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Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2012 / 2013 / 2014
Original Running Time:
532 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
299 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
This cut removes Azog as the main villain from the story. The side quests are also gone and the main focus remains on Bilbo's adventure. In addition most of the over-the-top action, violence and silly moments are gone, while still providing a functioning narrative.
Intention:
Like most LOTR fans, I was stoked when I heard that Peter Jackson would take us back to Middle-Earth in his adaption of "The Hobbit". When I heard, that the book, which was about 300 pages long was being made into a trilogy I got a little skeptical of the whole project but I was still excited what Jackson would do with the source material. When "An Unexpected Journey" came out it was a good movie but I still felt let down somehow. There were just so many unnecessary distractions from the main plot and too much violence for an adaptation of what Tolkien had intended to be a children's book. The second and final movie took most of my concerns to a whole other level. More violence, more cringy scenes and characters, more over-the-top action scenes...
Back then I didn't think about the possibility of "fixing" the trilogy but after discovering the world of fanedits almost a year ago and my New Zealand trip, which reignited my passion for everything LOTR related I decided to give this a shot and trim this trilogy down to get a little bit closer to the book.
Additional Notes:
This fanedit is available in two formats: The Anti-Cringe Cut, whis is one big movie (299min) and a miniseries, where the Anti-Cringe-Cut is split into five episodes (for details see "Changes").
Special Thanks:
- J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson
- New Zealand
- My wife
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
This fanedit was made using:
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Audition
Cuts and Additions:
THE MINISERIES:

The Anti-Cringe Cut is made "more digestible" by being split into five episodes:
1. An Unexpected Journey (55 min)
2. Riddles in the Dark (66 min)
3. A Warm Welcome (60 min)
4. Fire and Water (63 min)
5. There and Back Again (62 min)
Miniseries Runtime: 306 min

CHANGES/ADDITIONS
- Intro and Outro sequence for every episode (including music from the Hobbit OST)
- Different Title Cards for every episode using various LOTR/Hobbit style fonts
- The Hobbit" logo has different colors matching the overall episode theme

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THE ANTI-CRINGE CUT:

An Unexpected Journey:

CHANGES
- Azog does not exist, he is never seen nor mentioned
- Radagast does not play any part in the story
- The Necromancer does not play any part in the story
- Saruman does not play any part in this story
- The Arkenstone is not mentioned in the beginning of the story
- Bilbo finding the ring is now consistent with his depiction of that moment in LOTR
- The goblin king's fate is unclear (he is not killed by Gandalf)
- Smaug is never seen in the first half of the movie
- Some silly moments are gone (I'm looking at you "Dwarf Pool Party")
- No over-the-top action
- No over-the-top violence (decapitations etc.)

CUT
- Old Bilbo slips up and nearly mentions to Frodo that he plans to leave the Shire
- Flashback of Smaug's attack
- Bilbo goes out of the house and thinks that Gandalf is following him
- Azog flashback
- Orks watching Bilbo and the group
- Radagast is introduced
- Radagast talks to Gandalf
- Orks attack and elves fend them off
- Orks return to Azog empty handed
- Dwarves "play around" in the water
- Saruman shows himself to Gandalf
- Council about the Necromancer
- Galadriel talks about Sauron
- Galadriel offers Gandalf her help whenever he needs it and disappears
- Azog picks up the dwarves scent
- Various close ups of the goblins attacking the group
- Goblin king mentions Azog and sends an underling to inform him about the groups whereabouts
- Gollum kills a goblin and loses the ring in progress while Bilbo watches
- The group decapitates a couple of goblins and various other goblin fight close-ups
- Gandalf kills the goblin king
- The group "surfe" down the goblin cave
- Azog commands orks that attack the group outside of the goblin cave
- Bilbo tries to get his sword out of a warg's head
- Thorin fights Azog and Bilbo tries to help him
- The other dwarves join the fight against Azog
- Bird flying to the Lonely Mountain
- Smaug awakens
- Credits

ADDED
- Anti-Cringe Intro

Time cut: 63 min

The Desolation of Smaug:

