So! You’ve watched the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (the last instalment in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the children’s classic for our big screens).
You have watched it right?
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Now you’ve watched the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
What do you think??
I think it’s ten kinds of brilliant, and I’ll explain why in a second.
Aside from the usual “It’s awesome, I can’t wait for this movie!” comments, the second most talked about aspect is the choice of song. The teaser trailer uses the entirety of the song that Pippin sings in Denethor’s halls in The Return of the King – you will know this either as “Mist and Shadow”, “The Edge of Night”, or “Pippin’s Song” if you’re rather unimaginative.
Unsurprisingly, people are screaming that Jackson’s works are derivative and that they’re not even trying any more with these movies, and OMG how useless is it to have three movies when it could have just all been one or two.
In that scene from The Return of the King, Denethor asks Pippin to sing him a song from his homeland. Here, refresh your memory:
Denethor: Can you sing, Master Hobbit?
Pippin: Well … yes. At least, well enough for my own people. But we have no songs for great halls and … evil times.
Denethor: And why should your songs be unfit for my halls? Come, sing me a song.
Pippin [singing “The Edge of Night”]:
“Home is behind, the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow, to the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall fade”
So Pippin picks a song he knows, from his homeland, that describes the situation he’s in. And he picks that song.
He’s not making a song up. He’s singing from memory.
Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry grew up listening to Bilbo’s adventures. They, especially Frodo, are shown to compare their experiences with Bilbo’s stories.
Pippin picked the song that reminded him of the dark times in Bilbo’s adventure, because he was similarly witnessing “evil times” in his present.
The teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies begins with Bilbo saying:
“One day they’ll remember. Remember everything that happened. The good. The bad. Those who survived, and those that did not.”
And how do people remember things? Through song.
And now, with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, we’re going to see first-hand the events that inspired that song! (Which, by the way, was written by Bilbo according to the books. But I know we’re talking movie-cannon here.)
That’s why they play the song in the trailer. That’s why it’s awesome.