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From The Hobbit to An Unexpected Journey: A look at the similarities and differences of a film adaptation

December 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm by Aragorn the Elfstone  - 

Yahoo! Movies ExclusiveIt’s safe to say that following the release of any film adaptation, conversation naturally veers to discussing divergences from the original work and creative license taken by the filmmakers. But what of those moments in which the film follows the lead of the novel more closely? A couple of
days ago, over on our forums, Ringer Barrow-Wight started a topic, including a LIST of many moments throughout The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in which events and/or dialogue were very faithfully transferred from book to film. We’ve got it below for you to read.

After you take a look at Barrow-Wight’s list, be sure to check out this link, posted further down in the thread, which examines the differences between the films and the book: “The Hobbit: A List of Differences between the movies and the book”


An Unexpected Journey: Book to Film list (Barrow-Wight)

*Editor’s Note: Quotes from the book are found in italics, while the ones from the film are in bold. Barrow-Wight’s additional notes are in red.
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AN UNEXPECTED PARTY

” In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-Hole, and that means comfort.”

BILBO: In a hole in a ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty wet hole full of worms and oozy smells. this was a Hobbit hole and that means good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home.

Almost the entirety of The Good Morning scene is like the book

” He liked visitors, but he liked to know them before they arrived, and he preferred to ask them himself ”
BILBO: It’s not that I don’t like visitors. I like visitors as much as the next hobbit, but I do like to know them before they come visiting.

GANDALF: Quite a merry gathering!
GANDALF: Oh, they’re quite a merry gathering, once you get used to them.


in the book Bilbo offers him tea in the movie it is Dori

GANDALF: What’s that? tea! No thank you! a little red wine, I think, for me

DORI: Excuse me, mister Gandalf? May I tempt you with a cup of camomile?
GANDALF: Oh, no thank you, Dori. A little red wine will do it for me, I think.

BILBO: Confusticate and bebother these dwarves!
BILBO: Bebother and confusticate these dwarves!

” If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you would realise that this was only poetical exaggeration applied to any hobbit, even to Old Took’s great-grand-uncle Bullroarer, who was so huge for a hobbit that he could ride a horse. He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle Of The Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club, it sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf invented at the same moment. “

GANDALF: You are also a Took. Did you know that your great-great-great-great-uncle, Bullroarer Took, was so large he could ride a real horse? Well he could. In the Battle of Green Fields, he charged the goblin ranks. He swung his club so hard it knocked the Goblin King’s head clean off, and it sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit hole. And thus the battle was won, and the game of golf invented at the same time.

GLOIN: He looks more like a grocer then a burglar!
THORIN:
He looks more like a grocer than a burglar

Bilbo faints like he does in the book but he doesn’t squeal

BILBO: I will show you. I have no signs on my door it was painted a week ago, and I am quite sure you have come to the wrong house.
GANDALF: Of course there is a mark, I put it there myself

BILBO: Mark? There’s no mark on that door. It was painted a week ago!
GANDALF: There is a mark; I put it there myself.

GANDALF: You asked me to find the fourteenth man for your expedition, and I chose Mr. Baggins. – I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a burglar, a burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him then you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself.
GANDALF: You asked me to find the fourteenth member of this company, and I have chosen Mr. Baggins. There’s a lot more to him than appearances suggest, and he’s got a great deal more to offer than any of you know, including himself.

BILBO: Also I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth
BALIN: It’s just the usual summary of out-of-pocket expenses, time required, remuneration, funeral arrangements, so forth.

Some of the prologue was lifted from Thorin’s accounts of the same event In the book Thorin describes Erebor and Dale and describes the Toy Market

THORIN: Not to speak of the most marvelous and magical toys, the like of which is not to be found in the world now-a-days
BILBO: It began long ago in a land far away to the east, the like of which you will not find in the world today.

THORIN: Dragons steal gold and jewels, you know, from men and elves and dwarves, wherever they can find them; and they guard their plunder as long as they live
BILBO: Erebor was lost, for a dragon will guard his plunder as long as he lives.

THORIN: The first we heard of it was a noise like a hurricane coming from the North, and the pine trees on the mountain creaking and cracking in the wind.
BILBO: The first they heard was a noise like a hurricane coming down from the north. The pines on the mountain creaked and cracked in a hot, dry wind.
Bilbo falls asleep to “Misty Mountains” like he does in the book except in the book Thorin is singing it alone

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ROAST MUTTON

THORIN: come back if you can! If you can’t, hoot twice like a barn owl and once like a screech-owl, and we will do what we can.
FILI: If you run into trouble, hoot twice like a barn owl, once like a brown owl.

TROLL: Mutton yesterday, mutton today and blimey, if it don’t look like again tomorrer.
BERT: Mutton yesterday, mutton today, and blimey, if it don’t look like mutton again tomorrow.”

apparently the troll cook has been changed from William to Bert for the film

WILLIAM: and time’s been up our way, when yer’d have said “Thank you Bill” for a nice bit ‘o’ fat valley mutton like what this is.
BERT: I’m just saying, a little appreciation would be nice. ‘Thank you very much, Bert,’ ‘Lovely stew Bert’ how hard is that?

BILBO: Bilbo Baggins, a bur -a hobbit
WILLIAM: What’s a burrahobbit got to do with my pocket, anyways?
TOM: And can yer cook ‘em?
BERT: Yer can try
WILLIAM: He wouldn’t make above a mouthful, not when he was skinned and boned
BERT: P’raps there are more like him round about, and we might make a pie. Here you, are there any more of your sort a-sneakin; in these here woods, yer nassty little rabbit?

BILBO: I’m a burglar– uhh, Hobbit.
TOM: A Burgla-Hobbit?
BERT: Can we cook `im?
TOM: We can try!
WILLIAM: He wouldn’t make more than a mouthful, not when he’s skinned and boned!
BERT: Perhaps there’s more Burglar-Hobbits around these parts. Might be enough for a pie Are there any more of you little fellas `iding where you shouldn’t?

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Click HERE to continue reading Barrow-Wight‘s list and take part in the discussion thread.

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