Block wrote:Again, how is that actually important to the story of the Hobbit? I know all of the backstory, I've read all of the books, but frankly the Hobbit does just fine on its own without all that extra stuff. In fact it's probably better without the extra, because it's a well paced as is, the animated version was pretty much perfect as far as the storyline to follow without being slow.
It works fine as it is as a stand alone story, but once you start looking at it in the context of the War of the Ring it becomes far richer for the additional material, because with hindsight you can see the opening moves of the war - key pieces being moved into place or eliminated. It one of, if not the best aspect of the world Tolkein created - individual stories hold up well on their own, but the more layers he added the better they became.