed. In the movie, they are chased up trees by goblins on wargs. Also, the trees are on the edge of a cliff. In the book, the trees surround a clearing.
110   Dori first reaches down his hand to pull Bilbo up, but Bilbo can't grab it. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
111   Dori helps Bilbo up the tree Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". Somehow Bilbo makes it up the tree.
112   Gandalf sends flaming pine cones down - magic flames of several different colors. Changed. The pine cones are lit with a non-magical red flame.
113   Goblins come Changed. The whole warg-goblin incident is compressed.
114   In the movie: Bilbo kills a warg. Added. Not in the book. Hard to believe that the filmmaker added this. In the book, the first thing Bilbo kills with Sting is a spider, and it is that killing that gives Bilbo a little more backbone.
115   In the movie: Gandalf talks to a moth/butterfly - sending a message to the eagles. Added. Not in the book. Another attempt to link the first Hobbit movie with the LotR movies. Gandalf does this on top of Orthanc - which is related by Gandalf at the Council of Elrond.
116   In the movie: Trees fall down, and two dwarves hang onto each other. Added. Not in the book.
117   In the movie: Bilbo runs down the trunk of the tree to defend Thorin. Added. Not in the book. I guess the filmmakers felt that since they had gone to the extent of adding Azog back into the story, he could have a personal confrontation between Thorin and Azog at this point. I will say that I liked the dramatization of how Thorin got his nickname "oakenshield."
118   The Lord of the Eagles was "black in the moonlight" when he first heard the wolves. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". In the book, the eagles come to the rescue because they hear the wargs, see the fire, and see lines of goblins making their way from the Misty Mountains. They don't come after getting a message from a butterfly.
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Rescue by Eagles In the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
120   Bilbo held onto Dori's legs under the eagle. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
121   Taken to the eagles' aerie Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". When I first saw the movie, I thought that it ended when they were on an eagle aerie. Now I understand that the movie ends with them standing on the Carrock.
122   Dinner cooked by dwarves on an eagle's aerie. Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey".
123   Eagles take the group to the Carrock of Beorn Changed. There are three flights with eagles. First, when they are rescued. Second, when they are taken from the aeries to the king of the eagles' aerie. Third, when they are taken to the Carrock. During the first one Bilbo hangs from Dori's legs. Bilbo is grabbed by one of the eagles for the second one. The third one is where Bilbo rides on the back of the eagle. The filmmakers compress the three into one. First they are grabbed by talons. Then they are tossed up in the air and end up on the backs of the eagles. Finally, they are dropped off at the Carrock.
124   Farewell to the Eagles
          Comment: Gandalf - "Farewell! wherever you fare, till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!" The king of the eagles - "May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks."
Deleted. Not in the movie "An Unexpected Journey". The eagles don't talk. They show no intelligence other than understanding the butterfly.
125   In the movie: A thrush is cracking snail. Added. Not in the book - at least not here.
126   In the movie: Smaug awakens from under a pile of gold
          Comment 1: What was the filmmaker implying about Smaug? Is this his natural position - in spite of the book's clear description of Smaug sleeping on top of gold and treasure? Or was Smaug hibernating - waking up because, as Balin says, ravens and thrushes are returning to the mountain (something else that is not in the book)?
          Comment 2: This is basically where the first film ends.
Added. Not in the book. Smaug does not appear in the book until after the dwarves and Bilbo get to The Lonely Mountain. This is where the first movie ends. This is a difficult section, because the filmmaker inserts a lot and kind of flips things around.
 

