Me:You don't understand, ever since I was a kid I had celebrity crushes on people who were older, and I always thought that one day the age gap would be smaller and smaller, but no! The older I get, the older my new celebrity crushes are!
Mika:That's what you get for crushing on real people! Look at me, I'm almost Kenshin's age!
SO. I must admit that I’ve been really sad ever since they’ve made Fili, Kili and Thorin such enjoyable characters in the movies because surprise surprise: they all die in the book.
But here’s what I do not get.
In the book, the one who takes Thorin’s place as King Under The Mountain after the battle of the five armies is Dain, a dwarf barely even mentioned in the movies. As a matter of fact, Dain is mentioned once when Thorin arrives at Bag End, quickly dismissed as not joining them for the quest to reclaim their homeland. Though in the book, Dain does show up towards the end of the story, it is not a character that we learn to appreciate or know all that much. Therefore, when he takes the crown, I was not all that impressed since there were no emotional attachment to this character prior his sudden coronation.
If there’s one thing the Peter Jackson movies do well, it’s to get you to know important characters. Take for example how Bolg is introduced in the second movie instead of only appearing at the battle of the five armies. Bolg, being Azog’s son, is kind of important in both the book and movies, except Tolkien only deemed it acceptable to reveal him (briefly) at the end of the book.
Leading with the idea that Bolg is an important character and that he got fleshed out more in the movies because of his role, I am deeply wondering as to why Dain hasn’t come in the picture yet. I’m only asking why we haven’t seen him at all yet. Not even in flashbacks or whatnot. Wasn’t he supposed to be there during the Moria battle flashback? Hm? I mean, is he going to pop out of nowhere in the last movie and just take the throne? As an audience member, I dare say it wouldn’t be to my liking because I’ve learned to understand and love the company but who the fuck is Dain. Hello, it took three movies before they got Aragorn on the Gondor throne.
And this is how I’ve worked out my theory that… well, they might let Kili live in the third movie and step away from the book. Why?
1. Because keeping in mind that if Thorin, Fili and Kili die, Dain will take the throne. Keeping in mind that Dain hasn’t shown up anywhere yet, it will be disappointing as a viewer to welcome such an important character taking the place of a former leader which we know all too well. If only Thorin and Fili die, Kili is heir to Erebor. Having Kili on the throne, a character which is well fleshed out and familiar to the viewers, will be more acceptable than a total stranger.
2. The poisoned arrow that Kili got in his leg was never a part of the book. Though it was admitted that this entire ordeal about Bofur, Fili, Oin and Kili staying behind in Lake Town to cure Kili was set up so that we’d have familiar characters to identify with when Smaug attacked, in the book there were no such split in the company. Though this is a stretch, dare I suppose that instead of killing Kili, they’ve decided to put him through a lot of pain? Would it be wise to make a character go through this and then blatantly kill him off (remember this isn’t Game of Thrones)?
3. This leads me to Tauriel. T A U R I E L. Had Kili not stayed behind in Lake Town, his relationship with Tauriel wouldn’t have grown all that much. She saves him. You might have missed it, but at that point there’s a decent amount of want between the two of them. For those who may not know, Peter Jackson invented Tauriel and she does not appear in any of Tolkien’s books. Leaving aside that she was probably created to have more important female characters in the story, she also serves as this unique bond between elf and dwarf. At the end of the book, the tension between the elves of Mirkwood and the dwarves of Erebor has lessened. If Kili was to live, that tension would have one more reason to slowly ebb away. And I’m saying this because it’s not a secret that Kili’s attracted to elves (see: Rivendell meal).
Okay, okay, it’s a stretch. If Kili lives, it unbalances a shit load of things and the line of Durin isn’t really broken. But think about how we haven’t seen Dain. How it’s such a strange thing to make your character live through a near-death experience only to be killed right after. To weave a strange-but-awesome relationship with two so very different characters and then just break it off. I’m not saying Kili should live because he’s one of the cute dwarves and he’s too young. I’m trying to step into a movie-maker’s shoes and see that it would make sense for him to live.
My current job is very destructive to my person in the sense that I’ve been feeling extremely down by the fact that it does not challenge me on an artistic level to my satisfaction. I’m so worn out when I get home that I dare not touch Photoshop or Illustrator or even a sketch pad. It drains my mind of anything revolving around creating because they ask me to make things, but what they want is boring, ordinary, and very much within the box (no matter what they say).
Tonight, I had to send a portfolio to someone and I got around looking through the stuff I did last year in university and I remembered that what I did back then was fucking awesome. And now I feel better because this nightmare of mine is soon over. I’m going far far away and I’m going to do the things I like and I’m going to see the places I’ve always wanted to see. I’m not upset about going there alone anymore.
In the mean time, I’ll try and start a few projects of my own.