As the final Hobbit film draws a close to the epic series of movies, here is a look back at my favourite moments of the journey.
5. The Eagles Save Thorin’s Company
I remember reading the book and being utterly terrified by that scene—where the characters could be burned alive, fall to their deaths, or be eaten by wolves, and not necessarily in that order. The films captured the moment perfectly. Even knowing what happened, I was glued to my seat in the cinema.
4. Drums in the Deep
While not as close to the book, I love the entire scene in Moria, starting with Gandalf reading from the journal, Pippin’s unfortunate incident “Fool of a Took!” and Boromir’s snarky “They have a cave troll!” This scene almost made me want to visit Moria. Almost. I loved the lighting and set design, as well as the opening part of the battle before it got CGI heavy with the troll. Also, this scene is more potent with the three Hobbit films, since we got to know some of the dwarf skeletons lying there.
3. Fall Back to Minas Tirith
One of a handful of watchable scenes in Return of the King in my opinion, I completely wore out this chapter on my DVD by watching it over and over. It could be any of the many battles for Osgiliath, including the one cut from the movies that involved Boromir and Faramir swimming the Anduin (why? why did they cut that?). For some reason I love the sneak attack and night battle through ruins, followed by a desperate retreat.
2. Thorin Oakenshield Returns
In Battle of the Five Armies, you can feel the frustration of the Company as their King all but deserts them for his madness. The moment when Thorin sheds his golden robes and marches in back to his old honourable self, ready to charge out of the Mountain, is perhaps the most beautiful in the entire Trilogy. While not a scene from the book, it nevertheless brought tears to my eyes when I saw it in the theatre. Thorin is my favourite character in the Hobbit, so perhaps that had something to do with it! In the black carpet premiere, Richard mentioned this was the most moving scene for him as well, when speaking with TOR.n
1. Fear No Darkness!
While not as impressive as the version in the book, it is nevertheless an incredible moment in the Trilogy. I am utterly biased with my love for Minas Tirith, and a part of me is with those defenders looking up to hear the clear ringing of trumpets as the sun pierces what in the book was a night so black you could barely see the warriors beside you (I took the liberty of photoshopping the screencap to get closer to the description). I recall reading in one of his letters that this was a favourite moment of Tolkien’s as well, and I can well believe it. I think perhaps it was my memory of the book scene that caused me to put this as #1, since they didn’t do a very good job of it in the film. Even badly done, it is still my favourite scene in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. I think that speaks to the power of Tolkien’s writing.