Dec 18 2014 11:52am

Saying Goodbye to The Hobbit: Thorin and Bilbo, Kili and Tauriel

I feel as though I could provide a hundred different quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s works that all convey the same message, the one of letting go. Which, as true to Tolkien as can be, itself is a phrase jam-packed with meaning. It can mean a temporary parting, it could be saying good-bye for the very final time. Just as Gandalf was once infamously good morning-ed by a particularly sassy hobbit on a fine spring day, we must now say goodbye to all of our friends.

It was a bitter thing, staying so long. It felt uncomfortable. Not just because this was the last time we’d get to see our favorites and marvel at how they are brought to life, but because this was the note we went out on. A movie that feels bloated. An intentional grab at more money by unnecessarily prolonging a franchise. The Middle Earth I know, the one I saw on screen for the first time so long ago, that one deserves better. So, from here on out, only the good. Come, let us return to Erebor...

First off, can we just talk for a minute about how it was incredibly awesome to watch the White Council totally wreck house? Oayk, in Lord of the Rings, you hear about Elrond, Sarumon, and Galadriel. You know that everyone respects and admires them. But watching Elrond mow through the Ringwraiths like butter? Seeing Sarumon do his wizard king fu? Watching Galadrial go full on Witch of the Wood on the specter of Sarumon?! Guys, this is the kind of stuff a fanboy lives for. though it does beg the question, why did these folks feel it so...unnecessary to assist in the War of the Ring? Another question for another day, I suppose.

On the subject of battle. The Battle of Five Armies was indeed that. It was everything an epic fantasy battle should be: Giant worms bursting from the earth, war goats, a dwarf with a thick Scottish accent, a mohawk, and a battle pig?! It feels like at some point between LoTR and The Hobbit, Peter Jackson stopped playing risk and started playing Dungeons and Dragons and it was glorious. 

But you didn't come here to talk battle, did you? You want to talk about the couple that has been on our minds here at H&H for a while now. Well, let me tell you something. Thorin and Bilbo's relationship is just as heartbreaking as we can imagine. I kid, though watching Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman interact is one of the highlights of the movie, next to Lee Pace. Lee Pace is an amazing actor, and this movie makes me realize all the more that he was completely wasted as Ronin the Accuser. Thorin and Bilbo's friendship feels more real than in any of the previous movies. You really don't want Bilbo to give away the Heart of the Mountain, but you know that he has to if he has any hope of saving his dear friend from himself. It's painful, and you feel it keenly through the acting, but that isn't quite the relationship we've covered here in the past, though I'm going to let it be known here that a shipping post on Thorin and Bilbo needs to happen.

Kili and Tauriel in The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies
Kili and Tauriel in The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies
Kili and Tauriel in The Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies

No, we all want to know about the resolution of Kili and Tauriel. The budding romance that was sold completely in Desolation of Smaug. Just so you know, it is as tragic as you can imagine. Jackson did not change the fate of the line of Durin. While not 100% in my predictions, I was close enough. Kili and Tauriel were lead into a trap by Bolg and Azog. And let's just say that Kili went out like a champ protecting what he loved. 

Okay, I know that I said no bad. I've tried. But here's the thing. The Hobbit is my favorite book ever, okay? It has been with me since I began reading full-length books. There is a parting line at the end—the words that Thorin shares with Bilbo on his death bed that have kind of been a personal motto to me. And Peter Jackson changes them. I don't know the reason. I don't know the inspiration. But it's there. I could have forgiven a great deal. Hell, they sold me on the idea of a trilogy with a trailer that included the Dwarves singing. You had one job, PJ. Just one.

Anyway. It was a sad note to go out on, one that we must accept and move past. There are still many other great films to appreciate, and going back to Middle Earth is never all that hard. At least for me.


Christopher Morgan is still looking  for his long lost (read: stolen) cup. He lives in New York with his wife and cats.

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1. Scarlettleigh
Oh, sounds like you had a bittersweet experience with the movie. Sometimes bittersweet works, other times, the disappointing part overshadows the good.

After reading your take on it, I'm sort of glad I never got hooked on this franchise. I'm a HEA type of person.

Thanks Christopher for your take on the Hobbit!
Christopher Morgan
2. cmorgan
Bittersweet is a great way to put it. I hope that being able to watch these back to back on a weekend and it will feel like a more cohesive story. Until then there is always Rankin and Bass.
Maggie Boyd
3. maggieboyd66
I'm sobbing as I type this. Well, no, but I am pretty ticked. I won't be able to see this till close to New Year's because a stupid relative of mine with no decency or kindness has chose to get married Christmas week and I must attend. So I am on the road and then devoting myself to family rather than watching the Hobbit. I should be packing right now. I'm so jealous. Really looking forward to seeing this.
Nicole Neal
4. icecharm
I have held off watching any of the Hobbit movies until I can watch them all at once.
rachel sternberg
5. rae70
The movie kept my interest though I am tired of the 3D and fake IMAX experience, should have just watched it in regular format (many movies look dark to me now at the theater and I was told its not just my eyes going bad, thats the way they are digitally filmed) Smaug was awesome and wished he had some more lines. Thorin's drawn out bout of dragon sickness annoyed me! I just couldn't see how the dwarves could be loyal to a mad king... Tauriel and Kili's doomed love affair, they didn't show enough of it for me to believe it.. Then the scene at the end where Legolas was speaking with his father made it sound like there might be another movie in the possible works..
6. Emma22
I was wondering if anyone had the spelling and translation of the quote Kili says to Tauriel in the pictures above when Kili gives her the moon ruin.
7. KB
Ooo Emma i wanted that too!!! It was killing me not knowing what he said :'(
8. Crimson
Kili says amrâlimê which is Khuzdul (1st person singular) for 'continue to love / to love excessively' basically he was telling her that he loves her, or that he is in love with her.

here is someone's tumblr with the scene subbed in a gif set

Hope that helps and if you have other questions about Khuzdul or Elvish you should use:

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