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.