Peter Jackson is a total genius baby! The Lord of the Rings HAD to be a trilogy, if cut down versions of the books. Expanding The Hobbit into three parts adds to the tension, the first part introducing all the characters and getting the journey started while the second raises the stakes.
I knew the Battle of the Five Armies would be in the final part, but I thought they would kill of Smaug, glad I got that wrong!
ANYWAY, the film starts with the first meeting between Gandalf and Thorin in the Prancing Pony. From there it continues where part one left off, with the company pursued by Orcs, taking shelter with Shapeshifter Beorn and then captured by Legolas, Turiel and the Elves of Mirkwood.
Gandalf decides to take on the Necromancer at Gol Doldur, biting off more than he can chew. Bilbo and the Dwarfs are chased by the Elves down a river in barrels (I kid-you-not!) and then rescued by Bard who takes them to Esgaroth.
When the reach Erebor, the Lonely mountain, it is Bilbo who finds his way in and has a very long chat with Smaug, who hasn’t had anyone to chat to in a long time. The Dwarves enter and the Dragon gets fiery, though they outwit him, so he gets fed up and leaves to take out his frustration on the Lake town.
It doesn’t seem to end well as the Necromancer’s army marches off and Bilbo watches Smaug prepare to attack, leaving you eager to see how it all ends. Roll on December!
Now all that’s left is a series based on the Silmarillion, so I’d better get something sorted for that then!