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Original Release Date:
2014
Original Running Time:
475 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
387 minutes
Time Cut:
90 minutes
Time Added:
2 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
BUT THERE ARE SO MANY HOBBIT EDITS! WHO IS THIS FOR?

This is a Movie-to-TV edit based on AdamDens' 'The Hobbit: The Original Two-Film Structure', with a few further tweaks.
Therefore, this edit will be most suitable for people who want-
* A high quality edit with well-considered changes, tightened and polished and with minimal frustration
* Tonal and visual consistency with the Lord of the Rings movies, and the retention of the majority of content which sets up its plotlines
* A digestible, episodic structure (8 episodes of ~50 mins each)
Intention:
INSPIRATION AND INTENTIONS

Looking to make this story a little more digestible for my daughter, and inspired by the announcement of the Rings of Power series, I observed that AdamDens' edit (my preferred version) broke nicely into a natural series of ~50-minute chunks.

I love the books but the LotR movies have always been excellent, so I never sought 'book purity' - I always really enjoyed the White Council and their B-plot through this trilogy, both as its own storyline and worldbuilding, and as a worthy set-up for LotR.

I've reordered some scenes to allow the episodes each to work as cohesive thematic chunks which work end-to-end. 'Riddles in the Dark' and 'The Lonely Mountain' take on a deeper meaning, for example, and interesting sub-plots like the disappearance of Thrain are allowed to become the focus of a single episode. The TV format has also allowed me to make certain elegant changes which some movie edits have struggled to work around given the source material. I won't spoil them here, but both fans of the movies and haters of the Hobbit films should find themselves pleasantly suprised!

AdamDens' masterful three-to-two movie duology, 'The Gathering of The Clouds'/'There and Back Again', is my primary source, however there isn't an episode produced that I haven't further modified in some way. I'm really pleased with some of the cuts I've been able to make, and am proud to present this as the Hobbit I believe it always should have been - and a worthy lead-in to LotR.
Other Sources:
All of the following via AdamDens' original edit:
* The Hobbit: An unexpected journey Soundtrack
* The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack
* The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Soundtrack
* The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition Blu-ray
* several royalty-free and license-free sound effects
Special Thanks:
* AdamDens, for the original two-movie cut I loved so much
* ArtisDead, for helping get this over the line with support during the finalisation
* LoveMoviesandTV, INIGHTMARES, and Jnisch for feedback during finalisation
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
These episodes contain MAJOR CHANGES TO THE HOBBIT MOVIES with the intent of minimising poor humour, cartoonish physics, and unwelcome sub-plots, whilst focusing on the characters of Bilbo, Thorin, and Gandalf, and maximising the growing threat of Sauron and cohesiveness with the Lord of the Rings films.

GENERAL CHANGES:
* Restructured into eight ~45 minute episodes, with bold title cards to give the impression of book chapters.
* Full recolouring throughout for consistency with LotR.
* Restructured some scenes for pacing, such as introducing fewer plots at the beginning all at once, introducing Azog later (since we don't need a new main villain like the first movie did), and making the investigation of the Necromancer more of a developing mystery.
* Used alternate subtitles for Black Speech, to simplify and better contextualise the villains' motives, enhance the Necromancer subplot, and help contextualise the attack on the Dwarves and the Lonely Mountain as an early strategic move of Sauron's in the war for Middle Earth.
* Removed as much silliness as possible, such as some of Radagast's eccentricities, the Trolls' snot jokes, and Dwarven antics (where they appear silly or abrasive, as opposed to merely uncouth).
* Removed as much cringe as possible, such as the Tauriel romance, most of Alfrid's antics, the Dwarven forge and golden dragon, and Dain's swearing and modern slang.
* Removed as much cartoon physics as possible, or situations characters only survive through luck, such as with the storm giants, during the barrel riding scene, the goblin halls (including the major falls), and the final battles.
* Removed as much obvious/bad CG as possible, such as the Goblin King's wobbly singing, a lot of Legolas' superpowers.
* Tightened or removed scenes to keep up the pace and keep the focus on character drama and characters we're emotionally invested in, such as removing the warg attack on the party, removing the warg attack on Lake-town, removing Legolas from the final fight on ravenhill, and trimming Thorin waiting patiently for Azog to jump out of the ice.
* Introduced credits for each episode including episode-specific credits music to make it feel like a TV series.
Cuts and Additions:
s01e01 - THE HOBBIT (45:24) - Featuring Old Bilbo's bookend, the Erebor introduction, Bilbo joining the Dwarves, and Radagast investigating Mirkwood:
* Frodo is relegated to a cameo.
* Far tighter opening, with less of the scenes in the shire which don't move the plot forward, with some of Thorin's flashbacks moved to later.
* Dwarves are less goofy in Bilbo's home (and throughout this edit).
* No 'Blunt the Knives' (but yes 'Misty Mountain', of course).

