Additionally, Jackson said, from the director's chair he's been able to attend to many finer details of continuity that will help tie the six films of the “Hobbit” and “Rings” trilogies into a coherent whole.
“One of the things that made this film so enjoyable to me was being able to connect little things from ‘The Lord of the Rings' to ‘The Hobbit,'” he said. “For instance, there was a scene from ‘The Fellowship of the Rings,' where they stop at a crossroads and there's a quiet moment when Gandalf is talking to Frodo, and he's talking about the events in ‘The Hobbit' and about the fate of Bilbo, ‘the pity of Bilbo rules the fate of all,' meaning that Bilbo had the chance to kill Gollum but he didn't. And the fact that he didn't is now directing the story; it's now created the story of ‘The Lord of the Rings' for good or for bad.”
In “An Unexpected Journey,” Jackson and company recreate that intense, extended sequence in which Bilbo Baggins first encounters Gollum (Andy Serkis) beside an eerie, underground lake in the Misty Mountains. There, Bilbo seizes the “precious,” cursed golden ring and does fierce battle with the wild-eyed Gollum.
“So it was really interesting, 10 or 12 years after we'd shot that scene (in ‘Fellowship of the Rings”), to go come back and actually show the moment where Bilbo stays his hand,” the director said. “And also the reason that he doesn't kill Gollum at that moment when he has the opportunity to is that Gandalf has said to him that true courage is deciding when not to kill rather than to kill. Just completing those little circles was one of the most interesting things about this.
“And in a way, if we hadn't shot the films in this order we might not have been able to do that,” Jackson said. “Because I'm much aware that once these three movies are done and have had their theatrical life, they'll be seen as part of a six-movie set, which is the way they will exist from that point on. So I am very conscious of making it feel like a very organic story with synergy and everything clicking together.”