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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2015, 11:33 am 
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I guess that would make sense. But you would think that a character like him would require such a turn of tide in battle. I suspected that the length and the deadline for the theatrical version might have had some to do with it.

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2015, 12:59 pm 
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Beorn is not the same character in the books as he is in the film though. Like Dain, his power and abilities had to be diminished to up the stakes for Thorin to kill Azog. In the books he's very much the Deus Ex Machina- Beorn arrives, kills Bolg, grabs Thorin's body and the battle is won. But in the films he's a secondary character, he's there to give the moment of hope that the reinforcements have arrived, because the focus is on Thorin to win the battle by killing Azog.

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: December 31st, 2015, 8:59 am 
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Yeah... I wish they had done it like the book. Though there are always issues transcribing from paper to screne. I just enjoyed his character in the book more than in the movie. I thought maybe if they put more of him it might compensate but I guess what you are saying makes sense.

Essentially he is a different character with a very different roll.

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: December 31st, 2015, 2:28 pm 
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Yeah, I much preferred book Beorn too. Though I love the design of the film character & his house is beautiful. Film!Beorn kind of seems a bit like Tom Bombadil: powerful, but ultimately not that integral to the plot. :)

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: January 1st, 2016, 5:32 pm 
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Yeah, I do love the design in the movie a lot! Just wish there was more of it.

Agreed. Tom is another character I would have liked to see in his book roles. (LOtR)

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: January 1st, 2016, 5:48 pm 
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I'm actually completely fine with Tom Bombadil's omission from the LotR films, as they pay homage to him in Fangorn during the Old Man Willow scene. For curiosity's sake I'd be interested to see what they would have done on the design & casting front, but to me the character was never really that crucial.

Whereas it's a bit disappointing from a book readers point of view that Beorn got reduced to that kind of character. I do like his scenes but he's little more than a magical enigma :)

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
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I watched BOFA extended today for the first time and if I looked away when the eagles arrived, I don't think I would have seen Beorn at all. The only good thing is that at least we got a glimpse of him.

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 Post subject: Re: More of Beorn in the extended version?
PostPosted: January 2nd, 2016, 5:02 pm 
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Ah, well. Bombadil isn't a huge character but I always liked him.


But yeah... Beorn played a bigger roll in the hobbit.

But as Starshine mentions at least we do get to see more of him.

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