s01e02 - AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (45:37) - Featuring trolls, Rivendell, the first meeting of the White Council, and the mountain pass:
* The troll sequence is heavily trimmed (but still flows smoothly), with less snot jokes and other unfunny bits. (I'm particularly proud of this, I believe this cut is unique amongst edits and the tightest I've seen this scene.)
* No warg chase to Rivendell.
* Dwarves at Rivendell are less goofy and less awful dinner guests - they're uncouth, not 'hilariously' abrasive. The tension between Dwarves and Elves is still emphasised.
* Trimmed storm giants with less death-defying physics.

s01e03 - RIDDLES IN THE DARK (53:10) - Featuring goblins, Gandalf investigating the nine's graves, Gollum, and Beorn:
* No unbelievable physics in the goblin caves.
* Lots of tightening for pacing.
* No Goblin King singing.
* No battle scene out of the goblin tunnels (though tension is retained).
* No initial showdown with Azog with forced emotional stakes for Thorin and Bilbo. Their relationship develops much more naturally.
* No eagle rescue (I use AdamDens' alternate sequence instead).
* Arrival at Mirkwood is split into two scenes between this episode and the next. Now, when they arrive, Bilbo immediately feels the pull of the ring and Gandalf notices immediately, before Bilbo lies about finding the ring. We end the episode ominously.

s01e04 - THE RETURN OF THE SHADOW (54:33) - Featuring the Gandalf-meets-Thorin flashback, Mirkwood, the Woodland Realm, barrel riding, and Gandalf confronting the Necromancer:
* Following from the prior episode, Gandalf now explores Mirkwood and warns the party of its dangers, before they enter alone.
* No Fili/Tauriel romance (here or anywhere else in the series)
* Minimal Tauriel/Legolas. She's a very minor character, he's present but not focal.
* Heavy trims to barrel-riding scene to minimise cringe and bad physics.
* No Legolas superpowers (here and throughout the edit).

s01e05 - THE LONELY MOUNTAIN (44:07) - Featuring Bard, Laketown, the arrival at the Lonely Mountain, and the White Council coming to Gandalf's aid:
* Alfrid and the Master are heavily reduced - kept only as texture for the state of Laketown.
* No warg attack on Laketown.
* Still no Tauriel romance.

s01e06 - THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (45:05) - Featuring Smaug the Magnificent, O Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities:
* No Smaug battle within Erebor.
* Smaug's attack on Laketown is tightened and reordered, for pacing and focus on characters we care about.

s01e07 - THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (45:32) - Featuring the fallout of Smaug's death, Thorin’s madness, and the initial clash of the five armies:
* Azog's dialogue is edited to make him a more competent commander.
* Dain's dialogue is trimmed to keep him abrasive but not too offensive.
* Nearly no Alfrid.
* Trims to the flow of the battle and the more ludicrous CG.
* Still no Tauriel romance or Legolas superpowers.

s01e08 - THERE AND BACK AGAIN (54:01) - Featuring more of the Battle of the Five Armies, the strike on Azog on ravenhill, the Erebor conclusions, and Bilbo's return home:
* Further trims to the flow of battle.
* Heavily restructured the final battle between Thorin and Azog to make it far tighter and with less suspension of disbelief.
Faneditor Name:
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Original Release Date:
2014
Original Running Time:
475 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
387 minutes
Time Cut:
90 minutes
Time Added:
2 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
BUT THERE ARE SO MANY HOBBIT EDITS! WHO IS THIS FOR?

