Seen the last Hobbit film? Want more?
Here’s what we might see in the Extended Edition
— Naturally, here be Spoilers —
If you enjoyed The Battle of the Five Armies but, like me, were not fully satisfied due to certain omissions, the content of next year’s Extended Edition seems to be extremely promising; a definitive director’s cut to be shelved along with the other 5 equally-stupendous Middle-earth films.
During the World Premier in London, Peter Jackson already stated that there will be 30 minutes of new material.
That’s an entire half an hour of scenes, ladies and gentlemen, that will hopefully “beef up” the content of Film 3: not necessarily because it is needed, but more to fuel the burning desires of us Tolkien fans for more Middle-earth!
Let’s have a look at what we missed from the trailers (and beyond), and speculate on what may be added to the extended cut …
Attack on Lake-town
In my opinion one of the best openings from any of the Middle-earth films, I wouldn’t mind a few extra scenes or shots sprinkled here and there.
Take this terrifying shot of Smaug obliterating one of Lake-town’s alleys, from the teaser trailer:
If there’s a scene with Smaug and Lake-town, there must be a Bowman somewhere too …
Case in point, these nail-biting shots from the main trailer featuring Luke Evans’ Bard in a spot of bother!
Whether this moment occurs before or after Bard’s famous deed is up for debate. But considering he’s got his bow and arrows with him, I’m guessing it’s somewhere during the attack, whilst he’s on the bell tower…
Shores of the Long Lake
Peter Jackson gave us some breathtaking New Zealand imagery, as the survivors of Lake-Town scramble to the shore.
We also witnessed the departure of the remaining dwarves as they head back to the Lonely Mountain; and Tauriel and Legolas walking among the desperation of the stricken people.
This shot could be an extended scene of the two Elves coming to terms with the devastation before them: prior to Legolas making reference to Mount Gundabad and his intention to journey there.
Sauron in Dol Guldur
I may be wrong, but this moment – featuring a fantastic shot of Sauron ablaze on the steps of a Dol Guldur staircase – was not in the final film.
Unfortunately, what we got was a serious of epileptic-inducing flashes of Sauron’s eye.
Was this simply a work-in-progress image before the final result? Or is there more to the Galadriel/Sauron confrontation?
I’m really rooting for the latter … look at that bad guy pose: it’s awesome!
The Guardians of the Three
In a recent interview (I believe it was the podcast by Empire Magazine), Philippa Boyens stated that there may be more focus on the Dol Guldur subplot and a more intricate look at the Guardians of the Three Rings (Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf).
In addition, the soundtrack list to The Battle of the Five Armies includes the “Extended Version” of this track – further hinting at a longer scene to come.
(In that same podcast, Boyens had also said Bombur could have a line or two of dialogue. But whether we should take this with a pinch of salt or not, is not certain at this point …)
Radagast’s staff exchange
It might not disrupt the viewing pleasures of the general moviegoer, but as fans we want to witness the moment Radagast hands over his staff to Gandalf.
It would have been useless if the filmmakers decided to give Gandalf a new staff for The Hobbit without making reference to how he got the one in The Lord of the Rings.
There’s nothing definitive on whether this scene actually exists but from the video production diaries posted online, this behind the scenes shot hints towards that possibility (note: the scene in the image takes place after Radagast rescues Gandalf from Dol Guldur and takes him to the eaves of Mirkwood).
A Thief in the Night
Again, we can only rely on the spoken word here, but James Nesbitt had said in an interview that he and Martin Freeman shot a scene involving their characters, prior to Bilbo sneeking out of Erebor to present the Arkenstone in front of Bard and Thranduil.
Azog’s Army Marching towards Erebor
We got the whole earth-digging worms; but the scene where the Orc army marches through the newly-dug tunnels like ants was not in the final cut.
This gorgeous sweeping shot from the main trailer gives us a better glimpse of the vast extent of Azog’s army, prior to the ensuing battle.
Also, I do not remember this shot where Azog lifts both arms up as his army marches forth.