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Chapter 7 
Queer Lodgings
127   In the movie: Goblins and wargs chase Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves night AND day. Added. Goblins in The Hobbit and most of LotR are sensitive to sunlight. It makes their legs weak like jelly. The Uruk-Hai orcs which Saruman creates boast of their ability to withstand sunlight. However, in Hobbit1 and Hobbit2, sunlight seems to have no effect.
128   In the movie: Goblins and wargs chase Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves all the way to the Elfking's Fortress and Laketown. Added. Goblins and wargs give up the chase after the group is rescued by the Eagles. Beorn does find a goblin and wolf in the forest, but after the group enters Mirkwood Forest, goblins are not seen until the Battle of Five Armies.
129   Eagles let them down near the forest on "The Carrock". Deleted. The Carrock is not mentioned, and the Eagles aren't present. (The Eagles are part of the first film.) The film starts with Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves on top of a rocky hill. In the book, the Carrock is a flat rock with steps worn into it. Nothing like this was in the film. But that's not a big deal.
130   Huge bees among the flowers. Changed. In the book, the bees are among the flowers. In the movie, the bees wake Bilbo up in Beorn's house.
131   Horses run off to warn Beorn. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
132   Gandalf takes them to Beorn:
Gandalf and Bilbo
     "with a friend or two"
Thorin and Dori
     "several"
Nori and Ori
     "troop"
Balin and Dwalin
     "dozen"
Fili and Kili
     "fourteen"
Oin and Gloin
     "fifteen"
Bifur and Bofur and Bombur
Changed. Beorn is kind of like Tom Bombadil in LotR. I had my doubts about Tom being in the FotR movie. Beorn made it into the film, but he is introduced in the form of a bear. In the book, he is introduced in the form of a man. In the movie, he chases them into his house, where the dwarves close the door just in time. It is unfortunate that this scene (with Gandalf gradually introducing the elves), because it is one of the more attractive (dare I say "cutest") scenes in the book. The filmmaker doesn't leave any room in Hobbit2 for anything cute.
133   Bilbo could walk between Beorn's legs. Changed. In the movie, when Beorn finally is shown as in man-shape, he is not as tall as in the book, and Bilbo isn't short enough to walk through Beorn's legs. If, as the book states, hobbits are about half human height, and if humans are on average about six feet tall, and if Bilbo can walk between Beorn's legs without hitting his head, then Beorn has to be seven or eight feet tall.
134   Served by white ponies and long-bodied grey dogs Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail. It would have been unreasonable to expect this to be in the film.
135   snow white sheep and one coal black ram Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail. It would have been unreasonable to expect this to be in the film.
136   The next morning, Bofur tripped over Bilbo and woke him up Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
137   Gandalf comes back after being away from a while
          Comment: I'm not sure about these partly because I don't know how much of Beorn will be in the film.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
138   Gandalf creates smoke rings of various shapes which end up going up the chimney
          Comment: Smoke Rings #4
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
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Beorn comes back after confirming their story Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
140   Beorn says, "Killed the great goblin! Killed the great goblin!" Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". I would have liked to see/hear this.
141   Head of goblin and warg skin Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". I would have liked to see/hear this.
142   Loan of horses/ponies In "The Desolation of Smaug".
 

