Although tolkieneditor’s efforts will probably be met with praise—many Tolkien fans share the same criticisms of the Hobbit films—it’s hard to imagine the author himself being any more satisfied with the barrel sequence, now that Legolas isn’t skipping through the action. After all, even the shortened sequence still turns what was a moment of gentle awe in the book into a Road Runner-like action scene. Perhaps the true Tolkien Edit wouldn’t even begin with a film directed by Jackson, who has always reveled in the kind of excess that tolkieneditor is admonishing. Still, it’s hard to argue that this version isn’t more fleet and focused.


[via /Film]