For those movie goers less than thrilled with super long runtimes, including yours truly, this article goes into a lot of detail explaining why it makes sense with The Hobbit. They make a good case. The movie answers questions from the book. It draws from notes Tolkien kept about The Lord of the Rings. Good enough for me. It’s been so long since I read The Hobbit, I’ll need all the help I can get.

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