I’m pretty sure this occurs some time before the orcs pass through the tunnels – since, during the battle, Azog is always on Ravenhill (with the big kite-signifier-thingy behind him).
The Dwarven Chariot Chase
This shot was perhaps one of the highlights of the teaser trailer.
Unfortunately, whilst the choreography looked promising, the CGI wizardy lacked realism (look at Balin and Kili’s stiff reactions to the chariot jolt!).
Perhaps, Peter Jackson was right to cut it out, though I doubt it was for unrealistic visual effects reasons.
Nevertheless, I’m intrigued to see how it would have played out in the narrative.
Is this soon after the Elven army’s encampment in Dale? And what might four of Thorin’s companions be doing out there in the cold?
Whether this will ultimately be included in the Extended Edition or remain as a speculative deleted scene, we’re bound to the waiting game …
Elven Arrows vs Dwarven Ballistas
The main trailer would have us believe that, at one point, the Elf and Dwarf hosts fire on each other: one relying on the sheer number of arrows in their quivers and the other on their impressive projectiles.
Placing the two shots after each other seems to imply a shared event (something known as the Kuleshov Effect in film theory, but that’s for another time).
I’m still hesitant whether these actually occur in the same instant. Furthermore, I doubt that the shot of the Elven army is complete (notice the lack of a Lake-town contingent amid the ranks, as clearly defined in the final film).
However, knowing Peter Jackson’s delight in making the most of a battle, I do not doubt the Dwarven Ballistas will be featured in the Extended Edition: perhaps as Troll repellents? It is a plausible possibility …
“Everything I did … I did for them.”
Whilst these lines seem to occur moments before the Company charges out of Erebor, Thorin finds himself in a narrow corridor – rather than in the large courtyard inside the sealed front gate.
Everything in this shot (from the clothing, to Thorin’s tone of voice), seems to point towards a dwarf king who has repented of his actions and has laid aside his lust for gold.
But who might he be talking to? Will Thorin strike another conversation with Dwalin; that last of which ended rather shockingly, when he threatened to kill one of his most loyal companions?
Whatever it may be, I hope it makes the cut. Richard Armitage continues to impress with his acting skills as Thorin. Bravo!
Charge of the Dwarves
Undoubtedly, this was one of the shots that made me jump up and down with excitement after seeing the teaser trailer.
A host of dwarves charging on giant rams? Brilliant.
And it happens to be one of those scenes you immediately think about after viewing the film. Leaving you wondering what ever happened to it.
But we can almost be certain of its inclusion in the Extended Edition.
How else would you explain Thorin, Fili, Kili and Dwalin finding four such bighorned sheep amid the battlefield and riding towards Ravenhill?
Anyone thinking of the Rohirrim at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields? 😉
Charge of the Lake-town Women
I may be wrong here, but this penultimate shot from the main trailer seems to involve a furious clash between Azog’s orcs and survivors of Lake-town.
What’s more, said survivors appear to be female.
Yet again, it would make sense to see such a scene. At one point, we did get one of the women (can’t think of her name) proclaim to the others around her to help in repelling the Orc army.
Unfortunately, we never actually got to witness this act of pure bravery. If included in the Extended Edition, it would make the Battle that more exciting and emotional.
And from the looks of it, it seems more gritty and visceral combat shots are in store for us.
Bilbo’s Shining Moment
More Bilbo please!
Even if it means a few precious seconds of Martin Freeman’s stellar performance, such as the case in this shot.
“When faced with death, what can anyone do?”
Bilbo, undoubtedly in Dale, seems to be contending with an important figure who may help tip the battle in their favour. Is it Gandalf (would he ever talk to the wizard like that), or perhaps Thranduil?
Gandalf gets Eloquent
“You have but one question to answer. How shall this day end?”
Absolutely no idea where to place this.
Considering the lack of pointy hat, this may occur half-way through the battle.
As to who Gandalf may be talking to, is almost impossible to say at this point. But I always thought he was directing his question to one of the “good folks” (either Thranduil or Dáin).