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Chapter 8 
Flies and Spiders
143 July 13,
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They reach the edge of Mirkwood Forest
          Comment: They reached the edge of Mirkwood Forest on July 13, and they escape from the Elfking's fortress on September 20 -- about 77 days or 11 weeks.
In "The Desolation of Smaug".
144   The dwarves release the ponies, and Gandalf rides off on the horse. In "The Desolation of Smaug".
145   Gandalf - "Stay on the path." In "The Desolation of Smaug".
146   In the movie: Gandalf goes to Dol Guldur and gets captured by the Necromancer who he finds out is Sauron. Added. Can't remember for sure when this series of events is shown in the movie, so I'm putting it here - after Gandalf departs from the dwarves. This event is barely in the book. Gandalf mentions it later in the book. The filmmakers place the event chronologically. However, the only info I have about this event is that the White Council cooperated together to drive the Necromancer from Dol Guldur. I don't remember hearing that Gandalf was captured or that Dol Guldur was infested with goblins/orcs and wolves/wargs.
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They start down the path In "The Desolation of Smaug".
148   eyes in dark Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
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Enchanted River Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
150   The rotting remains of a wooden bridge Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
151   Bilbo sees the boat while kneeling down on the bank of the river. Bilbo estimates it is 12 yards away.
          Comment: Bilbo's key actions 5-8: There is a whole series of key actions of Bilbo here. He sees the boat, he guides Fili in his tosses, he catches the boat before it gets away, he calls out when Bombur falls into the river. All of these are key actions. The dwarves had to cross the river. The series of actions related to the boat are key to that. And without Bilbo Bombur might have drowned.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
152   Thorin says Dori is the strongest, but Fili is the youngest and has better sight. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
153   First Fili and Kili pull on the rope. Then Oin and Gloin join in. A rope is securing the boat to the embankment on the other side. It finally breaks. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
154   All the dwarves cross to the other side one or two at a time until they are all across the river. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
155   A deer appears. The dwarves shoot all arrows. There is the sound of horns as if there is a hunting party. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
156   Bombur falls into the Enchanted River. He cannot be woken up. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
157   The dwarves take turns carrying Bombur in teams of four. The other nine (eight dwarves and Bilbo) carry the 14 packs. Four dwarves and Bombur makes five, and there were 13 dwarves and Bilbo. (14-5 = 9) Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
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Area of beech trees Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Type of tree is not mentioned, but it's a minor detail.
159 August 6,
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valley of oak trees Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Type of tree is not mentioned, but it's a minor detail.
160   Bilbo climbs oak and sees black butterflies Changed. This is in the "Changed" category, because in the book Bilbo is coerced/forced to climb the tree, but in the movie he volunteers.
161   In the movie: Bilbo sees the Lonely Mountain from a tree. Added. In the book, Bilbo climbs a tree that is in a depression, so all he sees are trees. In the movie, Bilbo sees trees and the Lonely Mountain.
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Bombur wakes up and tells them of his dreams of a feast. He plops down on the ground and refuses to go further. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
163   feasts and lights
          Comment: This is an intricate series of events that will probably be summarized in the movie. The first time the lights appear, all the dwarves rush toward the feast. The lights go out. Then they appear again, and Bilbo is sent. The lights go out, and they have to search for Bilbo. Bilbo is found asleep on the ground. He wakes up and tells them he was having dreams of feasts similar to those of Bombur. Then the lights appear again. This time Thorin goes toward the feast. The lights go out. The elves find Thorin asleep (under an enchantment) and take him to their fortress.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
164   Twelve dwarves captured by spiders - all except Thorin who was captured by the elves. Changed. In the movie, Thorin and the dwarves are captured.
165   Bilbo taunts the spiders, and at least 50 spiders go toward his voice
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #9. Really, this is a series of actions by Bilbo that saves them from the spiders.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
166   The dwarves are bound by spider webs and hanging from an upper branch - maybe a second level, because Bilbo stands on a branch while freeing the dwarves. And the branch has to be very thick so that they can stand on it. In "The Desolation of Smaug".
167   Bilbo kills his first spider, and then he puts the Ring on again. He takes the Ring off when he's cutting the dwarves out of their bonds.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #3
Not sure of these details.
168   Bilbo frees six dwarves and then has to fight off spiders that are coming up the trunk Not sure of these details.
169   Anatomy of spiders.
          Comment: Wiki article about spiders - This wiki article explains that spiders have two-part bodies along with eight legs (rather than three parts and six legs - which is true for insects). The abdomen/tail is where they pull the web from, and the fangs are on the head. The RotK movie showed what was supposed to be a spider, but it had a stinger in the tail. It was more like a wingless wasp with eight legs. It will be interesting to see what the anatomy of the spiders in The Hobbit will be.
They got it right this time. The "fangs" were in the mouth, and the web came out of the abdomen. They should have been embarrassed by how it was done in the LotR trilogy.
176   Bilbo jumps down off the branch to the ground in order to save Bombur from being recaptured Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
177   Bilbo puts the Ring on again in order to draw the spiders off.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #4
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
178   Bilbo's taunting - Attercop, Tomnoddy, Lazy Lob Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice. I was looking forward to this. One of my favorite parts of the book.
179   Fili had to cut off much of his beard in order to get rid of the spider webbing.
          Comment: The Hobbit also says that the other dwarves were in similar condition when freed. They were all physically weakened, but I'm not sure if that refers to the beard as well.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
180 August 8,
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battle and escape from the spiders
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #10
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". The dwarves fought some, but it was really the elves who killed and/or drove off the spiders.
181   Thorin captured by elves Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice. Thorin is captured by the elves along with the other dwarves.
182   Thorin is interrogated by the Elf king
          Comment: The treatment of Thorin and the dwarves by the Elf king portrays the Elf king to be villainous. IMO, nothing the Elf king does before the end of the book makes up for what he does during the dwarf captivity.
In "The Desolation of Smaug".
 

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Chapter 9 
Barrels Out Of Bound
183   Dwalin - "Where's Thorin?" Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Would have been nice.
184   Bilbo has taken the Ring off. The dwarves and Bilbo vote which direction to go. Decision: 8 to 5. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
185   Rest of dwarves captured by elves
          Comment: I'm not sure if he'll have Thorin captured separately from the other elves.
Changed. In the movie, all of the dwarves are caught by the elves together.
186   Bilbo quickly slips the Ring on in order to avoid detection by the elves. He probably doesn't take it off until the shore of the river - about seven weeks later.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #5. Key action of Bilbo #11. Putting on the Ring and being able to follow the dwarves and elves into the elf fortress is a key action.
In "The Desolation of Smaug", but the time frame is compressed.
187   The twelve dwarves are escorted through the stone gate where the interior of the cave was lit by the red light of torches.  
188   The twelve dwarves are interrogated by the Elf king In "The Desolation of Smaug", except it includes Thorin
189   Balin speaks for the twelve Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
190   The Elf king wears a crown of berries and red leaves, and he holds a carved oak staff. In "The Desolation of Smaug"
191   The book says that the wood elves live in homes on the ground or in the beech trees. The king's fortress is in the cave. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail. No elves are shown living outside of the fortress.
192 August 20,
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Bilbo discovers Thorin
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #12.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a minor detail.
193   The king's butler and the captain of the guard get drunk. In "The Desolation of Smaug"
194 September 20,
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Bilbo steals keys
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #13.
In "The Desolation of Smaug"
195   Bilbo returns keys
          Comment: All this dwarvish racket #2 occurs around this point.
I don't remember if Bilbo returned the keys
196   Escape from elves in/on barrels
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #14
Changed. In the book, the barrels are closed. In the movie, they are open.
197   Bilbo did not jump in. He grabbed a barrel as it was being pushed.
          Comment: This might be simplified by Bilbo jumping.
Changed. Bilbo nearly didn't make it. Bilbo did not jump in, but he did not hold on to a barrel. He walked to the edge of the trap door and slid out.
198   Gate opened Changed. In the book, the elves open the gate. In the movie, it was Kili who did it.
199   In the movie: Kili is shot by a goblin. Added. Not in the book.
200   Elves fend the barrels away from rocks into the river Changed. In the movie, the barrels make their way on their own.
201   Elves combine the barrels into a raft. Changed. In the movie, the barrels are placed on Bard's barge.
202   In the movie: The barrels are chased along the river bank by goblins, and Legolas and Turiel fight them. Added. Not in the book.
203   Stopped overnight on river coast. Bilbo sneezes
          Comment: There are three events between the opening of the gate and the arrival at Lake-town - elves fending off the barrels, barrels brought to river's shore at night, arrival at Lake-town. This may be whittled down to one, and Bilbo may sneeze on the Lake-town shore.
Deleted. No sneezing at this point in the movie.
 