CHANGES
- "12 months later" after the flashback in Bree becomes a "2 months later" connecting the first and second movie
- Azog still doesn't exist
- Radagast is nowhere to be seen
- The Necromancer/Sauron does not make an appearance or is mentioned in any way by the characters
- No cringy romance (love triangle between Kili, Tauriel and Legolas)
- Legolas part is basically reduced to a cameo (no creepy Legolas)
- Tauriel's part is basically reduced to an extra
- Lake Town is not attacked by orks
- Thranduil's stronghold is not attacked by orks
- Thrain does not make an appearance
- Bard is neither captured nor imprisoned
- Kili is not healed by Tauriel but we can assume that Bard helped him
- There is no lengthy chase inside the mountain
- Some silly moments are gone (I'm looking at you "Dwarf River Ride")
- No over-the-top action (aka Legolas and Tauriel in god mode)
- No over-the-top violence (e.g. torturing spiders etc.)
- Cringe reduced as much as possible (I'm looking at you Alfrid)

CUT
- Gandalf talks to Thorin in a flashback
- "Desolation of Smaug" title screen
- Azog and his orks chase the group
- Azog watches Beorn from a distance
- Azog goes to the Necromancers lair
- Bolg is introduced
- Beorn talks about how Azog tortured his kind
- Gandalf and Beorn talk about the Necromancer
- Galadriel tells Gandalf to go to the Necromancer's lair in Dol Guldur
- Various close ups of the dwarves killing spiders in Mirkwood
- Bilbo kills a baby spider
- Tauriel kills a couple of spiders and saves Kili
- Tauriel talks to Kili and Legolas gets jealous
- Thranduil shows Thorin his burnt face
- Bolg watches the elven gates
- Tauriel flirts with Kili and Legolas stalks them
- Thranduil talks to Tauriel about Legolas love for her
- Bilbo sneaks past Thranduil wearing the ring
- The dwarves "theme-park-ride" down the river
- Orks attack the dwarves and Legolas and Tauriel defend them
- Gandalf meets Radagast at the Nazgul's grave
- Thranduil interrogates a captured ork and kills him
- Legolas learns that Tauriel went after the dwarves
- Bolg picks up the scent of the group
- Alfrid inspects Bard's boat at the city gates of Lake Town
- Alfrid talks to the Master of Lake Town
- Bard and the group escape the city guard
- Legolas catches up to Tauriel
- Bard finds out about the prophecy
- Alfrid talks to the Master about overhearing Bard's discovery
- Alfrid looks out the door and closes it when the dwarves are caught by the city guard
- The master refuses to help a wounded Kili
- Gandalf visits the Necromancer's lair and is attacked by Thrain
- Azog at the Necromancer's lair
- Thrain has a flashback to Azog's attack on his people
- Azog fights Gandalf
- The Necromancer reveals himself to be Sauron
- Smaug mentions Sauron indirectly
- Bard is chased by the city guard, knocked out by the Master and imprisoned
- Bard's son hides the black arrow in a boat
- Gandalf sees an army of orks marching
- Bolg and a group of orks infiltrate Lake Town
- Orks attack Bard's home
- Tauriel and Legolas save the dwarves at Lake Town
- Thorin meets Bilbo inside the mountain and threatens him
- Tauriel heals Kili
- Dwarves sneak around in the mountain
- Kili wakes up and talks to Tauriel
- The dwarves discover dwarven corpses inside the mountain
- Smaug chases the group through the mountain
- Legolas fights Bolg in Lake Town
- The dwarves set the furnaces inside the mountain ablaze
- The dwarves attempt to engulf Smaug in liquid gold but the escapes
- An imprisoned bard hears Smaug coming
- Bilbo watches Smaug fly away in shock and asks "What have done?"
- Credits

Time cut: 98 min

The Battle of the Five Armies:

