Little Hobbit, The

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Little Hobbit, The
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Tagline:
There and back again in three hours
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2012
Original Running Time:
513
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
172
Time Cut:
341
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Brief Synopsis:
This edit is a little under three hours. The edit is missing all of the superfluous material from the trilogy. The edit also works as a true standalone movie and prequel that does not cash in on any Lord of the Rings references that a first time viewer — given he is watching these movies in chronological order — would not know about.
This means no old Bilbo, no Sauron, no Legolas, a less menacing Ring, and no Frodo.
Needless to say there is also no love triangle.
Intention:
I tasked myself to edit the trilogy into less than three hours while still ensuring a watchable movie.
I basically thought to myself what a standalone cinematic release of a single Hobbit movie would have looked like.
Additional Notes:
My version is called The Little Hobbit, based on its runtime but also because the book was originally published as Der Kleine Hobbit in Germany, and though the title was changed to Der Hobbit quite a while ago, the original title is still very common.
Special Thanks:
Special Thanks to ssj for his continuous support, feedback, and curation.

For their general interest, kind words and suggestions in the project thread I'd also like to thank bumkin, Brumous, hasmak, musiced921, TM2YC, Neglify, revel911, addiesin, BandobrasTuk, douchebag, DigModiFicaTion and darth-gary.
Most of all, thanks a lot to my girlfriend Steffi and my good friends Lores and Geoffrey for their valuable feedback on my earliest rough cuts.
Release Information
MP4/M4V/MOV
Cuts and Additions:
Among hundreds of small changes these are the most explicit ones:
- No prologue/old Bilbo
- Reworked opening monologue
- All flashbacks removed throughout the movies
- Shortened dwarf arrival
- No/as little as possible dwarf silliness and slapstick throughout the entire movie
- No dinner song
- No "I'm going on an adventure!"
- No orcs until BoTFA
- Troll scene trimmed/fight removed
- Radagast removed
- Rivendell trimmed
- Added extended scene of Elrond and Bilbo
- No council, Galadriel, Saruman
- No stone giants
- Goblin song removed, slapstick fight removed
- Gollum scene intact
- no orcs, wargs, eagles
- No Beorn
- Mirkwood trimmed; spiders severely trimmed; elven capture scene reduced to minimal
- No Tauriel, no Legolas, no love triangle
- No Gandalf side quest
- Barrel chase removed
- Laketown reduced to less than five minutes; no politics, no master, no Alfrid
- Dwarves find the hidden keyhole right away
- No orcs in Laketown
- Slapstick dragon fight and gold melting removed
- Bard doesn't use his son to fire the black arrow
- Laketown survivors plot reduced to minimal
- No Dol Guldur
- No Bard/Thorin negotiation
- Battle trimmed
- No auction or old Bilbo
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Overall rating 
 
9.3
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10.0  (2)
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9.5  (2)
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9.3
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0

Many Hobbit fanedits have emerged from Director Peter Jackson’s fertile raw material, but if you’re looking for the shortest 3-in-1 version, look no further. . . or higher. Clocking in at two hours, fifty-two minutes, this version provides a breezy hobbit fix that nevertheless doesn’t feel rushed.

Whereas the single-movie fanedits of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug removed enough filler to keep the stories functional as stand-alone movies, 3-in-1 edits can be more ambitious in their condensations.

Mammam, by aggressively removing certain scenes wholesale, has brilliantly solved problems that earlier edits tackled with varying degrees of success. To my delight, the love triangle and almost the entirety of Laketown have been expunged. Some edits have pulled off fantastic color grading to hide Smaug’s improbable gold coating, but Mammam deals with it by dispensing with it.

Or take the barrel ride, which was trimmed mercilessly to keep the edit focused on character moments and less on action. All the problems associated with the sequence have been swept away, so to speak, by not giving it much air in the first place.