This is a Movie-to-TV edit based on AdamDens' 'The Hobbit: The Original Two-Film Structure', with a few further tweaks.
Therefore, this edit will be most suitable for people who want-
* A high quality edit with well-considered changes, tightened and polished and with minimal frustration
* Tonal and visual consistency with the Lord of the Rings movies, and the retention of the majority of content which sets up its plotlines
* A digestible, episodic structure (8 episodes of ~50 mins each)
Intention:
INSPIRATION AND INTENTIONS

Looking to make this story a little more digestible for my daughter, and inspired by the announcement of the Rings of Power series, I observed that AdamDens' edit (my preferred version) broke nicely into a natural series of ~50-minute chunks.

I love the books but the LotR movies have always been excellent, so I never sought 'book purity' - I always really enjoyed the White Council and their B-plot through this trilogy, both as its own storyline and worldbuilding, and as a worthy set-up for LotR.

I've reordered some scenes to allow the episodes each to work as cohesive thematic chunks which work end-to-end. 'Riddles in the Dark' and 'The Lonely Mountain' take on a deeper meaning, for example, and interesting sub-plots like the disappearance of Thrain are allowed to become the focus of a single episode. The TV format has also allowed me to make certain elegant changes which some movie edits have struggled to work around given the source material. I won't spoil them here, but both fans of the movies and haters of the Hobbit films should find themselves pleasantly suprised!

AdamDens' masterful three-to-two movie duology, 'The Gathering of The Clouds'/'There and Back Again', is my primary source, however there isn't an episode produced that I haven't further modified in some way. I'm really pleased with some of the cuts I've been able to make, and am proud to present this as the Hobbit I believe it always should have been - and a worthy lead-in to LotR.
Other Sources:
All of the following via AdamDens' original edit:
* The Hobbit: An unexpected journey Soundtrack
* The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack
* The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Soundtrack
* The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition Blu-ray
* several royalty-free and license-free sound effects
Special Thanks:
* AdamDens, for the original two-movie cut I loved so much
* ArtisDead, for helping get this over the line with support during the finalisation
* LoveMoviesandTV, INIGHTMARES, and Jnisch for feedback during finalisation
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
These episodes contain MAJOR CHANGES TO THE HOBBIT MOVIES with the intent of minimising poor humour, cartoonish physics, and unwelcome sub-plots, whilst focusing on the characters of Bilbo, Thorin, and Gandalf, and maximising the growing threat of Sauron and cohesiveness with the Lord of the Rings films.

GENERAL CHANGES:
* Restructured into eight ~45 minute episodes, with bold title cards to give the impression of book chapters.
* Full recolouring throughout for consistency with LotR.
* Restructured some scenes for pacing, such as introducing fewer plots at the beginning all at once, introducing Azog later (since we don't need a new main villain like the first movie did), and making the investigation of the Necromancer more of a developing mystery.
* Used alternate subtitles for Black Speech, to simplify and better contextualise the villains' motives, enhance the Necromancer subplot, and help contextualise the attack on the Dwarves and the Lonely Mountain as an early strategic move of Sauron's in the war for Middle Earth.
* Removed as much silliness as possible, such as some of Radagast's eccentricities, the Trolls' snot jokes, and Dwarven antics (where they appear silly or abrasive, as opposed to merely uncouth).
* Removed as much cringe as possible, such as the Tauriel romance, most of Alfrid's antics, the Dwarven forge and golden dragon, and Dain's swearing and modern slang.
* Removed as much cartoon physics as possible, or situations characters only survive through luck, such as with the storm giants, during the barrel riding scene, the goblin halls (including the major falls), and the final battles.
* Removed as much obvious/bad CG as possible, such as the Goblin King's wobbly singing, a lot of Legolas' superpowers.
* Tightened or removed scenes to keep up the pace and keep the focus on character drama and characters we're emotionally invested in, such as removing the warg attack on the party, removing the warg attack on Lake-town, removing Legolas from the final fight on ravenhill, and trimming Thorin waiting patiently for Azog to jump out of the ice.
* Introduced credits for each episode including episode-specific credits music to make it feel like a TV series.
Cuts and Additions:
s01e01 - THE HOBBIT (45:24) - Featuring Old Bilbo's bookend, the Erebor introduction, Bilbo joining the Dwarves, and Radagast investigating Mirkwood:
* Frodo is relegated to a cameo.
* Far tighter opening, with less of the scenes in the shire which don't move the plot forward, with some of Thorin's flashbacks moved to later.
* Dwarves are less goofy in Bilbo's home (and throughout this edit).
* No 'Blunt the Knives' (but yes 'Misty Mountain', of course).

