9 Things We Have Learned About Hobbits

Thirteen years, six movies, 18 hours of footage, thousands of beards, wigs and bushy eyebrows, not to mention hundreds of miles of toupee tape to attach them to actors’ faces. And now, with the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the saga of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” is finally over — at least until the extended versions in special-edition embossed Blu-ray boxed sets, possibly festooned with hair shaved from the feet of an actual living hobbit, arrive on the shelves in time for next Christmas. But rather than carping about the myriad ways in which audiences will be entreated to pay again for these films or about the pernicious effects of money and riches on the souls of mortals, let us think instead of all the ways in which Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies changed the landscape of cinema. Just as there are nine members of the Fellowship, here are nine things we have learned from Peter Jackson’s six-picture behemoth.

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