For some fans, the journey has already gone on longer than expected. The initial decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of Bilbo Baggins into two films struck many as a surprise — and an even bigger surprise when a third film, "The Battle of the Five Armies," was announced.
Will we ever see a version of "The Hobbit" that shows nothing more than what Tolkien wrote in his novel of the same name? Perhaps not — but editor Joel Walden wondered what such a movie might look like, and cobbled together the following trailer as a result:
What do you think? Does the simpler, more streamlined version of "The Hobbit" work for you, or do you prefer the expansive epic that Jackson has told across three films?