Who Are They? While Tolkien didn’t actually really differentiate between orcs and goblins, they seem to exist as two separate species in Peter Jackson’s movies. Much like orcs they are a very ugly, violent species, but are also very advanced when it comes to technology (they are very skilled at crafting weapons that can kill people). To borrow words from the writer himself, “goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted.”

How Do They Fit? Goblins only show up briefly in The Hobbit, but it’s one of the better sequences in the movie, so I’ll refrain from saying too much about their involvement. What I will say is that they put Bilbo and company is a very serious predicament and a whole lot of danger.

The Lonely Mountain
What Is It? The Lonely Mountain may simply look like a spot on a map, but it’s actually filled with a rich history and is one of the most significant locations is all of Middle-earth. The mountain, also known as Erebor, was originally the homeland of the dwarves where they built incredibly successful mining operation. Sadly their home was taken away from them when the great dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) flew in, raided the city, and took over.

How Does It Fit? Every journey needs a destination and for Bilbo and his company of dwarves the Lonely Mountain is the place. The main story of the entire trilogy sees the group traveling from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain with the plans to finally defeat Smaug and reclaim rights to the dwarf homeland. We only see the city briefly during the movie’s first scene, as we learn about the history behind the adventure, but we are surely going to see more of it as the rest of the films come out.

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