THBOTFA Director Sir Peter Jackson should have left in the somber and poignant funeral for Thorin Oakenshield–portrayed by the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage –in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and chopped off the last 10 minutes of the movie where Bilbo returns to a Bag End auction. IMHO.
King Thorin deserved the honor of a valorizing funeral for the sacrifices that he made for his people. That funeral scene was The defining chapter conclusion [(right)]. For the tragedies that Thorin endured of his grandfather being killed before his eyes, for the agony of not knowing his father’s fate, then finding it out. For Thorin almost succumbing to the gold sickness– ostracizing everyone in the process–but ultimately, being the leader who rallied his comrades to fight for him, one last time.
But Thorin’s funeral ended up on the cutting room floor for the initial theatrical release. Arrrghhhh!
However, the THBOTFA film’s extended edition includes the funeral, the chariot race, etc. Yay! So thanks to Devansh Sharma for sharing this video clip of Thorin’s funeral from the extended edition!
Very moving. But I have one nagging point. The Arkenstone needed to be placed a bit higher than it was–as in, over Thorin’s heart, not his stomach (my cap, below). But otherwise, the funeral scenes were very lovely and stirring–and especially poignant with Thorin’s body being flanked by the bodies of his nephews Kili and Fili.
We/I needed the closure that a cinematic funeral provides for the epic quest and battle saga of Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain(below), to reclaim their homeland of Mount Erebor.
So thank goodness for the THBOTFA Extended Edition being released on dvd and blue ray on November 17th! I can’t wait to buy my copy!