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!! ''An Unexpected Journey''
* While sorting through some souvenirs of the quest in the prologue, Bilbo uncovers a portrait of his younger self which he had apparently forgotten about or thought he'd lost. Ian Holm's sentimental expression speaks volumes as he admires it.
* Some HeartwarmingInHindsight, consider that the story of Erebor Bilbo relays in the prologue of the film is mostly seen through Thorin's perspective. Thorin must have told Bilbo everything, including the gold sickness of his grandfather and his difficulties after Erebor fell, and Bilbo took that all to heart when he began writing the story of his own adventure.
* One of the scenes from the Extended Edition features a Midsummer's Eve from Bilbo's childhood. Gandalf is there, setting off his fireworks, laughing, and playfully jousting with young Bilbo. Mithrandir, the grumpy BigGood of Middle-Earth, the one constant, ever-vigilant enemy of Evil, is just relaxing and having a good time with the Hobbits. You get the sense that he's been doing this almost as long as there's been a Shire. It's like Superman coming home to Smallville: no matter how heavy the weight on his shoulders, there's one place he can always come where he can just smoke a pipe and hang out with simple folk.
* Thorin's explanation on why he believes his merry band of 12 dwarves, many of whom are not even warriors, are worth more than an army of Iron Hills dwarves. He states they answered the call to reclaim their homeland which shows they have loyalty, honor and willing hearts, and he can ask no more than that.
** Balin is clearly anxious about going on the quest, since he thinks Thorin has done duty by their people and needn't go to such lengths. Yet when Thorin explains (with an air of sadness) that [[HonorBeforeReason he has no choice in the matter]], Balin simply pats him on the back and says, "then we will see it done, laddie".
** There's also Thorin's comment that there are warriors among them - clearly referring to Balin himself.
* You can count the number of times Thorin looks happy during AUJ on one hand, but if you're watching closely, he smiles at Kíli in Bag End when he first arrives. Very subtle, but indicative of how much he loves his nephews.
** And later in the thunder battle when it looks like Fíli and a few other dwarves were separated from the main group and believed to have been crushed, Thorin loses his composure and screams his nephew's name. When they find Fíli and the others to be alive and unhurt, Thorin visibly slumps over with relief. He really does care for them.
* Bilbo wakes up next morning to find the others gone, and the entire house is cleaned up to look exactly as it was before (minus the pantry, I imagine). Think about it: the dwarves got up before Bilbo, and cleaned everything up neatly, while probably taking care not to wake the hobbit sleeping in the next room. They may be a rowdy bunch, but their hearts are in the right place.
* When Radagast heals his hedgehog friend Sebastian, he pauses for a moment to coo over the little guy. It's such a relief when he finally recovers.
** And earlier, Gandalf telling Bilbo that Radagast is a great wizard "in his own way." We later see that Saruman doesn't have much respect for Radagast's loner tendencies or his choice to live among the forest animals, but it's clear Gandalf respects his abilities and can see the value in what he does.
** Also Radagast's interactions with Gandalf have shades of a scatter-brained little brother with his more responsible big brother, particularly when Gandalf is trying to calm Radagast down to learn what Radagast is trying to tell him.
* After deciding to leave the Shire and go with Thorin and the others, Bilbo sees that everyone was betting on whether or not he would come with. When Bilbo asks Gandalf what he thought, someone tosses Gandalf his winnings from the bet. Gandalf catches the money, smiles at Bilbo, and tells him he never doubted him for a second.
* Bofur trying to stop Bilbo from leaving after Thorin's harsh claims of not being one of them got to him. At the end Bofur does let him go (though circumstances prevent him to), but his attempt at stopping Bilbo is rather heartwarming.
** What is especially heartwarming about this scene is when Bofur states that Bilbo ''is'' one of them now and cannot possibly leave. Even though they have only traveled a short time together, Bilbo has already integrated himself into the dwarves' company. It doesn't matter that Bilbo is a hobbit or wishes to go home. In Bofur's eyes, Bilbo has done more than enough to prove he is part of their team.
** And Bofur sincerely wishing Bilbo well when his attempts to persuade him fail.
* When Bilbo counters Thorin's claims that he doesn't belong on the journey because he is always thinking of home:
-->'''Bilbo Baggins''': ...I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. My garden. See, that's where I belong. That's home. And that's why I came back, 'cause... You don't have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
* "I've never been so wrong in all my life." [[spoiler: Cue ManHug from Thorin to Bilbo.]]
** And just before that, when Thorin wakes up, the very first thing he does is ask if Bilbo is all right. [[AngerBornOfWorry Then he yells at Bilbo for putting himself in danger]] in the exact same tone of voice a parent might use to tell a child "Don't you EVER scare me like that again!" Aw, Thorin, you do care!
