The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Trivia: "Bombur" doesn't have a single line of dialogue in the movie.


Trivia: The blade that Gandalf presents to the high Elves and Saruman is the same blade that Frodo gets stabbed with in Fellowship of the Ring on Weathertop. Confirmed in the director's commentary. How the blade makes its way back to the witch-king hasn't been revealed.

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Trivia: When Gandalf and the Dwarfs are fighting their way out of The Misty Mountains, one of the goblins is knocked off a bridge and lets out a recognisable Wilhelm scream.

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Trivia: The first live adaptation film of The Hobbit was made by the Soviets for Leningrad children's TV in 1985. It is on YouTube:

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Continuity mistake: At the dinner scene at Bilbo's house, just before Bofur throws the egg at Bombur's mouth, Fili is seen sitting next to Bombur. Yet as Bombur catches the egg, Ori is now sitting where Fili was sitting.

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Bilbo: Oh, up to but not exceeding one fourteenth total profit if any. Seems fair. Present company shall not be liable for injuries including but not limited to laceration, evisceration... Incineration?
Bofur: Oh, aye. He'll melt the flesh off your bones in the blink of an eye.
Balin: You all right, laddie?
Bilbo: Yeah, I'll be. Feel a bit faint.
Bofur: Think furnace, with wings.
Bilbo: Yeah, I-I-I need air.
Bofur: Flash of light, searing pain, then poof, you're nothing more than a pile of ash.
Bilbo: [Long pause.] No. [Bilbo faints.].

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Question: Was any reason ever given as to why Gandalf chose Bilbo to go on this journey and not someone else?

Answer: In the film, Gandalf tells the dwarves he chose Bilbo because hobbits are light on their feet, and because Smaug would not recognise the scent of a hobbit as he would a dwarf. Also Bilbo is the most adventurous of the hobbits in the Shire. This reason is not in the book but is from the story "The Quest of Erebor" in Tolkien's Unfinished Tales.

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