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It's nice to see classic book scenes (Gandalf's introduction of the ...
on 30 December 2016
The extended scenes make a difference to the film, more than you'd think. It's nice to see classic book scenes (Gandalf's introduction of the dwarves to Beorn is straight from the pages of the Hobbit), though I understand why they were cut. In the case of that scene, there's no need for a recap.
Other scenes that were cut include a much longer trek through Mirkwood. with the sickly magic in the air affecting the dwarves much more strongly, a scene of the dwarves crossing Mirkwood's enchanted river, with Bombur falling in, additional stuff in Lake-town (showing the town's discontent with the Master and his thugs), and most significantly, a change to Gandalf's side-quest to Dol Guldur. In this version, Gandalf runs into Thrain, Thorin's father, in Dol Guldur, and the two attempt to escape together.