*** Top it all off with the fact that these guys are roughly the size of eight-year-old kids and it's a ridiculously adorable moment.
** The scene could have ''easily'' come off as sappy or overdone, but the acting and directing for it turned it into a beautifully emotional moment between Thorin and Bilbo.
* Kíli seems to become quite attached to Bilbo. He's the first to attack the trolls when Bilbo is discovered. Then, Thorin has to stop him from attacking again when [[spoiler: they threaten to rip Bilbo apart, forcing the dwarves to surrender.]] The look on Kíli's face [[spoiler: when he realizes he can't help Bilbo is heartbreaking.]]
** When Thorin is yelling at Bilbo at the end of the movie, Fíli and Kíli are the only two dwarves whose reactions you can clearly see. And while Fíli has a neutral expression, Kíli looks confused, even a bit indignant on Bilbo's behalf, and keeps glancing at the others as if asking whether they should do or say something. It's rather sweet.
** Then when Thorin embraces Bilbo, the brothers are seen smiling contentedly, while Bifur even cheers a little in the background.
** If you think about it, Kíli is almost always the first to leap to defend Bilbo when he's in trouble. He also seems to have been one of the ones who bet that Bilbo would show up after all.
* When Balin talks about how Thorin took the leadership of the dwarves in their battle against the orcs.
-->'''Balin:''' "..and I thought to myself; there is one I could follow. There is one I could call King."
** The flashback then ends with Thorin turning back to the group, and all of them standing as if waiting for orders. It's at this point you understand that the respect between Thorin and the dwarves goes both ways. Thorin would take them over the mightiest army and they would follow him anywhere in return.
** One more: Dwalin and Balin's ManlyTears as they discover they're both alive after the battle, and the way they wearily bump heads and embrace, surrounded by their dead kin.
* The White Council has met Gandalf, and Saruman is dismissive of his concerns about the Necromancer, even after Gandalf displays the Witch-King's blade; furthermore, they will not help Thorin's company. Gandalf is weary and upset.
-->'''Galadriel:''' Mithrandir. Why the halfling?
-->'''Gandalf:''' I don't know. Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I've found that it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk, that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness, and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.
-->'''Galadriel:''' Do not be afraid, Mithrandir. [[YouAreNotAlone You are not alone]]. (In Sindorim) If you have need of me, ''I will come''.
** Gandalf, despite everything, still believes that evil can be defeated, not by brute strength, but by the everyday kindness of regular people like Bilbo. And Galadriel does not hesitate to pledge her private support.
** Extra touching when you realize that Bilbo's simple act of mercy towards Gollum is what leads to Sauron's downfall and saves Middle Earth.
** Galadriel and Gandalf in general. Everyone always turns to the wise and unflappable mentor figure for all the answers, but who can Gandalf turn to four support? Now we know.
* It was a small and quick moment but when Elrond's army came back to Rivendell, the dwarves prepare to be attacked by them. The dwarves grab Bilbo and form a circle with Bilbo in the middle. None of them question this move or have to talk about it. They automatically put Bilbo in the middle which ensures he is protected from harm. Though part of their reasoning for doing this might be because they believe Bilbo would be useless in a fight, it is still heartwarming to see them with their weapons out and willing to protect Bilbo if necessary.
** Also a small moment from that scene, the fact that Elrond offered the dwarves food and hospitality. It was rather nice of him considering Thorin's open hostility towards his people.
*** Elrond gets to show his kinder side much more than in LOTR. For instance, he and Gandalf seem genuinely happy to see each other after such a long time, with Elrond even briefly hugging his old friend.
** In that same scene, the dwarves get riled to the point of violence when they think that Elrond has offered an insult to the memory of Thrór, and are only convinced to stand down when Gandalf translates Elrond's comment as an invitation to dinner. Shows the respect that the dwarves hold for the fallen leader.
* When Bilbo tackles the orc who's about to behead Thorin and stands between him and Azog. He is utterly terrified, but he is willing to die to protect Thorin.
** Fortunately, he doesn't have to, because immediately after the rest of the dwarves charge in to save him and Thorin -- and then [[spoiler: the eagles swoop in to save all of them]].
** It becomes a bit of HeartwarmingInHindsight because earlier, Thorin says all he desires in his company are that they have loyalty and a willing heart. Which is exactly what Bilbo is proven to have.
** Also from that scene - while every other member of the company is holding onto the tree for dear life and even Bilbo only charges in when Azog's mook is close to killing Thorin, the instant Thorin is knocked down Dwalin tries to go help him and nearly falls to his death when the branch he grabs gives way.