No longer does Bilbo have to point out a dwarven staircase to the dwarves who would know best of its presence, nor do the dwarves sulk away from their quest after minor door-opening difficulties and expository chatter.

This is just my personal preference, but I was hoping the warg battle and Beorn’s hospitality would have been retained, but I understand the editor’s intent was to keep the story moving, and that keeping these elements would have necessitated keeping other interstitial bits and padding.

The video looked crisp, and I didn’t notice any audio issues.

Although this is a lean, perhaps the leanest, version of The Hobbit franchise, think of it not as a hurried experience, but one that has shed the excesses of the original, excesses that slowed down the narrative. This wonderfully condensed version of The Hobbit is one that could have been released by a more focused studio and a more focused Peter Jackson.

I had the pleasure of reviewing this edit for approval and now look forward to Mammam’s future edits. And once I’m finished reading The Hobbit with my kid (we’re about halfway through), I plan to introduce her to the Jacksonian telling by showing her this edit.

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(Updated: December 17, 2016)
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9.3
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I'm sincere, I do not think the Hobbit movies are bad movies, they are quite repetitive and they have very mediocre scenes, but in general they are decent movies (although they are not at the LOTR level).

What I call the attention of this edition was its duration: 3 movies in 170 minutes ?, Surprisingly I think not much has been lost, many transitions are quite intelligent, the movie has a constant rhythm and at the same time the scenes take their time . Not only that but he has removed almost all of the subplot of Laketown, Tauriel, Alfrid, Radagast, most of the Orcs and even the Bard Daughters. Being honest he feels quite close to what could have been The Hobbit adapted to film (being a faithful adaptation) . Most of the movie is only the best scenes of the movies, so you do not have to wait until the boring policy of Laketown ends or a long battle with the goblins. I think that the rhythm of the movie is exactly the one that should have been given to The Hobbit Movie (as a single movie, of course)

I also love being cut off almost all of Laketown stuff, one of my biggest problems with Smaug's desolation is that we spend too much time in Laketown and Laketown is fucking boring, I'm not interested in anything that happens there, even in scenes where At last we see Smaug, they continue to emphasize Laketown, that I love this edition does not even feel that something is missing, I do not think Laketown takes more than 5 minutes, I'm surprised that even if it parallels the book, it really tries to be a Adaptation and not a purist version.

Unfortunately, not everything is perfect, personally I think that although most of the transactions worked, there were some that did not work for me.


-We had two dwarves at first to have the house full of dwarves and Gandalf in the house and Bilbo not say nothing, I think we should keep the discussion between Gandalf and Bilbo that his house is full of dwarfs.

-I did not like the removal of the prologue, it gives a clearer context about the trip, but it is my opinion.

-Kili goes to look for Bilbo and out of nowhere they caught everyone

-The dwarves fall covered with cobwebs and out of nowhere are they standing and clean

-Something strange felt the way I started the part of the Battle of the five armies (the movie), I think I should start directly with the dwarves looking for gold and then Thorin complaining that he does not appear.

- When the statue falls, Bilbo says they are crazy and should avoid war, when there has been no mention of it, if you are going to cut the scene where Bard and Thorin speak, you should eliminate all references.

-This is not a mistake, but I think we should not eliminate Bilbo by revealing to Thorin that he gave the Arkestone, so the final scene when they speak has more emotional, but it's a personal idea, nothing more.

-I'm also no fan of the way you edit the battle of the Five Army, I think it would have been better if the battle started when Thorin leaves the Mountain and then used the scene of the battle chariot and then Thorin confronts Azog, I would only have liked to see more of the dwarves in the battle, since we had little of them and more of characters that ara unknown for the audience, also the sandworms felt left over, but again it's just as I would have done.It's your edition, you're free to do it however you like

But apart from that, it's a good edition, it lasts what should last, and is the closest edition to what would happen if it were made a movie of the solitary Hobbit. Although I personally like the original films , this is a good alternative way to see it,

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