Why Gandalf’s Backstory Was Missing From The Hobbit

Now that so many of us have seen (and re-seen) The Hobbit, we can begin wringing our hands over the scenes from the book and the Lord of the Rings appendices that we'd have expected to make the movie — but didn't. We'd have thought, for example, that Team Jackson would have given more of Gandalf's backstory, explaining why he was helping the Dwarf company and how he got the map and key for their treasure hunt. Instead, there's no insight into what Gandalf does when he disappears from the group. Vulture commenced hand-wringing a few weeks back at the film's New York premiere, when we asked Hobbit co-writers Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens to explain this (hopefully temporary) plot hole. Read More...



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