"The Hobbit" Characters That Didn't Belong In The Movies

Ranked in the order I would've gotten rid of them.
  1. 1.
    Azog
    He was supposed to have been killed long before the events of The Hobbit took place. Bringing Azog back and having him pursue the company throughout the entire story was extremely annoying. Apparently you can't make a Tolkien film without having the protagonists chased by orcs.
  2. 2.
    Tauriel
    A very close second. Yes, The Hobbit is a sausage fest, and I'm all for badass female characters, but I can't stand made-up characters in movie adaptations. The "star-crossed lovers" storyline was also completely forced, unnecessary, and irrelevant.
  3. 3.
    Radagast the Brown
    He was briefly mentioned in the book (ONCE) but never actually made an appearance. I would've been okay with him being included if he wasn't being used for comic relief. He's a Maia, he shouldn't be portrayed as ridiculous.
  4. 4.
    Sauron
    In the book we hear mention of a Necromancer dwelling in Mirkwood, but Sauron is never mentioned by name. I understand that they're trying to lead up to the events of LOTR, but all they're doing is distracting from the main storyline.
  5. 5.
    Galadriel & Saruman
    Neither make an appearance in the book, and the meetings of the White Council (though mentioned) are never discussed. Again, they're clearly trying to transition to LOTR, but this is all way too much. Let The Hobbit have its own plot!
  6. 6.
    Frodo & Older Bilbo
    This was a pretty smart way to connect the trilogy to the existing LOTR franchise, but it wasn't altogether necessary. I just wish that Frodo and Bilbo were having this conversation on any day OTHER THAN the exact same day Fellowship opens with. The writers just seem to be trying too hard ("We have much to do to prepare for the party, gonna go read my book and wait for Gandalf, tra la la..."). Also, they failed to make Ian Holm look younger.
  7. 7.
    Legolas
    He wasn't in the book, but his father was there, so it actually makes sense for him to be present. I'm willing to let this one slide. Again, my main grievance is the fact that Orlando Bloom looks much older here than in LOTR, but that can't be helped.