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Chapter 10 
A Warm Welcome
204 September 21,
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Stopped at edge of lake Changed. In the movie, the dwarves stop on the edge of the river.
205   Bilbo lets Thorin out of the barrel first. They gradually find the others. Fili and Kili help. Changed. In the movie, since the barrels are open, this activity is very different from in the book.
206   Fili - Never wants to smell apples again Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
207 September 22,
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Arrival at Lake-town
          Comment: They arrived at Lake-town on September 22 and departed toward The Lonely Mountain on October 7.
Changed. In the movie, Bard smuggles the dwarves into Lake-town in barrels covered by fish.
208   Surprised guards Deleted. Thorin does not suddenly announce himself to the Lake-town guards.
209   Told to leave weapons. They said they had none. No one mentions that Bilbo has a knife/sword. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
210   Thorin says that Fili and Kili are "the sons of my father's daughter."
          Comment 1: Note that Thorin does not say that they are the sons of his sister - or half-sister. I'm not sure if this implies something about the father having a second wife, or if that is just how dwarves talk.
          Comment 2: This is one of the few references to female dwarves in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
211   Master of Lake-town is at a feast with the prominent citizens of the town. Changed. There is a feast after the master decides to support the dwarves. He is not at a feast when Bilbo and the dwarves arrive at Lake-town.
212   Wood Elf representatives declare that the dwarves were prisoners of their king.
          Comment 1: Yet at one point the Elf king says that Thorin was his "guest".
          Comment 2: After the dwarves escape, Tolkien tries to portray the elf king as good. In my mind, nothing will make up for the imprisonment of the dwarves. The king claims they should have come to him to get permission to be in his realm. How could they have done that? His reaction to the dwarves was totally unreasonable. Tolkien calls him and his subjects "good people." It's hard to understand.
          Comment 3: I've always puzzled about the reaction of the Wood Elves at Lake-town, and then I think I put it together. First, the Wood Elves declare that Thorin and the dwarves were some vagabond dwarves that harrassed the Wood Elves when they were feasting in Mirkwood, and then they begin to think that their king made a mistake. I think this means that the Elven King did not believe that Thorin was the King Under the Mountain, the heir of Thror and Thráin. When the Wood Elves said they were vagabonds, they were repeating what every elf in Mirkwood assumed was true. It is at Lake-town that they begin to realize that Thorin was more than their King thought he was.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
213   They stayed in the town for a fortnight
          Comment: They arrived at Lake-town on September 22 and departed toward The Lonely Mountain on October 7. Time-lapses like this will be left out.
Changed. The time was compressed.
214   In the movie: Almost the whole time they were in Lake-town, the dwarves were in hiding, and Bard was under suspicion by the town guards. Added. Not in the book.
215   In the movie: Bard finds a parchment that indicates that Thorin is the King Under The Mountain Added. Not in the book.
216   The master of Lake-town decides to help the dwarves. Changed. In the book, the master decides to support the dwarves when he realizes that almost everyone in town wants it. In the movie, the townspeople are somewhat enthusiastic, but the master's real motivation is to oppose Bard - who he sees as a threat to his holding the office.
217   In the movie: Bard sees the huge bow on top of a building. Added. Not in the book. In the book, Bard uses a regular bow.
218   In the movie: Bard finds the last black arrow in the ceiling of his house. Added. Not in the book. In the book, the black arrow is the last in his quiver, so it was the size of a normal arrow.
219   In the movie: Bard finds a parchment that indicates that Thorin is the King Under The Mountain Added. Not in the book.
220   In the movie: Bard is arrested and thrown in jail. Added. Not in the book.
221 October 5,
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The dwarves talked to the master about leaving In "The Desolation of Smaug".
222 October 6,
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In the movie: Sent ponies ahead - being led by lake-men. Added. Not in the book.
 