CHANGES
- Nope, no Azog
- Bolg is depicted as the leader of the orc army
- The dragon's attack on Lake Town focuses on Bard and Smaug
- The Master's whereabouts in the aftermath of Smaug's attack are unknown
- Alfrid's appearances are reduced
- Side quest in Dol Guldur is gone
- Radagast does not show up
- Tauriel and Legolas appear in only one small scene
- Scenes on the battlefield are severely reduced to focus on the main characters
- New music used when the elves come to aid the dwarves in battle against the orks
- Thorin's "dragon sickness moments" are reduced
- Fili, Kili and Thorin are not killed on screen
- Some silly moments are gone (e.g. Bifur "butting heads" with an ork, Skydiving Beorn, etc.)
- No over-the-top action (aka Legolas still in god mode)
- No over-the-top violence (cutting off heads and limbs in the battle scenes, etc.)
- Cringe reduced as much as possible (I'm still looking at you Alfrid)
- Order of the character sketches in the main credits

CUT
- The Master tries to escape with his riches
- Tauriel escapes with the dwarves in Lake Town
- Bard tries to escape his cell
- The Master kicks Alfrid into the water
- The master unintentionally aids Bard in his prison break
- Bard's son retrieves the black arrow
- Bard cuts down the bell's ropes
- Smaug frightens the Master
- "Battle of the Five Armies" title screen
- Gandalf at Dol Guldur in a cage
- Alfrid's silly antics as he gets out of the water
- Killi says farewell to Tauriel
- The remaining dwarves sail to the lonely mountain
- Alfrid kissing Bard's ass
- An angry mob tries to hang Alfrid and Bard stops them
- Bard talks to Legolas about the riches inside the mountain
- Azog adresses his troops and sends Bolg on a mission
- Legolas and Tauriel set out to Gundabad
- Exodus of the people of Lake Town
- Ork attacks Gandalf
- Galadriel saves Gandalf
- Saruman and Elrond join the fight
- Radagast comes to Gandalf's aid
- Sauron makes an appearance and is banished by Galadriel
- Gandalf says farewell to Radagast
- Legolas and Tauriel at Gundabad
- Gandalf mentions Azog in front of Thranduil and Bard
- Azog summons the were-worms
- Some fight scenes between the dwarves and elves
- Azog commands his troops in the battle of the five armies
- Practically all of the fight scenes in the city of Dale
- Dwalin trying to persuade Thorin to join the fight
- Part of Thorin's vision which brings him back to his senses
- Some of the fight scenes of Thorin and dwarven comrades
- Thorin and his comrades making their way to Ravenhill
- Alfrid "disguised" as a woman
- Legolas mentions a second army to Gandalf
- Bifur's "You lost your axe" moment
- Fili and Kili scouting out Ravenhill
- Azog kills Fili
- Tauriel fights Bolg
- Bolg kills Kili
- Legolas fights Bolg and kills him
- Thorin fights Azog and both kill each other
- Beorn and Radagast join the fight
- Thranduil tasks Legolas with finding Aragorn
- Tauriel mourns Kili
- Beorn and Radagast at Thorin's mourning ceremony
- Sketches of Tauriel, Radagast, Azog, Necromancer/Sauron, Saruman, The Master and Alfrid in the main credits

ADDED
- When Bilbo gets knocked out by Bolg he has a flashback to the moment he was accepted by Thorin. The flashback begins with a misleading tone, just like the original scene was.. The eagles coming to their aid are the connecting element between the flashback and reality. His fond memory clashes with the harsh reality of Thorin's death
- Gollum and Frodo appear in the main credits

Time cut: 72 min
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Faneditor Name:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2012 / 2013 / 2014
Original Running Time:
532 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
299 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
This cut removes Azog as the main villain from the story. The side quests are also gone and the main focus remains on Bilbo's adventure. In addition most of the over-the-top action, violence and silly moments are gone, while still providing a functioning narrative.
Intention:
Like most LOTR fans, I was stoked when I heard that Peter Jackson would take us back to Middle-Earth in his adaption of "The Hobbit". When I heard, that the book, which was about 300 pages long was being made into a trilogy I got a little skeptical of the whole project but I was still excited what Jackson would do with the source material. When "An Unexpected Journey" came out it was a good movie but I still felt let down somehow. There were just so many unnecessary distractions from the main plot and too much violence for an adaptation of what Tolkien had intended to be a children's book. The second and final movie took most of my concerns to a whole other level. More violence, more cringy scenes and characters, more over-the-top action scenes...
Back then I didn't think about the possibility of "fixing" the trilogy but after discovering the world of fanedits almost a year ago and my New Zealand trip, which reignited my passion for everything LOTR related I decided to give this a shot and trim this trilogy down to get a little bit closer to the book.
Additional Notes:
This fanedit is available in two formats: The Anti-Cringe Cut, whis is one big movie (299min) and a miniseries, where the Anti-Cringe-Cut is split into five episodes (for details see "Changes").
Special Thanks:
- J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson
- New Zealand
- My wife
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
This fanedit was made using:
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Audition
Cuts and Additions:
THE MINISERIES:

