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Tear Jerker: The Hobbit
See here and here for tearjerkers related to the Peter Jackson films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, respectively.

The novel

  • The deaths of Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli, and particularly the Final Speech of the former:
    "There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage, and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell."
    • Fíli and Kíli dying is understated in itself, but throughout the book the narration makes it clear that they are the youngest and merriest of the group, which, when you know about how Tolkien fought in WWI, makes the terrible waste of young men's lives all the more poignant.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • The scene where Gandalf gives Bilbo his sword (Sting), and tells him that "True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one" is notably heartwarming. This provides the setup for the scene where Bilbo spares Gollum. Bilbo is invisible while wearing the One Ring, so he is able to look Gollum directly in the face; he sees that, though Gollum might be outwardly savage, there is a rather tragic person underneath, so Bilbo spares his life. Both scenes feature the music played in Fellowship of the Ring after Gandalf tells Frodo about why Bilbo chose to spare Gollum. The music complements the scenes perfectly, making them an emotional highlight of the film.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • The first trailer manages to be a massive tearjerker just by the fact that it's got Pippin's Song playing over it.

Meta

  • The Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey reveals that the Bag End scenes for Sir Ian McKellen were shot on a green screen, separately from the other actors. This proved stressful for him as an actor and, after having a slight on-set breakdown, he very nearly decided that perhaps it was time for him to quit acting. He sent Peter Jackson an email telling him as much, whilst Peter had sent him a reassuring email telling him that they had gotten some good footage from the shoot and that everything was fine. The crew secretly decorated the actor's tent with some leftover props and it gave him enough of a boost to keep going.
  • In an interview back in 2008, Christopher Lee, said that while he would be enthusiastic to return to do The Hobbit, the trip to New Zealand would be too far from him at his age, he was over 86 at the time. While it doesn't change the fact that he truly is a Cool Old Guy in every sense of the word, it's very sobering to hear it coming from him.


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