There is textual support for some of this though I don't remember the details, but in a bunch of Tolkein apocrypha such as Unfinished Tales he recounts stories of what was going on contemporaneously with The Hobbit. One story I recall was about Gandalf being locked up in Dol Gildur, Sauron's (aka Necromancer) tower in southern Mirkwood. Maybe Jackson will use that. The point is, he doesn't have to make stuff up to expadnthe story beyond the book and hopefully he will keep that to a minimum.
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7/16/12 at 1:27pm