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Tear Jerker / The Hobbit

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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.
  • Bert, Tom, and William being turned to stone. They were essentially just predators doing what predators were supposed to do. While they were an obstacle that needed to be overcome, it becomes Harsher in Hindsight when it's revealed in Lord Of The Rings that they did not turn back to normal at nightfall and were instead left as stone forever. Considering how affable they were doesn't help matters.
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  • Since Bilbo left with no mention of telling everyone where he was going and hasn't returned for months, a year after his departure he arrives back to Back End to find he has been declared legally dead and his stuff is being auctioned off (indeed the better bits are already gone) and Otho and Lobelia Sackville-Baggins are ready to move in. What's more, getting the legally dead status revoked and the auction declared null and void proves such a hassle he has to resort to buying his own things back.


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.
  • Specifically Bombur as well, who is given extra focus to show just what kind of awful, undiscriminating place the battlefield is. He is given extra focus and becomes Bilbo's friend throughout the travels. Like in the books, he is repeatedly shown as not a fighter, but still gets caught up in the company's 'war' manifesto. When we next see the poor guy, it's during the battle montage, where his bravado has shifted to utter confusion and terror, as all he can do is grasp his sword, frozen, before getting stabbed onscreen (without blood, but his agonized expression says it all.) And unlike Thorin's death, which the reader gets plenty of warning for (and a nice speech to help ease).

The films


  • 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 Creator/PeterJackson 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.
    • And yet, and yet, he returned to do it, in the first and third films. Badass, indeed.
      • In fact, Peter Jackson decided that if Saruman couldn't come to Middle-Earth, Middle-Earth would come to him. Lee's work was shot on a sound stage and merged into the relevant scenes, so that he never had to leave the UK.
  • The music video for The Battle of the Five Armies' official song, "The Last Goodbye" sung by Billy Boyd, has scenes from both The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It also includes behind the scenes footage showing Peter Jackson hugging the cast members from both trilogies after filming had wrapped. The song's content and video really hammers in the fact that The Battle of the Five Armies is truly the last Middle Earth film.
  • The Appendices of The Battle Of The Five Armies has a bonus video that pays tribute to cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who died of a heart attack in April 2015. Philipa Boyens mentions that the first people who sent their condolences were the cast who'd worked with him over the years, saying that it shows how much of a family they were. The other person interviewed in the video was Christopher Lee, who said that he considered Andrew to be the greatest cinematographer he'd ever worked with (and considering how many films he'd been in, that's saying a lot). The tear jerker factor is raised even higher when you remember that this was only two months before Christopher himself sadly passed away, as well.


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