The Anti-Cringe Cut is made "more digestible" by being split into five episodes:
1. An Unexpected Journey (55 min)
2. Riddles in the Dark (66 min)
3. A Warm Welcome (60 min)
4. Fire and Water (63 min)
5. There and Back Again (62 min)
Miniseries Runtime: 306 min

CHANGES/ADDITIONS
- Intro and Outro sequence for every episode (including music from the Hobbit OST)
- Different Title Cards for every episode using various LOTR/Hobbit style fonts
- The Hobbit" logo has different colors matching the overall episode theme

-----------

THE ANTI-CRINGE CUT:

An Unexpected Journey:

CHANGES
- Azog does not exist, he is never seen nor mentioned
- Radagast does not play any part in the story
- The Necromancer does not play any part in the story
- Saruman does not play any part in this story
- The Arkenstone is not mentioned in the beginning of the story
- Bilbo finding the ring is now consistent with his depiction of that moment in LOTR
- The goblin king's fate is unclear (he is not killed by Gandalf)
- Smaug is never seen in the first half of the movie
- Some silly moments are gone (I'm looking at you "Dwarf Pool Party")
- No over-the-top action
- No over-the-top violence (decapitations etc.)

CUT
- Old Bilbo slips up and nearly mentions to Frodo that he plans to leave the Shire
- Flashback of Smaug's attack
- Bilbo goes out of the house and thinks that Gandalf is following him
- Azog flashback
- Orks watching Bilbo and the group
- Radagast is introduced
- Radagast talks to Gandalf
- Orks attack and elves fend them off
- Orks return to Azog empty handed
- Dwarves "play around" in the water
- Saruman shows himself to Gandalf
- Council about the Necromancer
- Galadriel talks about Sauron
- Galadriel offers Gandalf her help whenever he needs it and disappears
- Azog picks up the dwarves scent
- Various close ups of the goblins attacking the group
- Goblin king mentions Azog and sends an underling to inform him about the groups whereabouts
- Gollum kills a goblin and loses the ring in progress while Bilbo watches
- The group decapitates a couple of goblins and various other goblin fight close-ups
- Gandalf kills the goblin king
- The group "surfe" down the goblin cave
- Azog commands orks that attack the group outside of the goblin cave
- Bilbo tries to get his sword out of a warg's head
- Thorin fights Azog and Bilbo tries to help him
- The other dwarves join the fight against Azog
- Bird flying to the Lonely Mountain
- Smaug awakens
- Credits

ADDED
- Anti-Cringe Intro

Time cut: 63 min

The Desolation of Smaug:

CHANGES
- "12 months later" after the flashback in Bree becomes a "2 months later" connecting the first and second movie
- Azog still doesn't exist
- Radagast is nowhere to be seen
- The Necromancer/Sauron does not make an appearance or is mentioned in any way by the characters
- No cringy romance (love triangle between Kili, Tauriel and Legolas)
- Legolas part is basically reduced to a cameo (no creepy Legolas)
- Tauriel's part is basically reduced to an extra
- Lake Town is not attacked by orks
- Thranduil's stronghold is not attacked by orks
- Thrain does not make an appearance
- Bard is neither captured nor imprisoned
- Kili is not healed by Tauriel but we can assume that Bard helped him
- There is no lengthy chase inside the mountain
- Some silly moments are gone (I'm looking at you "Dwarf River Ride")
- No over-the-top action (aka Legolas and Tauriel in god mode)
- No over-the-top violence (e.g. torturing spiders etc.)
- Cringe reduced as much as possible (I'm looking at you Alfrid)

