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I had this posted on my personal page and thought that it'd be good to post it here as well. We are the Alliance to Restore Canon after all, doesn't mean just Star Wars.
Anywho, Im getting quite tired of people complaining about The Hobbit being 3 movies rather than 2 (it was originally going to be a duology). People claim that Peter Jackson is only doing it for money, however many fail to realize that Mr. Jackson is also taking into account several other of Tolkien's works.
As i watched the film (and ive seen it 3 times already) I noticed countless references from The Unfinished Tales, The Silmarillion, and the Appendices of The Return of the King.
The film does contain some Continuity issues though. For example, During the film Thorin and his company are being constantly pursued by Azog the Defiler. In the book, its Azog's Son, Blog who seeks revenge on Thorin (also he doesn't appear in the chapters that the first Film portrays). In Fact Azog shouldn't even be Alive, for he was slain by Durin II Iron foot at the Battle of Azanulbizar. though the Battle is depicted in the film as a flashback, Dain doesn't make an appearance, instead Thorin hews Azog's arm off.
All that aside, it doesn't necessarily prove that Mr. Jackson is just using the issues and the 2 other films as an excuse to accrue more currency. The reason why he included Azog is because Azog makes an excellent antagonist, and seeing that the first 5 chapters that the film portrays have relatively little action, Jackson took it as a perfect opportunity to go more into the lore behind the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
my point is: next time you complain about The Hobbit being 3 films, take some time out of your scheduled to pick up one of Tolkien's other works.