I just finished watching The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. You know I am a fan, I wouldn't miss it for the world! My first AND only movie I watched in the theater for this year. I said to myself that I would gladly spend money for The Hobbit movie and nothing else. I said 'no' to The Guardians of the Galaxy and Interstellar because of this. So there I was. But it was a money well-spent, if you are in to the whole Lord of the Rings thing.
Last night, as I spent my 6 hours ( yep, S-I-X hours!) watching the last two extended edition The Hobbit movies ( An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug), which I watched countless times,in preparation for the sequel, The Battle of the Five Armies. I realized that there are lessons to be learned in this whole Hobbit trilogy. I thought I'd share it with you guys. Here it is:
- Who says the way to your goal is easy? It never is.
To reach Erebor, they must overcome hurdles, just as we need to battle our way to our goal and treat every hurdle as a way to strengthen ourselves and those relationships around us.
- "Tell me, when did doilies and your mother's dishes become so important to you?... The world is not in your books and maps. It's out there." -Gandalf to Bilbo Baggins
- "You have a tale or two to tell of your own when you come back." -Gandalf the Grey to Bilbo
"No, and if you do, you will not be the same." -Gandalf the Grey
Told you travelling, living abroad and stepping out of your comfort zone can change you. Need I say more?
- "But home is now behind you, the world is ahead." -Gandalf the Grey to Bilbo
- It is sad, Frodo, how old alliances can be broken. How friendships between peoples can be lost and for what...? (scoffs)- Bilbo Baggins (referring to the rift between elves and dwarves over the white gems)
- Thror's love of gold had grown too fierce. A sickness had begun to grow within him. It was a sickness of the mind. And where sickness thrives, bad things will follow." -Bilbo Baggins
Oh, how contentment is such an elusive thing. It's human nature to want more, as what I mentioned in one of my blog posts, apparently it's true to dwarves,too. hehe!
Greed is one of the highlights of the movie. How Thorin succumbs to greed after the death of Smaug, when they are inside the Halls of Erebor. When he saw the vast gold, he suddenly forgot all his promises he made to the people of Dale.
- Great story doesn't always begin with fireworks and that whole shebangs, it could begin "in a hole in the ground."
Do not begin to think that you want somebody else's life other than your own. Carve your own adventure!
- "There's a lot more to him that appearances suggest, and he's got a great deal more to offer than any of you know, including himself "- Gandalf the Grey to the 13th dwarves and Bilbo
- "True courage is about knowing not when to take a life.. but when to spare one." --Gandalf to Bilbo ( when Gandalf handed Bilbo and elven sword which Bilbo later called Sting)
- "Mithrandir... why the halfling?" -Lady Galadriel to Gandalf
*Mithrandir is one of Gandalf's aliases. I believe it is only elves that call him that.
*Saruman- the white wizard
- "You! What were you doing? You nearly got yourself killed! Did I not say that you would be a burden? That you would not survive the wild? That you have no place amongst us? I have never been so wrong in all my life. But I am sorry I doubted you." - Thorin to Bilbo
- Reading contracts-even the fine print (just how Bilbo read the contract, even fainted after reading it)
- Honoring your words over money
- At the end, when Bilbo arrived at the Shire after his great adventure with the dwarves, I smiled... I see myself in it. It's like me arriving at 'my' Shire (Philippines) having returned from 'my' great adventure (working abroad).
Ahhh, The Hobbit trilogy is really over. I was sad, big time! My last movie in the country. My last Five Guys as well! Counting days till I come home for good.
P.S. Sorry if I haven't been blogging a whole lot. My mind is all over the place. I will try and keep up, swear!