CUT
- Gandalf talks to Thorin in a flashback
- "Desolation of Smaug" title screen
- Azog and his orks chase the group
- Azog watches Beorn from a distance
- Azog goes to the Necromancers lair
- Bolg is introduced
- Beorn talks about how Azog tortured his kind
- Gandalf and Beorn talk about the Necromancer
- Galadriel tells Gandalf to go to the Necromancer's lair in Dol Guldur
- Various close ups of the dwarves killing spiders in Mirkwood
- Bilbo kills a baby spider
- Tauriel kills a couple of spiders and saves Kili
- Tauriel talks to Kili and Legolas gets jealous
- Thranduil shows Thorin his burnt face
- Bolg watches the elven gates
- Tauriel flirts with Kili and Legolas stalks them
- Thranduil talks to Tauriel about Legolas love for her
- Bilbo sneaks past Thranduil wearing the ring
- The dwarves "theme-park-ride" down the river
- Orks attack the dwarves and Legolas and Tauriel defend them
- Gandalf meets Radagast at the Nazgul's grave
- Thranduil interrogates a captured ork and kills him
- Legolas learns that Tauriel went after the dwarves
- Bolg picks up the scent of the group
- Alfrid inspects Bard's boat at the city gates of Lake Town
- Alfrid talks to the Master of Lake Town
- Bard and the group escape the city guard
- Legolas catches up to Tauriel
- Bard finds out about the prophecy
- Alfrid talks to the Master about overhearing Bard's discovery
- Alfrid looks out the door and closes it when the dwarves are caught by the city guard
- The master refuses to help a wounded Kili
- Gandalf visits the Necromancer's lair and is attacked by Thrain
- Azog at the Necromancer's lair
- Thrain has a flashback to Azog's attack on his people
- Azog fights Gandalf
- The Necromancer reveals himself to be Sauron
- Smaug mentions Sauron indirectly
- Bard is chased by the city guard, knocked out by the Master and imprisoned
- Bard's son hides the black arrow in a boat
- Gandalf sees an army of orks marching
- Bolg and a group of orks infiltrate Lake Town
- Orks attack Bard's home
- Tauriel and Legolas save the dwarves at Lake Town
- Thorin meets Bilbo inside the mountain and threatens him
- Tauriel heals Kili
- Dwarves sneak around in the mountain
- Kili wakes up and talks to Tauriel
- The dwarves discover dwarven corpses inside the mountain
- Smaug chases the group through the mountain
- Legolas fights Bolg in Lake Town
- The dwarves set the furnaces inside the mountain ablaze
- The dwarves attempt to engulf Smaug in liquid gold but the escapes
- An imprisoned bard hears Smaug coming
- Bilbo watches Smaug fly away in shock and asks "What have done?"
- Credits

Time cut: 98 min

The Battle of the Five Armies:

CHANGES
- Nope, no Azog
- Bolg is depicted as the leader of the orc army
- The dragon's attack on Lake Town focuses on Bard and Smaug
- The Master's whereabouts in the aftermath of Smaug's attack are unknown
- Alfrid's appearances are reduced
- Side quest in Dol Guldur is gone
- Radagast does not show up
- Tauriel and Legolas appear in only one small scene
- Scenes on the battlefield are severely reduced to focus on the main characters
- New music used when the elves come to aid the dwarves in battle against the orks
- Thorin's "dragon sickness moments" are reduced
- Fili, Kili and Thorin are not killed on screen
- Some silly moments are gone (e.g. Bifur "butting heads" with an ork, Skydiving Beorn, etc.)
- No over-the-top action (aka Legolas still in god mode)
- No over-the-top violence (cutting off heads and limbs in the battle scenes, etc.)
- Cringe reduced as much as possible (I'm still looking at you Alfrid)
- Order of the character sketches in the main credits