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Chapter 11 
On the Doorstep
223 October 7,
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In the movie: Thorin says they have one day to get to the secret door on The Lonely Mountain. Added. Not in the book. This is a mind-boggling statement, because it would take more than a day to go across the lake, travel across country to the Lonely Mountain, see the path to the door, and then climb up the path to the door.
224   They depart from Lake-town In "The Desolation of Smaug".
225   In the movie: Legolas fights the goblins in Lake-town. Added. Not in the book.
226   In the movie: Tauriel heals Kili in Bard's house. Added. Not in the book. Tauriel is not in the book.
227   Bilbo, the dwarves, and Lakemen row across the lake and up the Running River in three boats. They arrive that the meeting place where other Lakemen and the ponies are waiting. The dwarves get out of the boats, and the Lakemen who guided the ponies get into the boats. The Lakemen return to Lake-town, and the dwarves and Bilbo proceed up toward the Lonely Mountain. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". In the book, the dwarves and Bilbo have to cross the lake and row up the Running River.
228 October 10,
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They meet the lake-men who brought the ponies up part-way to the Lonely Mountain. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
229 October 11,
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They reach Ravenhill.
          Comment: In the book, the dwarves arrive at Ravenhill where they meet the ponies, explore the main entrance, and then go to the west of the Lonely Mountain at the encouragement of Bilbo. Some of that will be left out.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
230 October 12,
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They scout and explore the area outside of the main entrance. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
231   Smoke coming out of "the steaming gate" Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". No smoking gate in the movie.
232   The ruins of the town of Dale Changed. The town of Dale was named Dale, because it was in a dale - which is a valley. The movie shows the town being on top of a mountain ridge. See comments two down from here.
233   Balin complains about crows Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
234 October 13,
TA 2941
They encamped between two spurs on the west of the Lonely Mountain.
The spurs created a somewhat sheltered valley,
since their walls were steep and the valley was somewhat narrow.
          Comment: The book says that there is an eastern spur, a southern spur, and two western spurs. I haven't found mention of anything to the north, though that doesn't mean nothing is there. The town of Dale was between the eastern and southern spurs - as is main gate into the Lonely Mountain. The two western spurs create a narrow valley/dale above which the hidden door is found.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
235 October 18,
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Fili and Kili and Bilbo went to the SE part of the valley
and found a standing stone behind which was a rough stairway up the mountain.
They climbed the stairs up to a ridge that went along the southern exposure of the mountain.
The ridge turned north along the western side so that they could look down on their camp.
It was a very narrow path along the edge of the cliff to the east of the valley where they were encamped.
Then it opened up a bit. There was a notch in the mountain with a flat wall on the mountain.
It was not a cave, since it had no roof and was open to the sky. It was recessed so that the cliff blocked anyone seeing it from below,
and it was such a small notch on the large mountain that most creatures (Smaug in particular) would not have noticed it.
The flat wall had no features, but it was obviously made with enchantments built into it.
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #15. I've had to analyze Tolkien's description of how they find the door. It's extremely interesting to read this part of the book. The two ridges, the exploring at the southeast of the valley, the discovery of the stairs (that disappear now and then on the way up). And there is the east-west ridge they arrive at, which turns to go along the western side of the mountain. Narrow and 150 feet above the valley floor
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Please note that it was 11 days after they leave Lake-town before they find the secret door. Also note that Tolkien is very detailed about how long they explored along the southern and western edges of the mountain. He is also very detailed about what the path looked like and how narrow it was and what the door looked like. The movie compresses all of this.
236   The path is very narrow - so narrow that they could not carry packs. The packs had to be hoisted up from the valley. Changed. In the movie, the path is narrow, but all dwarves make it up the steps.
237   The path is 150 feet above their camp in the valley In "The Desolation of Smaug"
238   They try to use tools on the door, but the handles of the tools shatter In "The Desolation of Smaug"
239 October 24,
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Thrush and snail; "crack, crack, crack" Not sure about this detail. The thrush came and there was cracking, but I don't remember a mention of the snail. It's possible that Bilbo said something about the thrush and a snail, but I can't remember now.
240   The thrush is coal black with a yellow breast with dark spots.
          Comment: The American Robin is in the thrush family. It is mostly dark. Could be thought of as coal black. While the American Robin has an orange-red chest, the thrush in The Hobbit has a yellow breast with dark spots.
I don't remember this detail.
241   Opening the door: moon, shaft of sunlight
          Comment 1: From what I've read, I believe the moon is supposed to be a New Moon. Not sure the movie will show a New Moon, but that probably isn't important. If the moon and the sun are there, it would be close enough.
          Comment 2: Key action of Bilbo #16.
Changed. The movie has the light coming from the moon. However, Durin's Day is on a day of the New Moon, which means there wouldn't be much moonlight, if any.
242   Bilbo calls for Thorin to bring out the key. Changed. Without prompting, Thorin brings out the key and is eager to use it.
 

