I do remember that now. In the book, Bilbo had an edge about him (no pun intended) when he took on the spiders. Jackson captured a bit of it when Bilbo killed the trapdoor spider, but only in a passing head shot.
Who were the Five Armies? No one seems to know. Can a bear be an army?
I liked the movie. I read the book long ago so I really didn't notice many factual departures. My complaints are:
1. An elf would not go for a dwarf
2. The barrell jumping scene was a bit too cartoonish
3. Smaug's demise was over too quickly
4. Azog was not a character in the Hobbit.
5. I don't think Bilbo's 1/14th was the Arken stone(?).
6. The jewels sought by the Grey Elves . . . were they...
GF, Ter, and other THE FALL watchers.Let's discuss this.I found the development of Gillian Anderson' character compelling.Being the raging feminist that I am (sarcasm emoticon here), I started out thinking this series was yet another Thelma and Louise.But early on, the director was up to something entirely unexpected . . .I found this to be compelling, and after the last episode, the last scene in fact, I was left just sitting there, staring at the screen.