Hopefully many of you have been able to watch J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by now. If you enjoyed that fan edit, then you may also enjoy Durin's Folk and the Hill of Sorcery, a companion film that focuses on the backstory of the dwarves and how it ties into the White Council's investigation into Dol Guldur. Below is the link to watch the film on Vimeo, where you can also download it directly under the video box. Alternatively, you can visit the Downloads Page and retrieve it via MEGA.
Durin's Folk and the Hill of Sorcery will be included on the special features of the DVD/Bluray release of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Coming soon!
12/8/2015 11:01:10 am
Fantastic edit! This really is a phenomenal supplement to your Hobbit edit. I'm honestly surprised at how well this comes together as a standalone film. I will most certainly be recommending this (along with your Hobbit edit) to all my friends, and together these will become my definitive choice for watching The Hobbit.
12/8/2015 12:51:39 pm
I hope you are able to take some of the constructive criticism from the comments in the Hobbit page before making the final Blu-Ray release. I think your edit definitely has the potential to be the best and ideal edit possible from this film, with just a few changes. The Extended Editions of the LotR also kind of screw up the pacing, but people love them because they give us more of what Tolkien wrote translated to the screen. I feel similarly about some of the stuff you decided to cut such as the Beorn intros and some of the Mirkwood scenes. I hope that you can see that the almost complete consensus from fans of your edit on some of the changes that could be made to make it even better than it is.
12/8/2015 01:00:05 pm
Thank you Ron. I have taken people's requests and suggestions into consideration, but since we have been working on subtitles the past week or so, I will no longer be adjusting/removing/adding any individual scenes. This would mess up the timestamps required for subtitles and would set things back a bit. I collected as much feedback as I could from viewers back in April when I released a first cut, and this final cut is the result of that feedback and my own personal preferences for the film.
12/8/2015 01:16:18 pm
If the blu-ray release will be your absolute final edit, would you be opposed to other people taking the work you've done and adding/removing certain scenes to better align with their preferences?
12/9/2015 11:21:38 am
That sounds great! I also read someone talking about possibly outsourcing the shot in which Smaug breaks out of Erebor to do a more extensive colour correction, completely removing the gold. I'm not sure if you want to do that or if it's even possible for anyone you know to fix that.
12/8/2015 01:59:54 pm
I would not be opposed to that at all. Especially since I did just that to Peter Jackson's films!
12/8/2015 08:21:38 pm
Hey just wanted to let you know for the dvd release, that there is a moment during Bard and Thorins confrontation in Lake town that Thorin begins a sentence, but then is immediately cut away. Happens right around 2:22:15
12/9/2015 11:15:08 am
Jake is right. At 2:22:15 it sounds like there's an audio dissolve issue or something that picks up an extra word of dialogue before Thorin says "If we succeed..." It's a little jarring, but not a glaring issue. Maybe an easy fix?
12/8/2015 03:22:54 pm
I'm really excited for the final cut with extras coming soon! It seems like the Mirkwood EE scene is definitely the most asked for deleted scene after the introduction to Beorn. Might you consider including in this special features with color corrections to match the movie like you did with Beorn's scene, so that fans can add it in if they want? I also don't know if you've decided to take another look at the timing of the Gandalf voice-over on the Eagles, which some people have pointed out sounds kind of weird in its present state.
12/8/2015 06:09:30 pm
Will the Blu-Ray release be just as compressed as the final cut released earlier? ~9.8GB seems really small for a 4 hour movie.
12/8/2015 07:20:18 pm
The Bluray release will be massive in size. There will be two ISO files...one for each disc. They will each be around 30GB.
12/8/2015 07:34:53 pm
Jesus H. Christ, 60GB?! How is that even possible?
12/8/2015 07:45:54 pm
HAHAHA well you want high quality don't you?? Better give yourself a few days to download!
12/8/2015 11:18:23 pm
How big do will the DVD ISO be?
12/8/2015 07:29:22 pm
Thank you very much for all your work here, Dustin. Really fantastic to see The Hobbit in such a finely cut edition! A true pleasure to watch. I look forward to any future work of yours.
12/10/2015 06:26:07 am
Yeah I think they flagged it. The Vimeo link is still available however.
12/10/2015 10:21:05 am
Thank you very much for this. Nice homage to the scenes that you couldn't include in your Hobbit fanedit.
12/15/2015 07:20:03 pm
I do really like this as a supplement, but while watching it with someone that had not yet seen the Hobbit, the cuts and jumps with the dwarves are rather jarring. I feel you could have included many, if not all of the scenes where Gandalf was actually present to make a decent 2-hour standalone movie which is all from Gandalf's perspective, rather than a supplemental companion piece.
12/24/2015 06:54:54 am
Hi, Dustin! Are there any news about the English subtitles? This glorious project deserves to be completed!
1/2/2016 01:51:50 am
First and foremost ... thank you for these fan edits. My disappointed kept increasing with each successive Hobbit film. The flaws in Hobbit trilogy are evident from the way it was conceptualized (Five Armies extras explains PJ's frustration in general at the lack of preparation for this trilogy). Each scene felt padded with unnecessary tension-building and the extra story-lines went no where. While I could envision a decent cut of the Hobbit, I had no idea (technically) how to achieve it. After experiencing your edit of the Hobbit and the companion film, I put together a 3.5 hour edit that includes key plot points from both your edits and the extended editions. My main goal was to make a hobbit film that would enhance the experience of watching LOTR trilogy by serving as a (3.5 hr) prologue. Radagast, Necromancer, Dol Gulor, Azog history, Smaug attack on Dale and Erabor are included and all the sequences are heavily edited to keep the focus on Bilbo. The version I put together is not meant to follow the book (an impossible task given the footage available), but rather to ensure that the LOTR trilogy viewing experience is not diminished by Hobbit film.
1/2/2016 01:59:35 am
Thereby the hobbit acts only as prologue for the discovery of a ring whose nature are not revealed; the return of Saruon and Bilbo's adventure.
1/4/2016 04:24:04 am
I'm intrigued by this. Any intention of sharing your work?
10/27/2020 10:27:00 am
Hi! It's been 4 years, and your Hobbit edit sounds quite interesting. Have you completed it, and if so, where can I find it?
4/5/2016 01:46:24 pm
Dustin, I can't say how impressed I am with all the hard work! I haven't seen anything yet (except for the 1m "love story" which was hilarious) and I'm excited to see the finished product. Thanks again!!
4/5/2016 06:36:57 pm
Thanks Thomas, I would recommend watching Durin's Folk after the main Hobbit film. It works as a sort of a bonus feature to the main quest!
7/5/2016 11:11:40 am
I'm watching this for the third time in three days. Brilliant. It gives me the same feeling I had when Fellowship came out. Your recut is much better than the official movies.
7/5/2016 01:51:36 pm
⬆️ Crap, wrong article. Too much caffeine.
8/17/2016 08:44:28 pm
I want to download this but the Google Drive link is being crazy slow - any particular reason there isn't a separate torrent for this like there is for the main movie? I'd totally download and seed.
8/17/2016 09:01:10 pm
Hmm. Try clicking on the Vimeo link for Durin's Folk, and downloading it there. You should see a Download button just below the video player.
1/27/2019 04:07:56 pm
Hi, I just finished watching your version of The Hobbit on the day, I loved it.
2/15/2021 08:20:25 am
¿Conseguiste los subtitulos en castellano?
2/10/2021 09:10:26 pm
This was just fantastic. Nice edit. I'm enjoying your Hobbit edit as well. Excellent work!!!
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