Extra Extended Editions: Memorable Additions to An Unexpected Journey

After Peter Jackson did his three part adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003) and its respective Extended Editions from 2002 to 2004, he decided to use the same strategy while working on his three part adaptation of The Hobbit (2012-2014) with the Extended Editions from 2013 to 2015.

An Unexpected Journey (2012) got thirteen extra minutes of footage from the Extended Edition.

  • The effects of Smaug’s silhouette match up with both The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
  • A flashback of a very young Bilbo witnessing Gandalf’s fireworks with Belladonna Took.
  • Greater connections to The Lord of the Rings book are found, specifically where Bilbo saw a painting of Sauron with the One Ring as in the picture above.
  • The Goblin King sings a song to the Dwarves.

They don’t add much to the original film, but they are minor yet lasting improvements, especially the foreshadowing to The Lord of the Rings.

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