for tearjerkers related to the Peter Jackson films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- 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 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.