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 Far o'er the Misty Mountains cold / To dungeons deep and caverns old...

We must away, ere break of day / To seek the pale, enchanted gold!

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Surely no one with such a Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe goes on grand adventures.


The Rankin Bass adaptation of The Hobbit has an Animesque style similar to their adaptation of The Last Unicorn. It might have to do with the fact it was animated by Studio Topcraft, which would later make Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind . It also has a lot of famous voice talent, including John Huston as Gandalf.

Followed up by R-B's adaptation of The Return of the King.


Provides Examples Of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Generally, the movie does a very nice job boiling down the novel into a good seventy minute movie, and some of the voicework is absolutely legendary (particularly Orson Bean as Bilbo, Brother Theodore as Gollum, and Richard Boone as Smaug). The only truly noticeable plot point left out is Beorn, who is totally absent.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plothole: The first meeting with the wood elves was left out... and then alluded to in the second meeting as "the wood elves had returned."
  • An Aesop: The film's theme song, "The Greatest Adventure".
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 The man who's a dreamer, and never takes leave

Who thinks of a world that is just make-believe

Will never know passion, will never know pain

Who sits by the window will one day see rain

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 Gandalf: Dread has come upon you all! An army of Goblins with claim to the treasure comes from the north! Behold! They ride upon wolves!

Thorin: Oh, great Elf-king! My truest friend and ally! We must join forces against this common scourge!

Thranduil: But... of course... o noble King under the Mountain. Your people are like brothers unto mine.

Bard: And my Men and all their weapons are as one with yours. Together, we shall vanquish the foul foe!

All: TOGETHER!

Bilbo: (to himself) Thorin is correct, I simply do not understand war.

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 Roast 'em alive or stew 'em in a pot! Fry them! Boil them! Eat them hot!

Bake and toast 'em. Fry and roast 'em 'Till beards blaze, and eyes glaze,

Till hair swells and skins crack, Fat melts and bones black

In cinders lie beneath the sky, SO THE DWARVES SHALL DIE!

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 The sword is sharp, the spear is long, the arrow swift, the gate is strong.

The heart is bold that looks on gold... And dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.

The King has come into his hall... Under the mountain dark and tall.

The worm of dread is slain and dead, and ever so our foes shall fall!

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  1. (which is not to suggest that they aren't thoroughly excellent)