The wizard endorses his headmastery side, as if rebuking children who are constantly bickering between themselves (Elves and Dwarves, anyone?)
Seeing how it has been featured over and over again in many TV spots, I’m guessing we’re bound to discover where this scene takes place, sometime next year.
The Company of Thorin: Battle Moments
In numerous interviews over these last three years, we’ve had both actors playing the dwarves and the filmmakers themselves speaking about each of the dwarf’s moment during the Battle.
We were told that each dwarf will get play out his To be honest, seeing the lack of any character development in the dwarves (apart from Thorin and Kili), I find it hard to understand how we could get such scenes in the Extended. Still, I’d love to see whether we will actually see these – as they would significantly elevate Film 3 position even better.
One such “moment” involved the character of Bifur. William Kircher stated that something beautiful happens in connection with his character’s inability to speak any language other than Khuzdul. It can be assumed that: either the axe in his head ceases to be stuck in his head, or he learns to speak in the Common Tongue (aka English).
It’s these promisingly-beautiful insights that would make the concluding chapter of The Hobbit an even more deserving film.
Thorin’s Funeral and Dáin’s Coronation
Two scenes that have been sorely missed.
Yet, fear not! For it seems that both sequences (at least the funeral) have been filmed and could potentially be part of the 30-minute material.
Take a look at this very dark image (probably from a book) of the scene in question. (Big thumbs up to herr-der-ringe-film.de for providing this image on their Facebook page here)
I’m getting excited just looking at it … and did you noticed Beorn to the extreme left of the image? And the Dwarves in the background?
Furthermore, I haven’t yet been through the Chronicles book of The Battle of the Five Armies, but apparently there’s artwork of Dáin wearing the crown of the king.
This could be another indication that we may get a coronation scene of sorts … Where’s that pre-order button?!
Beorn’s Busting Bear
“[T]he extended cut, which will be about 30 minutes longer, will have some additional Beorn stuff”, said Peter Jackson at a press junket.
Let’s hope so.
Whilst his shape-shifting sky-diving stunt was impressive, it lasted less than 30 seconds.
For such an important character during the Battle, here’s hoping for more Beorn madness.
We also saw a bruised Beorn in the special features of the Extended Edition of The Desolation of Smaug. Does he acquire does during the Battle or was he supposed to be part of the Dol Guldur attack?
Remember the Lego sets that were released prior to each movie?
There was a set for The Desolation of Smaug by the name of “Dol Guldur Ambush”, featuring Beorn and two orcs in the ruins of Dol Guldur.
Actor Mikael Persbrandt had once commented on an interrogation scene he had filmed – which was very “embarassing”.
Given the clues we’ve been given about him being captured by the orcs and chained (at the start of Film 2), could this scene originally intended for The Desolation of Smaug, find its way in the Extended Cut of Film 3?
The Troll Hoard
In the book, Bilbo’s return to the Shire isn’t complete without the finding of the buried treasure looted from the trolls’ cave.
In An Unexpected Journey, this is confirmed by Ian Holm’s statement that it still “smells of troll”, not to mention Bofur, Nori and Gloin “making a long-term deposit”: hinting that we may yet get to watch a scene where the hobbit and the wizard unearth some of these treasures.
Furthermore, reference could be made of Bilbo’s acquisition of the orc helmets and weapons: both those hanging in his study and the ones Frodo discovers in his chest.
Towards the end of Film 3, Bilbo returns back to the Shire burdened with much memorabilia: including what looks like a dwarven shirt, his mithril shirt and several other objects.
We may yet see how the hobbit acquired these in the Extended Edition …
There are currently no release dates yet for the Extended Edition of The Battle of the Five Armies; however, it is safe to assume that we might be able to grab our own copy early November next year (if traditions are respected).
That said, there have been rumours that we might even get it as early as July … hurrah! 🙂
In the meantime, I’ll continue updating this post with any new information related to the Extended Edition.
If you’ve heard or read something, please share it with us in the comments below and I’ll include it in this post.
Come on, let’s finish the final Middle-earth film with a real bang! 🙂
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