s01e02 - AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (45:37) - Featuring trolls, Rivendell, the first meeting of the White Council, and the mountain pass:
* The troll sequence is heavily trimmed (but still flows smoothly), with less snot jokes and other unfunny bits. (I'm particularly proud of this, I believe this cut is unique amongst edits and the tightest I've seen this scene.)
* No warg chase to Rivendell.
* Dwarves at Rivendell are less goofy and less awful dinner guests - they're uncouth, not 'hilariously' abrasive. The tension between Dwarves and Elves is still emphasised.
* Trimmed storm giants with less death-defying physics.

s01e03 - RIDDLES IN THE DARK (53:10) - Featuring goblins, Gandalf investigating the nine's graves, Gollum, and Beorn:
* No unbelievable physics in the goblin caves.
* Lots of tightening for pacing.
* No Goblin King singing.
* No battle scene out of the goblin tunnels (though tension is retained).
* No initial showdown with Azog with forced emotional stakes for Thorin and Bilbo. Their relationship develops much more naturally.
* No eagle rescue (I use AdamDens' alternate sequence instead).
* Arrival at Mirkwood is split into two scenes between this episode and the next. Now, when they arrive, Bilbo immediately feels the pull of the ring and Gandalf notices immediately, before Bilbo lies about finding the ring. We end the episode ominously.

s01e04 - THE RETURN OF THE SHADOW (54:33) - Featuring the Gandalf-meets-Thorin flashback, Mirkwood, the Woodland Realm, barrel riding, and Gandalf confronting the Necromancer:
* Following from the prior episode, Gandalf now explores Mirkwood and warns the party of its dangers, before they enter alone.
* No Fili/Tauriel romance (here or anywhere else in the series)
* Minimal Tauriel/Legolas. She's a very minor character, he's present but not focal.
* Heavy trims to barrel-riding scene to minimise cringe and bad physics.
* No Legolas superpowers (here and throughout the edit).

s01e05 - THE LONELY MOUNTAIN (44:07) - Featuring Bard, Laketown, the arrival at the Lonely Mountain, and the White Council coming to Gandalf's aid:
* Alfrid and the Master are heavily reduced - kept only as texture for the state of Laketown.
* No warg attack on Laketown.
* Still no Tauriel romance.

s01e06 - THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (45:05) - Featuring Smaug the Magnificent, O Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities:
* No Smaug battle within Erebor.
* Smaug's attack on Laketown is tightened and reordered, for pacing and focus on characters we care about.

s01e07 - THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (45:32) - Featuring the fallout of Smaug's death, Thorin’s madness, and the initial clash of the five armies:
* Azog's dialogue is edited to make him a more competent commander.
* Dain's dialogue is trimmed to keep him abrasive but not too offensive.
* Nearly no Alfrid.
* Trims to the flow of the battle and the more ludicrous CG.
* Still no Tauriel romance or Legolas superpowers.

s01e08 - THERE AND BACK AGAIN (54:01) - Featuring more of the Battle of the Five Armies, the strike on Azog on ravenhill, the Erebor conclusions, and Bilbo's return home:
* Further trims to the flow of battle.
* Heavily restructured the final battle between Thorin and Azog to make it far tighter and with less suspension of disbelief.

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I reviewed all Episodes separately. There are a lot of great moments (I describe some below)! But some scenes felt out of place (like the starting and ending scenes of some episodes) and there were cuts that made characters “teleport” from one place to another. Some audio edits were quite noticeable as well.