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Inside Information
243   Bilbo starts down the tunnel. Balin follows a short distance. In "The Desolation of Smaug".
244   Bilbo puts on the Ring part way down.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #6
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
245   Bilbo never takes off the Ring in front of Smaug. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". In the movie, Bilbo takes off the Ring and is seen by Smaug.
246   Smaug is a red-golden dragon
          Comment: The map shows Smaug as a red dragon. I don't think Thorin's grandfather would have made a mistake. It is possible that the gold tint is a reflection of piles of gold.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Smaug is a dark dragon (dark brown or nearly black?). Smaug's abdomen turns red when he gets angry and when he's about to breathe fire.
247   Smaug is snoring or rumbling during sleep Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Smaug is under the treasure.
248   Stealing of cup Changed. Bilbo picks up the cup, and Smaug awakens while he is still in the treasure room. Bilbo drops the cup. In the book, Bilbo takes the cup to Balin.
249   Smaug's anger because of the missing cup Changed. Smaug doesn't mention the cup. He seems to be angry because Bilbo is there.
250   Rescue of Bofur and Bombur Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
251   Smaug eats six ponies
          Comment: It's interesting that later Smaug admits to himself that he has never eaten anything like a Hobbit. The scent of Bilbo puzzles him. That may imply that one of the six ponies Smaug ate was Bilbo's.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
252 October 25,
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Bilbo goes down the tunnel to Smaug a second time
          Comment: It will be interesting if Bilbo talks to Smaug twice.
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
253   Bilbo puts on the Ring part way down.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #7
Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug".
254   Bilbo sees Smaug's suddenly open eye
          Comment: The gist of Tolkien's description is that Smaug was not sleeping. When he sensed Bilbo's smell and movement of air, he opened his eye a crack. Bilbo saw it just in time.
In "The Desolation of Smaug", but it's a near thing. All of the events are compressed. Bilbo takes the cup, sees Smaug's eye, drops the cup, and begins to run for his life.
255   Bilbo's conversation with Smaug #1: 'I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen. I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.' Something similar is in "The Desolation of Smaug". Not sure all of it made it into the film though.
256   Bilbo's conversation with Smaug #2:
(1) O Smaug, the Tremendous.
(2) O Smaug, the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities.
(3) O Smaug, the Mighty.
(4) O Smaug, the Unassessibly Wealthy.
(5) Lord Smaug, the Impenetrable.
(6) Your Magnificence.
In "The Desolation of Smaug". Bilbo says some of these things, but I'm not sure if he says all of them.
257   Bilbo sees a large bare patch on Smaug's left breast.
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #17.
Changed. First, The book describes Smaug's chest being studded with gems after having laid on the treasure for so long. The gems are mentioned later after Smaug dies, because Tolkien says that no one would dive into the water near Smaug's skeleton to get the gems that fell off. In the book, the bare spot is a place where gems haven't been embedded. Smaug may have been hard to defeat when he first attacked the Lonely Mountain, but now the gems make him virtually invulnerable. In the movie, there are no gems on his chest. The bare spot was caused by Bard's ancestor shooting at Smaug, not Smaug laying on the treasure. Second, in the book, it is a large patch. In the movie, it is one small spot. Third, it is on the left breast. I think the movie got the location correct.
258   Has to run up tunnel Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Bilbo runs but not back up the tunnel.
259   Bilbo's hair is burned off the back of his head and feet, and his skin is scorched. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". There is a lot of fire and molten metal being thrown around, but somehow no one gets burned. I can't remember even a hair getting singed.
260   The dwarves try to do something for Bilbo's burns. Deleted. Not in "The Desolation of Smaug". Bilbo wasn't burned in the movie, so no salve.
261   In the movie: The dwarves (and Bilbo) battle Smaug by tricking him into starting up some furnaces and covering him with molten metal. Added. This sequence of events is not in the book. At no point in the book do the dwarves see the dragon, and at no point does the dragon see the dwarves. He knows they are nearby because of the smell on the ponies. It is apparent that the screenwriters want to make the dwarves more heroic than they are in the book. In the book, dwarves are heroic when they try to rescue Bilbo from the trolls, and they are heroic in the face of the elf/lake-men hosts - and during the Battle of the Five Armies when their treasure is at stake. In the book, more often then not it is Bilbo who does something heroic to save their mission. But if the filmmaker had filmed that version, I'm not sure what the impact of the film would have been.
262   Bilbo throws a stone at the thrush. This event might be at the beginning of the last movie.
263   Thorin says not to bother the thrush, and the thrush may be one of the birds that was alive 200 years ago.
          Comment: This may be an indication of how long ago Smaug conquered the Lonely Mountain, and it indicates that Thorin and Balin are at least 200 years old. Later, Roäc says he is 153 years, and his father knew Thorin (and his grandfather and father) at the time of the appearance of Smaug. Tolkien's ravens and thrushes lived long lives.
This event might be at the beginning of the last movie.
264   Bilbo tells dwarves of Smaug's bare spot This event might be at the beginning of the last movie.
265   The thrush flies to Esgaroth This event might be at the beginning of the last movie.
266   Smaug destroys outer entrance to tunnel This event might be at the beginning of the last movie.
267   Smaug flies off to attack Esgaroth
          Comment: May be the end of The Desolation of Smaug. But some of the above events may be at the beginning of the last movie.
In "The Desolation of Smaug".
 

