The Hobbit: Book Vs Movie

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“The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader. That’s why we go to movies and say, ‘Oh, the book is better’”(Paulo Coelo). Sometimes, like stated in the quote, the movie turns out awful because of director modifications. But, every once in awhile, the changes will actually enhance the story. The Hobbit is an example of that. The book, the Hobbit, is a book by J. R. R Tolkien and was adapted as a movie trilogy by Peter Jackson. The scene that is being analyzed is in the first of the three movies, “An Unexpected Journey”. It is about Bilbo, a carefree Hobbit, who gets taken on an adventure with 13 other dwarves and wizard to reclaim their lost gold. In this fantasy world, there are many dangers, such as trolls and goblins,…show more content…
In this section, Bilbo is much more assertive in the movie than he is in the book. Bilbo does a lot more than Gandalf in the eventual rescue of the dwarves. For example, ¨No good boilin em! We ain 't got no water, and it 's a long way to the well and all,’said a voice”(Tolkien 40). This quote shows how Gandalf is the one who tricks the trolls into arguing, not Bilbo. Tolkien wanted Gandalf to be the one who rescued them, being the mentor in Bilbo’s “Hero 's Journey”, but it instead made Bilbo seem weak and pointless. Without a doubt, Bilbo does next to nothing after being caught, and never takes a leadership role. This impacts the course of the story because it does not allow Bilbo to develop and grow as a character. In the film, Jackson edited the story, and made Bilbo stall for more time, not Gandalf. Gandalf still eventually liberates them from the trolls’ captivity by breaking a stone but otherwise, Bilbo is more in charge. Clearly, this was a very efficient adjustment made by Peter Jackson. This helps Bilbo grow more as a character, and makes him take a more important position. But, this does not take away from Gandalf, however, because it still shows that he has tremendous power breaking a giant stone in half to expose the trolls to sunlight. This scene of the movie developed Bilbo better as a character and made him more important, and is another reason why the director alterations enhanced the

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