It seems Kili is determined to take over …
Not only did we get two Hobbit films concentrating on just one brother’s character – leaving poor Fili mostly out of the story – but he’s also been given his sibling’s own place at a certain moment in An Unexpected Journey.
Let me explain …
Remember that sequence in Film 1, involving the Stone Giants and the Company’s perilous journey to find shelter?
And do you also recall the moment when the Company is split into two as they realize they’ve been travelling on the knees of one of these giants?
Then you perhaps noticed that the Company was split in such a way:
Thorin, Gloin, Oin, Balin, Bifur, Dori, Nori, Kili
Fili, Bofur, Bilbo, Dwalin, Ori, Bombur
“Why is all this important?” I hear you ask.
So far so good.
As soon as the Stone Giant falls – his knee crashing against the mountain side – Thorin runs towards them, fearing the worst.
Most of all, he fears for his nephew – and next in line to the throne.
What does he say instead?
He shouts his other nephew’s name (who is really just a few paces behind him) and looking towards the rest of the Company – who are shown to have survived the impact – we see Fili on the floor.
Now, I’ve checked and re-checked. I’ve played that scene many times; scouring through transcripts of the film; analyzed ever shot to make sure I hadn’t missed something.
But the fact is: It is Fili who’s almost crushed to death, but Kili is the name Thorin shouts out.
Now, it’s quite an easy thing to confuse. Fili and Kili, unlike the other similarly-named dwarves, have only one letter to differentiate them.
The majority of fans have certainly confused the two at one point or other. I did.
The filmmakers themselves have admitted (in one of the behind the scenes features for the Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey) that they often confused the two names.
So perhaps, could this little moment in the film be proof that such error and confusion made its way to the finished product of the film? Perhaps everyone at the time of recording the scene and then during ADR session, thought about “Fili” but the name “Kili” kept being referenced.
Poor Fili! I just keep feeling sorry about him not making much impact in this Trilogy so far. The Desolation of Smaug did try to improve on that, but There and Back again should
really divert much of the attention from his brother and focus on Fili – at least, to balance out the characterizations of both, in comparison with Thorin’s.
Fingers crossed …
Plus, shall we all form a fan crusade in support of Dean O’Gorman’s Fili and reinstate his reputation alongside that of his brother’s?
[P.S. Anyone else ever notice this Fili/Kili swap in the Stone Giants sequence? It was quite evident to me the first time I saw it in cinemas …]