Let's Imagine a World Where 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Was Just a Single Movie

Editing wizard Joel Walden gives us a glimpse with an awe-inspiring trailer.

Let's Imagine a World Where 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Was Just a Single Movie
Warner Bros. Pictures

Long before movie studios began gleefully cutting stories in halves and thirds, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a book called The Hobbit. It wasn't a big book, coming in at just over half the length of The Fellowship of the Ring, but it told the complete adventures of Bilbo Baggins, barrel rider and burglar (among other things).

Peter Jackson's cinematic version — which includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — has bloated Bilbo's tale into an unexpected saga of new characters, new bad guys, and new subplots. It hasn't always been bad; sometimes it's even been downright enjoyable, but many Tolkien fans can't help but wonder what happened to their charming little yarn of adventure and courage. 

Let's Imagine a World Where 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Was Just a Single Movie
Warner Bros. Pictures

Somewhere, in some simpler, arguably better, parallel universe, the powers that be in Hollywood made The Hobbit into a single movie. Joel Walden created a trailer for that movie, expertly edited from the original trilogy. Watch it now and imagine what might have been. 

Would you rather have seen The Hobbit as a single movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

I am a former Senior Associate Editor for Livingly Media.
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