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Chapter 13 
Not At Home
268 October 27,
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Bilbo and the dwarves go down the tunnel.  
269   Bilbo puts on the Ring part way down. He takes it off when they get to the treasure room.
          Comment 1: Bilbo's use of the Ring #8
          Comment 2: All this dwarvish racket #3 occurs around this point.
 
270   Bilbo explores the treasure room himself. The dwarves hang back.  
271   Bilbo finds the Arkenstone
          Comment 1: Key action of Bilbo #18.
          Comment 2: The Arkenstone is so big that Bilbo cannot hold it in one hand.
 
272   Bilbo falls down, and his light goes out. He calls out "Light, light!" and the dwarves finally come out of the tunnel.  
273   Dwarves explore the treasure  
274   Bilbo is given mithril armor for an elven prince  
275   Thorin rattles jewels in his pocket  
 

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Chapter 14 
Fire and Water
276 October 25,
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Smaug attacks Lake-town  
277   Town baiting by Smaug  
278   It is dark - after sundown - when Smaug attacks Lake-town  
279   Thrush speaks to Bard, the archer from Dale, during Smaug's attack  
280   Light from the moon hits Smaug. His wings are "silvered", and the bare spot is shown.  
281   Bard shoots Smaug with special black arrow he had inherited from his father who had inherited it. It had been passed down from father to son in Bard's family for many years.
          Comment: Not sure about inheriting part.
 
282   Bard shoots at a spot on the left breast of Smaug
          Comment: Smaug exposes the bare spot of his left breast as he flies in front of Bard. In order for the left breast to be exposed, Smaug had to be flying from right to left. It will be interesting to see how it is portrayed in the film.
 
283   Bard dives into the lake after shooting the arrow  
284   Smaug dies, destroying town  
285   Elves march toward Lonely Mountain. Intercepted by messengers from Bard.
          Comment: Not sure if this will be portrayed, or if the Elven King will just march to Lake-town.
 
 

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Chapter 15 
The Gathering of the Clouds
286 October 28,
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Roäc son of Carc tells dwarves that Smaug is dead  
287   Roäc calls Smaug "The Guardian"  
288   Roäc son of Carc tells Thorin that he is 153 years old  
289   Roäc son of Carc is going blind and is losing his feathers on top of his head  
290   Fili and Kili are led by a raven to find the three ponies and some of their supplies  
291   Bombur, Fili, Kili did not agree with Thorin about not parleying with Bard  
292 November 5,
TA 2941
Elf host reaches north shore of lake  
293 November 8,
TA 2941
Host reaches Dale
          Comment: The ruins of Dale may not be in the movie. Simplification and cost savings.
 
294 November 9,
TA 2941
First approach to the Gate  
295   Dwarves had built wall of defense  
296 November 10,
TA 2941
First parley with Bard and the Elven king
          Comment: The multiple parlays may be simplified.
 
297   The elf king's green banner, and the lake men's blue banner  
298   Thorin shoots an arrow that hits a shield  
299   Siege begins  
 

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Chapter 16 
A Thief in the Night
300 November 16,
TA 2941
Bilbo puts on the Ring as he goes down.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #9
 
301   There is no moon in the sky, so it is the New Moon, and it is extremely dark.  
302   Elf - "Maybe it's that queer creature who is their servant."  
303   Elf - "Are you the dwarves Hobbit?"  
304   Bilbo meets Bard at fireside with elf king  
305   Bilbo gives Arkenstone to Bard
          Comment: Key action of Bilbo #19.
 
