Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fan Film: Battle of Dol Guldur

Fan editor David Killstein, the creator of the three-hour cut of The Hobbit, returns with a new piece of Hobbit apocrypha called The Battle of Dol Guldur.  This magnificent hour long movie has been assembled from footage taken from the Hobbit trilogy to recreate Tolkien's stories of the White Council and Thrain from appendices and notes left behind by Tolkien.

Seeing how much depth a fan can go into merely using re-cut footage, I'm convinced that, if The Silmarilion ever receives the adaptation it so richly deserves, that adaptation needs to be shot for a much longer television adaptation, rather than yet another abridged film.
"This is the adventure of Gandalf the Grey. Fear strikes the great wizard as he realizes that evil may be on the rise after hundreds of years of peace. With rumors of a necromancer and increasing darkness at Mirkwood Forest, Gandalf attempts to seek help from Saruman the White. Turned down, he ventures off on his own to meet with Radagast the Brown and investigate the darkness of Dol Guldur.

All footage is taken from The Hobbit trilogy. Unlike my 3-Hour Hobbit edit (, which removes this plot entirely, this cut does precisely the opposite: it is a 100% Hobbit-free version of the Hobbit, it exclusively tells the story of Gandalf and his adventures that take place during Bilbo and Thorin's journey to The Lonely Mountain."

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