What's the Difference between The Hobbit the Book and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug the Movie?

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The Hobbit

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Released: 1937
Author: J.R.R Tolkien

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Released: 2013
Director: Peter Jackson
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   Gandalf never goes to Dol Guldur. He infiltrates the Necromancer’s stronghold in Dol Guldur.
   Legolas does not appear in the Hobbit. He does. He is one of the wood elves who take Thorin and the others captive.
   There is no femaile Woodland Elf named Tauriel. There is.
   The dwarves are sealed inside barrels as they escape from the Elven King's Hall by floating down the river. They arrive at Lake Town where Bilbo opens the barrels to release them. They are not sealed, but ride down the river with their heads sticking out.
   The dwarves were taken to Beorn's house by Gandalf and introduced to Beorn one or two at a time. They were chased to Beorn's house by Beorn himself.
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In the book, there was no romance! In the movie Legolas was in love with Tauriel, but Tauriel fell in love with Kili the dwarf.
24 Aug 2014 Anonymous
In the book the bird played an important role in helping Bilbo solve the puzzle. In the movie, the bird only appears right before the keyhole becomes visible.
27 May 2014 Anonymous
also, in the movie, Bilbo was sent just for the arkenstone, whereas, in the book, the dwarves didn't specify that they wanted him to just steal the arkenstone, they expressed that he should steal as much as he could
28 Apr 2014 Anonymous
The movie isn't just drawing from the book, it takes from the appendices in LotR, Unfinished Tales and Histories of Middle Earth... plus adding some new stuff inspired by Tolkien..
05 Jan 2014 Anonymous
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31 Dec 2013 Anonymous
the dragon speaks like a retard
30 Dec 2013 Anonymous
'Gandalf never goes to Dol Guldur.' While not stated in the book. Tolkien does indicate that Gandalf enters Dol Guldur. The first time was in T.A. 2063 and the Necromancer flees east. He returns in T.A. 2850 where he finds a tortured and dying Thráin, who gives him a map and key (later passed on to Thorin). Gandalf will enter Dol Guldur a third time (during the same period as the Hobbit) as the White Council attacks and forces Sauron to flee once more--this time to Mordor. Gandalf orchestrates t
30 Dec 2013 Anonymous
Legolas is not called out in The Hobbit, although it is likely he was present, since his father was Thranduil, king of the woodland elves.
19 Dec 2013 KRM
You did see the Dol Goldur aligned with the "IN THE BOOK" column, right? It didn't happen in The Hobbit book.
16 Dec 2013 Anonymous
Gandalf goes to Dol Goldur, it's just not covered in the actual Hobbit book. It's covered in Unfinished Tales, an appendice of JRR Tolkein's unfinished writings. It is part of canon.
14 Dec 2013 Anonymous


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