Episode 1: the Prologue is too long. With an 8-episode structure, this Episode (titled “The Hobbit”) spends 20% of runtime with the tale of the Dwarves of Erebor. The line “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” is placed after it, so its impact is lessened. Also, in terms of the narrative, when Gandalf is introducing the quest, he says: “Far to the east […] lies a single, solitary peak. The Lonely Mountain." The prologue section told most of the story, so Gandalf’s reveal loses much of its value. For the audience (seeing events from Bilbo’s perspective) this should have been the first time hearing about Erebor.
The end of the episode would be more thematic (respecting the 8-episode idea) if it happened just after Gandalf’s monologue at 0h38m42; he’s telling Bilbo to say goodbye to the Shire : “But home is now behind you. The world is ahead.” This makes it a perfect story beat to end the episode on. Every scene that appears after it could be placed in Episode 2. Ending Episode 1 “The Hobbit” with a shot of Dol Guldur looks thematically and narratively out of place.

Episode 2: The editing for the initial section is smart. Gandalf not being there, because “He's a Wizard. He does as he chooses” works well. Even if Gandalf / Thorin’s discussion was cut, the audience won’t find anything´s off. Still, because of what I said in Episode 1 and to respect the 8-episode structure, I think it would make sense to start Episode 2 with the first Radagast scenes. Later in the Episode, we see him meeting Gandalf and the Company; having Radagast in the prologue would make for a better story.
The trimmed troll sequence works well, nice editing!
The cut at 0h15m18 is between Radagast giving his ominous warning and the Company arriving in Rivendell. The story doesn’t lose much from all the removed scenes, but the cut feels like they “teleported” to Rivendell (going from a forest to a mountain valley); maybe some scene should be inserted here, to give a feeling of the passage of time. Because of the removed sections before Rivendell, some of Elrond’s dialogue should have been cut as well. He speaks of “[…]Orcs […] close to our borders. […] someone has drawn them near.” The Orc chase was cut, it’s a slight continuity error.
The section between 0h24m44 and 0h27m00 could also be trimmed.
For me, Episode 2 should end at 0h38m13. The wide shots of the Company travelling for miles, through several days and reaching the Misty Mountains, create a great place to end the episode on (I realize Episode 3 shouldn’t start with the Stone Giants, but other scenes could serve as a prologue). The way the Episode ends, with the cliffhanger, really doesn’t “click”.

Episode 3: I don’t think starting with them falling into Goblin-town works; something is missing here. The Episode could start with the Gandalf section from 0h02m10. That would allow for some time to pass between when we see Gandalf in the High Fells of Rhudaur and Gandalf rescuing the Dwarves. The events in Goblin-town last only minutes (less than 1 hour); the travel time of Gandalf going to the High Fells of Rhudaur and back to find the Dwarves inside Goblin-town would be several days. The editing should allow for this; here, Gandalf appears to “teleport” to Goblin-town.
The editing is very effective and tight when we see Azog for the first time, then Balin narrates the the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, then Azog’s hunting them, and finally the Company reaches Beorn’s home. I like this! Also, great ending for the Episode.

Episode 4: nice choice for the prologue section. Well done with the mandatory removal of Fili/Tauriel and the curtailment of Tauriel/Legolas. Nice editing of the barrel-riding!
Exception: at 0h33m00 the audio and Thorin’s lips are desynced, because the audio was originally placed later in the film.
The section starting at 0h28m47 could be removed. It goes nowhere, it’s redundant and Evangeline Lilly’s acting here is awful. I like the new lines from Azog and Sauron; the story gets a slightly different perspective (the one about Gandalf’s Ring of Power may be a bit controversial). Stellar way to end the Episode!

Episode 5: again, nice Azog and Sauron alternative dialogue. Effective reduction of Alfrid and removal of the warg attack. I’m not sure it would be feasible the way the Episodes are structured, but I think the opening of the door to Erebor (at 0h32m42) could have been the ending of an Episode.

Episode 6: Notable editing of Smaug's attack on Laketown. The story flow starting with Smaug's awakening is tighter and cleaner. The “joke” at 0h31m40 is lame as hell, it sounds like it was written by children.

Episode 7: the audio fade-in that starts the Episode sounds a bit off; also, the OST gets out of tempo at 0h00m18, the audio cut is noticeable. If the (rightful) objective is removing most of Alfrid’s lines, the ones at 0h15m46 are prime candidates. Also, it’s fine if the first Gandalf scene would be inside the tent. Personal opinion: The talk at 0h22m48 could be trimmed; why would Bilbo return to Erebor after Gandalf tells him straight Thorin will kill him?

