Peter Jackson’s Hobbit series is over. It took three long years, but last December the New Zealand-born filmmaker released the final chapter in his cinematic vision of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. But while you may have seen all of the movies released so far, you actually haven’t seen the full story just yet, as we are only now about to see the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition.

To celebrate the upcoming digital and Blu-ray release of the epic fantasy film, Fathom Events is hosting a special big screen presentation tonight of the longer version of the Hobbit’s final chapter. In anticipation of this special event, we went back to look at the Extended Editions of both An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug to look for key scenes that were removed from the theatrical version of the movies but still actually add quite a lot. What are these scenes? Read on and find out!

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Young Bilbo Enjoying Gandalf’s Fireworks
"Show Don’t Tell" is an important philosophy in the movie world. After all, it’s a visual medium, and an audience is going to be bored to tears if everything is just explained to them through either narration or exposition-heavy dialogue. It’s for this reason that I give a lot of credit to a very quick scene at the start of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, featuring Gandalf setting off fireworks with a young Bilbo Baggins by his side.

This moment doesn’t have a giant impact on The Hobbit trilogy as a whole, but it is a pretty and fun little moment that does a good job enhancing what are at the end of the day multiple references to Gandalf’s fireworks. It is a bit weird that we never get to see the wizard’s face – presumably because the production didn’t want to shell out the money to de-age Ian McKellen – but it’s such a nice and small moment that I wonder why Peter Jackson decided to cut it out.

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