The Colours of The Hobbit

A Tolkienist's Perspective

Is The Hobbit trilogy’s colour palette akin to The Lord of the Rings?

Perhaps one of the most striking “differences” people noticed when seeing An Unexpected Journey for the first time, was the overall “brightness” and “colour” compared to that of The Lord of the Rings.

Admittedly, one can easily notice that The Hobbit looks brighter, more vibrant, saturated and “glossier” than the dark, gloomy and matted colour palette of the Rings Trilogy.Hobbit

By colour palette I mean the overall scheme of colours in the film – the dominating tones in every scene.

There are two things I see behind such a stark contrast:

1) This is a younger, less evil Middle-earth.

2) The story of The Hobbit is not the same as The Lord of the Rings.

Frodo confusedI’m not trying to turn this post into a place where I can moan about the crystal clear and vivid…

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