CUT
- The Master tries to escape with his riches
- Tauriel escapes with the dwarves in Lake Town
- Bard tries to escape his cell
- The Master kicks Alfrid into the water
- The master unintentionally aids Bard in his prison break
- Bard's son retrieves the black arrow
- Bard cuts down the bell's ropes
- Smaug frightens the Master
- "Battle of the Five Armies" title screen
- Gandalf at Dol Guldur in a cage
- Alfrid's silly antics as he gets out of the water
- Killi says farewell to Tauriel
- The remaining dwarves sail to the lonely mountain
- Alfrid kissing Bard's ass
- An angry mob tries to hang Alfrid and Bard stops them
- Bard talks to Legolas about the riches inside the mountain
- Azog adresses his troops and sends Bolg on a mission
- Legolas and Tauriel set out to Gundabad
- Exodus of the people of Lake Town
- Ork attacks Gandalf
- Galadriel saves Gandalf
- Saruman and Elrond join the fight
- Radagast comes to Gandalf's aid
- Sauron makes an appearance and is banished by Galadriel
- Gandalf says farewell to Radagast
- Legolas and Tauriel at Gundabad
- Gandalf mentions Azog in front of Thranduil and Bard
- Azog summons the were-worms
- Some fight scenes between the dwarves and elves
- Azog commands his troops in the battle of the five armies
- Practically all of the fight scenes in the city of Dale
- Dwalin trying to persuade Thorin to join the fight
- Part of Thorin's vision which brings him back to his senses
- Some of the fight scenes of Thorin and dwarven comrades
- Thorin and his comrades making their way to Ravenhill
- Alfrid "disguised" as a woman
- Legolas mentions a second army to Gandalf
- Bifur's "You lost your axe" moment
- Fili and Kili scouting out Ravenhill
- Azog kills Fili
- Tauriel fights Bolg
- Bolg kills Kili
- Legolas fights Bolg and kills him
- Thorin fights Azog and both kill each other
- Beorn and Radagast join the fight
- Thranduil tasks Legolas with finding Aragorn
- Tauriel mourns Kili
- Beorn and Radagast at Thorin's mourning ceremony
- Sketches of Tauriel, Radagast, Azog, Necromancer/Sauron, Saruman, The Master and Alfrid in the main credits

ADDED
- When Bilbo gets knocked out by Bolg he has a flashback to the moment he was accepted by Thorin. The flashback begins with a misleading tone, just like the original scene was.. The eagles coming to their aid are the connecting element between the flashback and reality. His fond memory clashes with the harsh reality of Thorin's death
- Gollum and Frodo appear in the main credits

Time cut: 72 min
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Massive fan of Jackson's LOTR trilogy, but avoided the Hobbit films like the plague after enduring the first film's stupidities and self indulgence. And 3 films? Surely 2 would have done. So I come to this with a love of storytelling and familiarity with the book and Tolkien's world, but no intimate first-hand knowledge of the famously bloated Hobbit trilogy. I watched the 5-episode version of this cut, 1 episode each night, and was gripped to the end. Character development, pacing and technical quality are all first rate. I can't imagine any more footage being needed. I also don't care what was in the book and what wasn't, I care for the story and execution, and as a standalone film this cut is almost always internally consistent, save the slightly odd jump in narrative in a few spots (and the 5 episode structure cushions these bumps, like a TV show episode structure would - I can't speak for the 5 hour continuous version of this edit). The gentle tie-ins with the Lord of the Rings do not feel overdone either. My first Hobbit edit and possibly the last - because I found it so deeply satisfying. Well done DonKamilo.
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Holy crap. This edit was beautiful, one of [if not] the best I've seen, alongside Scott Pilgrim vs. the Editor.

I was not a fan of The Hobbit when it came out. I'm 17 now, so I was 10 when then, and a fan of Lord of the Rings. Not a huge fan as I didn't really appreciate things that much back then, but I certainly was entertained by the series. Nothing particularly stood out to me as 'bad' in these films, they were just boring and a little stretched out for my liking. I saw the first one and didn't like it all too much. The second one was better, I really enjoyed Smaug hanging out in the gold, and the stuff with the elves. Never got around to seeing the third one, or rewatching the first two, even after buying the 6-film Middle Earth collection a few years ago (when I became more interested in film, and the Lord of the Rings series).