* Bilbo's rescue by the dwarves during the storm. All of them pitch in to save him, cementing him as part of the team.
** The fact it was ''Thorin'' who climbed down the ledge and risked falling to haul Bilbo up.
* When Sméagol, vile creature that he is, got so excited and child-like as Bilbo suggested the game of riddles. Granted, [[ImAHumanitarian the potential ending is scary]], but Sméagol's expression and playfulness having been alone with himself for so long just briefly outweighs it.
* It's very easy to miss, but when they're climbing trees to escape the wargs, Kíli is shown giving Fíli a hand up. The heartwarming bit is when you realise this is because Fíli must have made his little brother get to safety first.
** And earlier when the company is running away from the orc patrol to the hidden elven passage, Fíli is fairly close to the opening when Gandalf finds it, but Kíli is further out, shooting at orcs to guard their rear. Fíli should have been one of the first down the hole but instead is one of the last, only a step ahead of his brother.
* A minor thing, but Glóin is heard remarking at Bag End that Gimli would like the place.
** The concept art book says that Glóin carries a locket that have pictures of his wife and Gimli in it.
*** In the second movie, we actually get to see the locket.
* Thorin's face at the very last scene when he finally sees the Lonely Mountain for the first time in ages. The hopeful and awed smile strips years away from his face and gives a glimpse of the happy prince shown in the prologue.
* It's brief, but Bilbo doting on his pony Myrtle and sneaking an apple for her was just plain adorable. There's also the fact that he was willing to risk his life to save the ponies from the trolls.
** And when Fíli and Kíli are remarking on the ponies missing, you realize that not only did the company give and memorize names to all their ponies, they're all adorable ones like Myrtle, Mindy, and Daisy.
* When Bilbo has the chance to kill Gollum before escaping the Misty Mountains, he almost takes it, but the sight of Gollum so heartbroken is enough to make Bilbo hesitate, and then choose to spare his life. While heartwarming [[WhatYouAreInTheDark on its own]], it's even better when you realize that, with one single choice, Bilbo unknowingly saved all of Middle-Earth in the long run by allowing Gollum to live.
** When Bilbo is about to strike Gollum from behind and he turns around and Bilbo sees him face to face and eye to eye looking how sad he is and as Bilbo draws Sting back slowly the familiar theme of the Shire starts to play. Like before with Frodo when the Fellowship breaks. You can pretty much imagine the words Gandalf spoke to Bilbo earlier.
-->'''Gandalf:''' True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.
* Bilbo sprinting out of his house and through Hobbiton and, when asked where he was going in such a rush, he ''shouts'' his answer with a huge grin on his face.
--> "I'm going on an adventure!"
* When the dwarves have been captured by the goblins, they are ordered to start torturing the youngest dwarves first. Ori (understandably) looks terrified. Immediately, [[AFatherToHisMen Thorin steps forward]] [[TakeMeInstead and reveals himself.]]
* Meta example: During production, Peter Jackson asked Christopher Lee if he was interested in doing "The Hobbit". Lee told him that he would love to do it because he wanted to play Saruman when he was a (more) benevolent mentor and wise and powerful wizard, but Christopher Lee was simply too old and frail to make the trip to New Zealand. Peter Jackson responded by taking his film crew to England and filming Lee's scenes there. Keep in mind, before this, all of Peter Jackson's movies were filmed in New Zealand. To be willing to break that streak, as well as going so far for an actor (and Tolkien nerd), is quite heartwarming.
** And the same was done with Ian Holm, complete with transporting several pieces of the Bag End set to England.
* Just like in the books, you could see the friendship between Bilbo and Balin grow. Such as when Balin smiles and welcomes Bilbo to the company after receiving the contract and the little clap to Balin's shoulder that Bilbo gives him when [[spoiler: Bilbo reappeared after escaping from the goblin caves.]]
** Becomes more evident, just based on the second trailer alone.
--->'''Thorin''': I will not risk this quest for the life of one burglar.
--->'''Balin''': ...His name is ''Bilbo''.
* A minor moment that is both Heartwarming and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny amusing]] is this exchange between Gandalf and Elrond before the Rivendell banquet. What makes it heartwarming is the tone of Elrond's reply, showing is amusement and sheer friendship towards the old wizard that tells you everything you need to know about their friendship.
---> '''Gandalf''': Thank you for inviting us, although I apologize for not being dressed for the occasion.
---> '''Elrond''': You never are!
