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Jan 222015

A four hour fan edit of the trilogy!

Many fans have been waiting for the theatrical version of The Battle of the Five Armies to hit online, so they can begin to re-cut and edit what many feel is an oversized version of The Hobbit by Peter Jackson!

One of the first of these edits is now available for viewing online…

A fan of both the book and the films, Tolkien Editor has re-cut these three films into a single four hour film at a resolution of  720×576 in a MP4s format, which he says is comparable to DVD quality.

This is what Tolkien Editor has to say about his re-edit of the film…

Let me start by saying that I enjoy many aspects of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Overall, however, I felt that the story was spoiled by an interminable running time, unengaging plot tangents and constant narrative filibustering. What especially saddened me was how Bilbo (the supposed protagonist of the story) was rendered absent for large portions of the final two films. Back in 2012, I had high hopes of adding The Hobbit to my annual Lord of the Rings marathon, but in its current bloated format, I simply cannot see that happening.

So, over the weekend, I decided to condense all three installments (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies) into a single 4-hour feature that more closely resembled Tolkien’s original novel. Well, okay, it’s closer to 4.5 hours, but those are some long-ass credits! This new version was achieved through a series of major and minor cuts, detailed below…

You can go HERE to see this edit of the film and read more about what was removed and what was left in in this revised cut made from Peter Jackson’s trilogy.

To be honest, I would like to try my own hand at editing these films. I would still maintain a trilogy format, but I would have begun the first film with a prologue of Gandalf entering Dol Guldur and retrieving the key and map from Thrain. As much as I like his character, I would eliminate Radagast from these films altogether along with any mention or images of the tombs of the Nazgûl and the Morgul blade. I would have placed the prologue of Smaug attacking Erebor into the dinner scene at Bag End as it was in the books and would leave out any reference to the Battle of Azanulbizar at the east gate of Moria. And that just the start!

I haven’t yet had a chance to see Tolkien Editors version of the films, but plan to watch it soon! Let us know what you would keep or take out of The Hobbit trilogy if you had the chance to edit the movie!


 January 22, 2015  Posted by at 8:07 am
  • Random Musings

    I would love to edit out the duplicate scene in ROTK EE of the ghost army attacking the ships and then attacking at the port of Minas Tirith. Also the witch king knocking gandalf down during the siege is just wrong, as it Aragorn cutting of the Mouth of Sauron’s head.
    The Hobbit isn’t alone in its flaws, its just people are lessing willing to forgive them than in the LOTR.

  • Agreed… for the most part. I do like the scene of Gandalf and the Witch-king… but why wasn’t this placed at the gate after Grond breaks it? For me this is on of the most iconic scenes in the entire LOTRs… I was so upset when it was not included in the theatrical version. I could have done without the charging trolls.

  • Random Musings

    I suppose to essentially have the battle stop so that Gandalf and the witch king could have a chat would bring the level of believability down a notch or two 😉

  • In the book the armies of Mordor never enter the city, so i suppose when the script writers made the decision to have the orcs armies charge into the cities many levels, in order to ramp up the sense of impending doom, the scene between Gandalf and the Witch-king was bound to get cut from the from gate crash. Plus from a film perspective, this scene wouldn’t make any sense. You have this build up to the gate being smashed open, then you have Gandalf confronting the Witch-king and then right in this pivotal moment, he simply disappears. One screen, that would be a major let down. Yet in the written form it works so well… sigh….

  • Random Musings

    Pretty much, although he disappears because Rohan had arrived.
    This is what happens in the EE it’s just he knocks Gandalf over and is just about to kill him and then departs. I think it makes more sense to not to fight then leave, rather than just about to deliver the killer blow but decide to leave instead.

  • Agreed…

  • I found another version, better done.
    I liked the “Tolkien Edit” version but it’s still too bloated. The “Dwarves of Erebor” version is much better and comes in at only 3.5 hours. There is also a second version with all the Dol Guldur stuff that was rearranged to look like a genuine prequel to Lord of the Rings. This is the real news if you ask me.
    I found it at hobbitfixer.tumblr,com if you want to read more about it.