How do you translate the tapping of a nonexistent watch into Elvish? Because Peter Jackson has told Empire that the first of three Hobbit films will have a run time of two hours and 40 minutes. He explained: “It’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was … So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet.” Okay, sure, but Fellowship was the first installment of a nearly 1,200-page adult book, where The Hobbit just cracks 300. We’re looking at a rate of less than one book page for every movie minute. You could probably read The Hobbit faster than that.
Bilbo needs to stretch his legs after sitting through The Hobbit.