A little after getting into fanedits earlier this year, I decided that I'd like to try out The Hobbit again. I debated between this edit, and the Original Two-Film structure for my first endeavor, and this one was what I decided on, as there is more cut and the miniseries format lends itself to keeping my attention span.

Anyways, enough about myself. This edit was phenomenal! I can't give very good specifics as I'm not all too familiar with the source content, but I never got bored during the edit, and each episode wrapped up perfectly as it's own narrative. This edit turned me from a [presumed] Hobbit hater, to an actual fan of the series, and debating where I rank it amongst the rest of the Middle Earth set.

I noted a few small issues in editing, not with audio but with visual transitions, most likely just due to the source material available (there was one crossfade from a tracking shot on I think Thorin's head to a landscape, and just the speed/context of the fade was a little strange). Additionally, while, again, I'm not familiar with the source and it could be in there already, there was a few moments where dialogue was cut kind of awkwardly. Not so much that it took me out of the moment, but I felt that some stuff cut messed up the pacing - although I'm sure it successfully "Anti-Cringed" it. (For example, when Bard stands up to Smaug, Smaug doesn't see nor hear him, but somehow notices him immediately and starts speaking to him). However, editing still gets a 10/10 because the % I'd give it would round up anyways...

This edit was extremely well done, and I'm super interested in checking out The Last Jedi - Anti-Cringe Cut now.

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Bravo!

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This fan edit is fantastic! The quality of the editing was top-notch and the episodic format was a spark of genius! Having the flexibility to watch the fan edit in one-hour bite-size pieces was extremely convenient. Although there is some cringe that didn't cut and some narrative inconsistencies, this fan edit was a job well done overall!

What I loved:
- Quality of the visual cuts and transitions
- Quality of the audio cuts and transitions
- Feels like a complete story, despite removing the main villain
- 5-episode mini-series format

What I didn't love:
- The extremely cringey scenes where the Goblin King sings, I was very surprised that these were not removed from an anti-cringe cut
- I also cringed during the trolls scene where one of them was talking about boogers and other annoying dialogue
- Gandalf mentions to Elrond in Episode 2 they encountered orcs, but they didn't encounter any in Episode 1
- Kili is seriously wounded after the barrel ride, but we never see him get hurt
- Bard grabs the black arrow inside his home, but then later his son Bain has to risk life and limb to give it to him, which reminded me that the scene of Bain hiding the black arrow in a boat was cut

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9.5
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9.0
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I appreciate the attention to detail in removing the god awful cringe from the films, this is great.

In the past Alfrid's massive and inexplicably bouncy, gold-laden bosom had me flare up with dragon sickness for a fraction of a second until I realised what was going on; the ridiculous love triangle, wherein Kili for some reason had a substantially normal/smaller nose than his brother, presumably to make Tauriel amenable to him and have him as a romantic lead - an unnecessary pollution of the original narrative - finally I am indeed able to avoid all the cringe and cherish the good parts of this trilogy.

Thank you for this.

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9.8
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Hi, it's been quite a long time since I've gotten this edit but I finally found the time to watch it! I've watched it with someone who has never watched the Hobbit before and she followed the story mostly fine, so that's really great!

The only thing that really threw me off was the "2 months later" when you transitioned between movie 1 and 2.... I don't think it's plausible for them to be at the same location for 2 months. Is there a reason why you chose that time frame? I'd be grateful for an answer.

Otherwise it's an awesome edit, thanks for the great work! I'll definitely recommend it to my friends!

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Owner's reply February 24, 2023

Thanks for the review!

In the original there was a flashback in the second movie, which then flashed forward 12 months to where Bilbo hides from Beorn. To use the transition for my edit, I changed the 12 months into 2 months.

After their hopeful lookout onto the their destination from The Carrok (the mountain where the eagles drop them off), they have to travel down and somehow get near Beorn's house and who knows what happened inbetween.

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Great edit

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