Last night, my wife and I went to see the final installment of The Hobbit. It was a great film, and we were especially pleased to see Matt Landreth (son of Chris and Glenda Landreth) mentioned in the credits. The Landreths are friends of ours from New Zealand. Congratulations, Matt!

My favorite part of the movie was the powerful scene where Thorin Oakenshield utters his final words to his friend, Bilbo Baggins. Here are Thorin’s last words, as originally written by Tolkien:

“Bilbo knelt on one knee filled with sorrow. ‘Farewell, King under the Mountain!’ he said. ‘This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils—that has been more than any Baggins deserves.’ ‘No!’ said Thorin. ‘There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world’” (The Hobbit, 272-273).

Peter Jackson slightly altered Thorin’s last words for the movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

‘If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.’

Words worth remembering!

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