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It was an amazing final chapter in the movie trilogy. My hat is off to Peter Jackson; his direction of the battle that went in so many different tangents was beyond anything that I had ever seen before. We saw it in 3-D and I couldn’t help dodging, weaving, ducking and arching back during each stage of the huge battle. It is no exaggeration to say that I felt winded by the last part of the movie.

During the movie I couldn’t help but feel a little sad because I knew that this was the last time that I would see my “friends” Bilbo, Kili and Fili, Balin and Gandulf on the big screen. I know that I will be able to see all of the movies on t.v probably in a row and that could literally be an old day affair; but it won’t be the same.

There can’t be any spoilers because the Hobbit has been published forever and so I would imagine that the dwarves who don’t make it are known to all by now. Thorin’s death I was prepared for, but somehow I had been able to banish from my mind the knowledge that Kili and Fili were going to fight until their last breath against the forces of darkness. I know that Tauriel was an addition made by Peter Jackson, but she fit perfectly within the story and the moment that Kili dies in my mind was even more heartbreaking because of Tauriel. Kili wasn’t just fighting for his uncle and the quest, he was fighting for love. I had tears in my eyes, it was so very sad.

Peter Jackson and Richard Armitage clearly understood exactly what greed looks like; its insidious grasp on a man’s soul, a dwarve’s soul, an elve’s soul and even a dragon’s soul. It was so acutely portrayed in the movie; I have never seen greed given such an accurate character study before.

I will miss visiting the Shire in the movies.