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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Unresolved Plot Lines

Updated on July 12, 2015

After watching the final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, there were so many unanswered questions pertaining to the characters we had just watched. There were some big timeline gaps that made you wonder how certain characters got to certain places and what happened to them in the era that exists between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring series. This article will investigate some of those unresolved plot lines.

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Plot Line #1 - Tauriel (spoiler alert)

At the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Tauriel lives on. However, she was not in any of the three Lord of the Rings movies. That leaves open the suggestion that something has happened to her between the end of the third movie and the start of the Lord of the Rings saga.

In reality, her character never really existed in the books at all, so it was hard to plan for her in the last three movies. I thought for sure she was a goner at the end of this movie and Bolg certainly had his chance to kill her. But as it turns out, she survives.

So that becomes one plot line to expand on with a movie between Battle of the Five Armies and Fellowship of the Ring. Because Elrond and Legolas are around in the Lord of the Rings, it would make sense that Tauriel should also be there.

Plot Line #2 - Thranduil

Thranduil is Legolas' father and his role is quite prominent in Battle of the Five Armies. I thought for sure watching the movie that he was going to get taken out. When his moose/steed gets killed and he is surrounded by orcs, that was his moment. But again, like Tauriel, he survives the battle and then....

We never find out. It's alluded to that he goes back to his kingdom, but we don't see it. Does he get the jewels that he came out of hiding to claim? We never know.

What happens to him before the Fellowship of the Ring starts? You figure that as the King of the Elves he would be involved. And yet, he is nowhere to be found. That thread needs some expansion.

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Plot Line #3 - Young Aragorn

Bilbo is pretty middle-aged in the Hobbit trilogy, but he had aged quite a bit by the Fellowship movies beginning. When Thranduil tells Legolas at the end of the Battle of the Five Armies that there is a ranger he should go meet, you have to assume that because Aragorn is human, he will be quite young.

So there is a whole focal thread that could be expanded upon in regards to Stryder's childhood and training to become the fighter he ends up being during the Fellowship. Legolas and Aragorn's budding relationship could be a movie unto itself with their own adventures and the courting of Arwen.

But the timeline didn't quite match up there without a movie expansion of that meeting and the years in between.

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Plot Line #4 - The Treasure

As mentioned above with regards to Thranduil, what happens to all that treasure? It's not around in the Lord of the Rings series, so you have to wonder what happens to it. And Bard had the Arkenstone as the battle begins. What did he do with it? Did he give it back to the dwarves? Did they finally give the people of Lake Town their dowry for helping the dwarves originally?

There are so many unanswered questions pertaining to the treasure that you could start the next movie with how that gets divvied up and who gets the Arkenstone. And why we never see it again after this movie.

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Plot Line #5 - The Dwarves

There are a lot of references to the dwarves in the Hobbit trilogy during the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Well, we got to meet many of them. The ones who survived went on to do some very interesting things.

One of those things was the whole Mines of Moria thread. That line could be an epic production of them creating a kingdom under Middle Earth and then the battle that ensues where the orcs take possession of the mines.

We see Balin's tomb in the Fellowship of the Ring, but there is a whole question of how that gets made before the mines get taken too. That could be another very interesting movie.

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Any way you look at it, there are some major gaps between the two series. There is all kinds of potential for a screenplay or two, and if they did a production like they did with the first six films, it would be successful. Let's hope some bored and gifted writer gets to work so that the current crop of actors can reprise their roles and give us the next installments of this wonderful movie saga.

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