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2.19.14 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Film Comments 20, “On the Doorstep,” Part 2)

Thorin & Co. "On the Doorstep" regard the ruins of Dale (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, New Line Cinema, 2013)

Thorin & Co. “On the Doorstep” regard the ruins of Dale (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, New Line Cinema, 2013)

Good Morning, Everyone!

Yesterday I recounted the main elements of “Chapter 11: On the Doorstep,” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic children’s story, The Hobbit.  Today, it’s time to see how Peter Jackson adapted the chapter in his recent film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Bilbo at the Front Gate (Martin Freeman)

Bilbo at the Front Gate (Martin Freeman)

— while the dwarves make their way up the Lonely Mountain, they take in the ruined city of Dale, the Front Gate, and find the stairwell hidden in the side of a gigantic carven statue of a dwarf

Esgaroth, Concept Art from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (New Line, 2013)

Esgaroth, Concept Art from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (New Line, 2013)

— back in Esgaroth (Lake Town) night falls, and Bolg leads an orc-contingent into the town to find Thorin and the dwarves, making their way across rooftops until they reach Bard’s house, where the kids, Oin, Fili, and Bofur are tending to the worsening Kili.

Gandalf (Ian McKellen) in Dol Guldur

Gandalf (Ian McKellen) in Dol Guldur

— in Dol Guldur, Gandalf completes his brief escape from Azog, wargs, and orcs, only to confront a black cloud that coalesces into a returned Sauron — after magical battle, Gandalf is pinned against a wall & captured, helplessly watching as orc army begins to emerge from the fortress…

— at the Lonely Mountain, the dwarves ascend the hidden stairwell, frustratingly try to enter the hidden door, feel despair when the sun sets and no keyhole, and leave the landing after Thorin throws the key on the ground

Thorin Holds the Key

Thorin (Richard Armitage) Holds the Key

— alone, Bilbo hears the thrush knock, sees the moonlight shine upon a keyhole, but can’t find the key on the ground in the dark; accidentally kicks it, but a returned Thorin catches the key in mid-air…inserts key in lock, and door opens

Next time:  What I liked about the adaptation of Chapter 11: On the Doorstep!

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