Hi there, I have not read all the comments so sorry if this was mentioned before. I'd like to make only one comment. As somebody who read both books I can definitely say that while LOTR is a heavy and very serious trilogy with detailed character building and endless descriptions, The Hobbit was almost like a kid's book on a couple of hundred pages. If you expected the same substance and depth from The Hobbit movie as from the LOTR movie that you obviously did not read the books. To me The Hobbit movie represented perfectly that difference between the two stories. A lighter more arcade style book to a lighter more arcade style movie. Not sure what Jackson's intention was but can imagine that he wanted to create a lighter easier movie from a lighter easier book. I actually would have been disappointed if he had made a heavy story out of it. My two cents.