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Fan edit shrinks The Hobbit trilogy to just Middle-earth’s Avengers vs. Sauron

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Right smack in the middle of The Hobbit, Gandalf leaves the story entirely for unspecified reasons, and doesn't return until the climax of the book. J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn't reveal exactly what Gandalf had gone off to do until the appendices of The Return of the King, and those events wouldn't get a close depiction until Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. But now, thanks to David Killstein, you can cut out all that stuff about hobbits and dwarves and just get right to the wizard fights with this 43-minute recut of the Hobbit trilogy that only follows the Dol Guldur plotline.

What's the best way to sum up the Battle of Dol Guldur? Middle-earth's six most powerful good magic users (Gandalf, Radagast, Saruman, Galadriel, Elrond and Cirdan the Shipwright) suit up to fight its most powerful evil one. That's right: It's the Middle-earth Avengers kicking Sauron's ass.

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