Top Ten Differences Between the Hobbit Book and Films

IronSabbathPriest
Differences between JRR Tolkien's novel and Peter Jackson's movie trilogy.

I'd like to say, the Hobbit did not need to be three movies, and while they aren't bad, the book was better.

The Top Ten

1 Azog the Defiler and Bolg feature as major antagonists in the movies

But are only mentioned a few times in the book. In fact, Azog is supposed to be dead from the start. - IronSabbathPriest

I was so mad when they added these two. - Rambles

2 Radagast the Brown is featured in the films

I thought he was great in the films.

An Istari wizard who again, is only mentioned in the book. - IronSabbathPriest

3 Kili the dwarf and Tauriel the elf have a romance as a subplot in the films

A stupid idea that adds nothing whatsoever. Tauriel was a new character that was created simply for this. - IronSabbathPriest

This was such a bad idea and executed badly at that.

This subplot was awful. - Rambles

4 The Necromancer is revealed to be Sauron in the movies

In the book it is hinted that Gandalf goes to Dol-Guldur to investigate the Necromancer, but is seen in more detail in the Desolation of Smaug and the Battle of the Five Armies. - IronSabbathPriest

5 Legolas appears in the movies

The character who is Legolas does in fact appear in the Hobbit book, though he is not named and is literally only mentioned once, simply as the son of the king of the wood elves. Its him though, and Peter Jackson seized on this tiny thread to capitalize on both Legolas and Orlando Bloom's popularity.

Probably to appease Lord of the Rings fans. But really I think it was because Jackson wanted to spend all his CGI budget. - IronSabbathPriest

6 The "Barrels Out of Bond" chapter is extended in the Desolation of Smaug

In the book they keep the lids on the barrels and it's all very peaceful. In the movie they are attacked by Bolg and his pack of Orcs. - IronSabbathPriest

7 The dwarfs have a fight with Smaug towards the end of the Desolation of Smaug film

Which angers Smaug and prompts him to destroy Laketown. In the book Bilbo steals a cup which angers Smaug so he Flies off. Bilbo and the dwarves originally don't know where he went but it is revealed in chapter 14 he went to destroy Laketown. - IronSabbathPriest

8 Bard smuggles Bilbo and the dwarves into Laketown in the movie

In the book he does not appear until chapter 14, when he kills the dragon with a black arrow. - IronSabbathPriest

9 Bombur the dwarf doesn't speak English in the movies

He's one of the most vocal dwarfs in the book too. I liked him in the movie though.

Dunno why. He's still the fat one though. - IronSabbathPriest

10 The Hobbit was originally one book, but made into three films

The biggest difference is also the most obvious, so I saved it till last. - IronSabbathPriest

The Contenders

11 Bilbo Saves the Dwarves from Tom, William and Bert in the Movie Instead of Gandalf.
12 There were no potatoes in the book

While the movie had many potatoes growing in the back round if you take a closer look, but none mentioned in the book

13 Thorin's Funeral and Dain's Coronation

They left it out of the film! (Except the extended version) I was so mad they didn't keep it in the final cut. A very important scene, especially since so much focus was on Thorin in the last two films, instead of Bilbo.

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1. Azog the Defiler and Bolg feature as major antagonists in the movies
2. Kili the dwarf and Tauriel the elf have a romance as a subplot in the films
3. Legolas appears in the movies
Rambles
1. Azog the Defiler and Bolg feature as major antagonists in the movies
2. The Necromancer is revealed to be Sauron in the movies
3. Radagast the Brown is featured in the films
IronSabbathPriest
1. The Hobbit was originally one book, but made into three films
2. Radagast the Brown is featured in the films
3. Bard smuggles Bilbo and the dwarves into Laketown in the movie
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