The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- 8 Big Differences Between The Book And Movie
Gandalf meets with The White Council.
Because the action in The Hobbit is entirely limited to what happens to Bilbo, we don't see anything he doesn't-- including this meeting between Gandalf, Galadriel, Saruman and Elrond, which Tolkien describes in the appendices. The scene is a chance to bring back familiar faces from Lord of the Rings, of course, but it also gives a little extra weight to the story, once again helping lead into the heavy drama of Lord of the Rings. This all happens while Bilbo and the dwarves are hunkered down in Rivedell, which in the book happens over several weeks, but seems to be just a day or two here.
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