Tear Jerker / The Hobbit

The novel

  • The deaths of Thorin, Fíli, and Kíli, and particularly the Final Speech of the first:
    "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're the youngest of the group, which, when you know about how Tolkien fought in World War I, makes the terrible waste of young men's lives all the more poignant.

The animated movie

  • Although it's pretty short and limited (may or may not because of Limited Animation), Thorin's death scene is played as sad as possible, with Thorin apologizes and makes peace with Bilbo for calling him a coward before. Also, the Death by Adaptation for some other dwarves.
    Bilbo: How many of our original company are left?
    Gandalf: Only seven.
    Bilbo: What about Thorin?
    Gandalf: Soon it will be six.

The films