306   Bilbo talks to Gandalf  
 

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Chapter 17 
The Clouds Burst
307 November 17,
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Second parlay with Bard and Elven king  
308   Gandalf reveals Arkenstone in a wooden box  
309   Dáin arrives
          Comment: It's interesting that on the audio version, Robert Inglis pronounces Dáin as if it rhymes with "dine". Yet he pronounces Thráin as if it rhymes with "mane". I've received emails about Dáin and Thráin. Some say Thráin should be pronounced "Thrah-een". I've been doing some research, and it turns out that Tolkien didn't leave very much information on the pronunciation of dwarf names. Please see The Encyclopedia of Arda article on Tháin II. However, in spite of some of the comments in The Encyclopedia of Arda, I think the accent over the "a" has to affect the pronunciation in some way. In my opinion, Thráin has to be pronounced "thrah-in" or "thrah-een". So Dáin would be pronounced "dah-in" or "dah-een".
 
310 November 18,
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Battle of Five Armies  
311   Bats block out the sun.  
312   Bilbo puts on the Ring early in the battle.
          Comment: Bilbo's use of the Ring #10
 
313   Bolg, the goblin leader.  
314   Part of the wall the dwarves built falls outward by levers, and Thorin and Bilbo's friends dash into the fight  
315   Bill yells, "The Eagles!"  
316   Beorn appears in bear form.  
317   Thorin injured  
 

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Chapter 18 
The Return Journey
318   Fili and Kili are dead  
319   Bilbo invisible on battlefield among dead, but he is found  
320 November 19,
TA 2941
Thorin call Bilbo "child of the kindly West"
          Comment: A key statement of Thorin to Bilbo.
 
321   Thorin dies  
322   Bard gives Bilbo two chests, one filled with gold and one filled with silver  
323 November 25,
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Journey home begins
          Comment: The whole journey home will probably be simplified. A lot of things in LotR that happened after the crowning of Aragorn were left out. I'm not sure how the end of The Hobbit will be handled. However, he is splitting the story up between three movies -- the same number for LotR which was a longer, more involved story.
 
324   Bilbo gives a silver and pearl necklace to the elven king  
325   Bilbo, Gandalf, and Beorn travelled around the north of Mirkwood  
326   They stay with Beorn for a while  
327 May 1,
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Arrival at Rivendell  
328   At Rivendell, Gandalf tells Elrond and Bilbo what he was doing while he was away from Bilbo and the Dwarves
          Comment: I think the filmmaker will handle this event in a different way.
 
 

Date

Event

Was It In The Movie?

Chapter 19 
The Last Stage
329 May 8,
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Gandalf reveals to Elrond and Bilbo what he was doing when the dwarves and Bilbo were in Mirkwood Forest. He was involved in a coordinated fight of the White Council against the Necromancer at Dol Guldur. Changed. The movie inserts this in a chronological way with several scenes in Hobbit2 and several in Hobbit3. Positive: Chronological is OK and makes sense. Negative: Gandalf is shown to be captured by the Necromancer instead of being involved in the organization of the White Council in their attack on Dol Guldur. Neutral: The movie also portrays Dol Guldur being infested by goblins/orcs and wolves/wargs. I guess that was probably true. Here I may show that my main strength of knowledge is the Hobbit and LotR themselves. I have to admit that I'm not as knowledgeable about appendices or peripheral writings.
330   Departure from Rivendell  
331   Bilbo and Gandalf dig up chest they found in the Troll cave. They split the treasure, placing it in bags, and placing the bags on their ponies.  
332 June 22,
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Sign in black and red: "Sale by Messrs. Grubb, Grubb, and Burrowes - the effects of the late Bilbo Baggins Esq. of Bag-End, Underhill, Hobbiton"
          Comment 1: In one way, the sale of Hobbiton is a little like the Scouring of the Shire in LotR, but it kind of ties up the story in The Hobbit, so who knows?
          Comment 2: Sale of Bag-End might be in the film. Not sure about the wording of the sign.
 
333   Bilbo stops sale of Bag-End  
334   Visit by Balin. Balin's beard was longer, and he had a jewel-encrusted belt. Gandalf is there, too. Bilbo's waistcoat is bigger, and he has gold buttons.  
335   Bilbo is writing "There and Back Again, A Hobbit's Holiday"  
LINKS:
The Chronology of "The Hobbit"
My review of "Fellowship of the Ring"
My FotR Differences page
My review of "The Two Towers"
My TTT Differences page
My review of "The Return of the King"
RotK Differences Page
The Chronology of "The Lord of the Rings" (a 66 kb. Excel spreadsheet)
Partly based on Mr. Harder's webpage - which is interesting reading.
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