* A meta example for anyone who were introduced to Middle-Earth through the Peter Jackson trilogy: While everyone wanted to see the Hobbit adapted, for the longest time, [[DevelopmentHell it seemed like it would never happen]], due to numerous legal complications, Time Warner's financial troubles, difficulties between Peter Jackson and the head of Time Warner, Del Toro leaving as director for personal reasons, IanMcKellen being unsure if he would come back, and a possible actor's strike that would have the production leaving New Zealand, and many other factors. But finally, ten years after the release of ''TheReturnOfTheKing'', we could all sit down, hear Howard Shore's familiar music starting up, and we're back once again in Middle-Earth with so many old friends, and it's as if we've never left.
* The production diary of John Rhys-Davies' visit to the set, where he greets Glóin with "Daddy!"
!! ''The Desolation of Smaug''
* Tauriel going to save Kíli, and actually giving a damn about what happens to people outside of Mirkwood.
** Legolas following her despite his father's order to not let anyone in or out, an order he was tasked to enforce.
* Fíli staying with his brother when he's sick.
** And Fíli defending Kíli's right to come along on the last leg of journey right before, even insisting he'll carry his brother up the mountain if he has to.
** By the same token, Thorin's refusal to let his ill and grievously wounded nephew join them could be considered heartwarming.
** Also Óin quickly states he'll be staying behind as well since his place is with the wounded, even above continuing the quest with his kin and reclaiming their homeland.
* Kíli's dazed sort-of love confession to Tauriel. He doesn't know she's actually standing right beside him and he wonders aloud "Could she ever love me?"
* The look of intense concern on Thorin's face when Bofur asks for Bilbo's whereabouts right before they're led into Thranduil's palace. His facial expression says a lot about the new respect and camaraderie that Thorin has for their burglar, especially compared to the beginning of their journey.
** And then, after Thorin refuses a deal from Thranduil and an exasperated Balin states that the deal was their only hope, Thorin insists that it was ''not'' their only hope. Cue an invisible Bilbo sneaking through the palace while wearing the Ring.
* Remember Gandalf's speech in the previous film, about how he believes little acts of kindness are more powerful than the loud and impressive things of the world? Bard proves him absolutely right. The Master of Laketown has spies littered throughout the town, and soldiers willing to arrest people for no reason, all the wealth he could want and every single weapon he can find locked and hoarded up, and is played by StephenFry. And yet, he still fears an insurrection from Bard, who despite coming from a disgraced family, treats the people he meets with kindness. Bard is the kind of man to help some down-on-their-luck dwarves against his better judgment, the kind of man who will give a man a boatload of fish for free.
** And again. The dwarves with all their might couldn't stop Smaug. They made an enormous statue of Thrór, and then drown Smaug in molten gold. And that still didn't work. But Bard will save the day, all because he kept a family heirloom from his disgraced grandfather.
* Beorn talking about respecting those who are smaller and weaker than yourself, while holding a tiny mouse in his massive hand.
* The dwarves' excitement over finally getting to see their home again.
** Glóin's reluctance to pay Bard is utterly broken the moment he sees the mountain.
*** I also find it mildly amusing and kind of touching that Thorin immediately knows who it is that's not pitching in their fair share.
* Bard letting the dwarves into his home again to help Kíli, despite fighting with Thorin earlier.
** Tilda and Sigrid (Bard's daughters) go to help hold Kíli down when Tauriel is healing him. Sigrid doesn't even have to be asked- she just steps in to help this dwarf she barely knows, because it's the right thing to do.
* Gandalf telling Radagast twice to not follow him into the fortress, directly implying that Radagast is willing to step into it to help him and Gandalf fearing for his life.
* Thorin and Balin remembering every last room and hallway. Erebor is the size of a ''city'', not just a castle. They haven't been there in almost two hundred years, but they still know it like the backs of their hands.
** "I know these walls... these halls... this stone." Part TearJerker and HeartwarmingMoment, this is where you realise that Thorin, beyond the burdens of his line, simply wished to come back home. And that he just did.
* After Balin scolds Thorin for being so callous about Bilbo and only referring to him as their "burglar," Thorin spends the remainder of the film addressing Bilbo [[FirstNameBasis by his first name]].
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* The production diary of John Rhys-Davies' visit to the set, where he greets Gloin with "Daddy!"
* The production diary of John Rhys-Davies' visit to the set, where he greets
Gloin with "Daddy!"
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* The look of intense concern on Thorin's face when Bofur asks for Bilbo's whereabouts right before their led into Thranduil's palace. His facial expression says a lot about the new respect and camaraderie that Thorin now has for their burglar, especially compared to the beginning of their journey.
* The look of intense concern on Thorin's face when Bofur asks for Bilbo's whereabouts right before
their led into Thranduil's palace. His facial expression says a lot about the new respect and camaraderie that Thorin now has for their burglar, especially compared to the beginning of their journey.
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