At 0h23m39, this Gandalf / Alfrid interaction goes nowhere, it could be removed. The same at 0h24m21, too much Alfrid and it spoils Bilbo’s moment at 0h26m18. And another Alfrid bit at 0h41m03. I like the small Thranduil edits here (he looks less foolish). I really dislike the “Dune worms” at 0h34m16, they could be cut (I’m aware of the Tolkien’s Were-worms but the film version is just goofy).
I enjoy the removal of the “Elves jumping over the shield-wall” bit, that was the silliest battle move I’ve ever seen. Great alternative Azog lines, as well.
Exception: the new Azog line at 0h41m50 (“how their Ancient Alliance falters“) clashes with the film’s story; Men, Dwarves and Elves start the Battle fighting one another, this line feels out of place.
I’m on the fence about the “Acorn” deleted scene and Bard’s speech in it. The lines are really well written; but it feels out-of-character for him to stop fighting and have a “Théoden moment of defeatist reflection” while all around him his peers need his leadership… That was the reason it was cut from the film. Bilbo’s moment is great, though; I believe this section may work with a little less dialogue from Bard, then Bilbo would shine.
However, a big narrative issue was created by ending Episode 7 with the “Acorn” scene (which is non-canon). The Episode was begging to end in a really low note, and the first half of the scene is just that; our heroes are at their lowest and all seems lost. But then it does a 180 flip and suddenly the Episode ends with hope instead of despair; this didn’t work, it didn’t feel earned (the “hope restored” moments in the LotR were due to the character’s actions, more than their words). Also, the audio fade-out just before Credits sounds too rushed, it sounds like it was edited.

Episode 8: starting with Thorin is splendid, his internal conflict gets emphasized. But it underscores my previous point about Episode 7’s ending. If Episode 8 (brilliantly) starts with Thorin at his lowest, it makes even less sense for Episode 7 to end in any other way that utter despair, in order to connect both Episodes.
At 0h13m23, Tauriel showing her fear for Fili is a continuity error; in this version, there’s no romance.
The Thorin /Azog fight is a bit tighter. I’m not a fan of Beorn free-falling for 500m; to reduce the suspension of disbelief, it could be removed.

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I have just finished the Hobbit series, they are a masterpiece, no other word for it. If this had been shown as a TV series by Disney/Warner etc. it would have done incredibly well and there would be no way to tell the series had been pulled from 3 movies. I kept having to pinch myself and remember that these episodes were created by a fan from a different source material!

I can go further than that: I cannot watch the original 3 movies ever again. This series will be how I watch the Hobbit from now on. I can’t give the edit higher praise. Thank you so much for all your hard work, I see why so many people were so enthusiastic about your edit.

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This is fantastic project, taking an already amazing edit from Adam Dens and shaping into something that, if I were to discover on any streaming site as an official release, would be overjoyed!

There are a couple of things that I really appreciate that are unique to this edit,
- The new music ques and title cards at the start & end of each episode,
- the ending to episode 3, taking the conversation between Gandalf & Bilbo regarding the ring and using it to wrap up the narrative of the episode, perfectly bridges into episode 4,

My only complaints are ones of personal taste,
- The added scenes at the beginning of the Rivendell section seemed to hurt the pace more than helping the story, I think there was a good reason why Dens removed these parts,
- I overall think this could work slighter better as 6 slightly longer episodes? Instead of 8 45 minute ones, instead having 6, 1 Hour ish chunks?

But again,

This is a fantastic way to experience the Hobbit story, taking the best of Adam Dens edit and breaking it down into a more digestible format. Good work here! Congratulations

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Quite well done indeed. Focus on pacing is noticeable. In a good way.

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I enjoyed this fanedit immensely. Turning Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" into a miniseries worked well, and I applaud the well-thought intros/exits of each episode.

This fanedit retains quite a few subplots most other faneditors abandon, but EddieDean's goal was to really keep this as a prequel to Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings," and he accomplishes his goal very well. Most of the silliness/grotesque/out-of-place is removed, but we do catch a sizeable amount of the rise of Sauron in digestible pieces throughout the series.

I'm a huge fan of "The Battle of Five Edits" version of "The Hobbit," but this one was significantly different to merit its own place alongside that fanedit. The fact that it is distributed in 8 digestible bites makes this a fabulous multi-night viewing opportunity of roughly equal parts.

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