Originally Posted by Pam Oliver's Forehead
These people just don't get it. Peter Jackson mined the appendices to add more story content to the Hobbit.
The first one was awesome, this will be even better.
This is by the fan, for the fans.
Yeah, I'm fine with expanding the movies to include not only the book but the stuff that we know happens, but is off-screen in the book, as well as the appendices.
I honestly thought the meeting of the White Council at Rivendell in the first movie was an excellent scene. None of that happens in the book, but you know it DOES happen (though it wouldn't likely have been when the Dwarves and Bilbo were also at Rivendell.
At this point, all that can really be said is that I **TRUST** Jackson. He knows the story, he is a fan, he understands what the hardcore fans want and don't want, and what is necessary to appeal to those new to the stories, and is doing a very good job, generally, of balancing it all.
But yeah, I'd prefer to avoid gravity defying trees that are 95% ripped up by their trunks and have hundreds of pounds of dead weight on the end of them hanging over a cliff but somehow, miraculously don't topple over.
The line I hated the most in the first three movies -- Aragorn: "lean forward!" to Frodo while they're atop a pile of rock that is swaying in the breeze. That would be like suggesting that the way a mosquito on the top of your head leans would remotely affect the direction in which you would fall. In fact, having the rocks sway at all was completely unnecessary and utterly stupid.
The Witch King blowing Gandalf off Shadowfax and breaking his staff, in the third movie, was the scene i hated most (extended edition only). I thought he truly didn't understand the material and deserted the fan base with that one. No idea WTF he was thinking on that.
But that crap is minor compared to the epic awesomeness of having the stories told in well-acted, well-directed and a visually spectacular way.