desolation of smaug feels

Thorin entering Erebor, his long-lost kingdom, with wonder in his eyes and joy in his heart.

In retrospect, one might say that it’s a heartbreaking moment because we know what waited for him inside - worse than the dragon itself, the lure of the gold which had driven his grandfather mad before. Some might say that he failed that test, but I say that he passed it. Ultimately, he beat dragon sickness on his own. Pushed by his friends, yes, to acknowledge right from wrong. But ultimately he listened to them, and he came back into the light. That is the true Thorin for me and that is what I want to remember.

He truly is not his grandfather. He faced the same evil, and, eventually, he defeated it.

Thorin: “Farewell, Master Burglar. Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.”

Me:

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so i haven’t really seen anybody point out fili and thorin doing the same things at almost the same time…