Apparently Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his entourage have seen Stand by Me. Or at least any of several other movies that warn you should never, ever wade through those menacing-looking streams. No good ever comes out of it.
In an exclusive never-before-seen clip from the upcoming extended edition Blu-ray (available Nov. 4) of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, our heroes are faced with the need to cross The Enchanted River as Thorin (Richard Armitage) and crew make their way through Mirkwood. They smartly choose an alternate route (tree branches over the water), but those who've read (and remember) the J.R.R. Tolkien book know that the river makes travelers drowsy and that this sequence won't end particularly well for one of our fearless dwarves. (The Hobbit wouldn’t be the exciting book and movie adventure it is if anything came easy.)
While Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit installment clocked in at a lengthy 161 minutes, the filmmaker always leaves behind enough cutting room floor material to warrant extended editions of his Middle-earth journeys. In this version, he adds a whole 25 minutes of never-seen-before suspense; so we know how Hobbit fans will be spending 186 minutes of Nov. 4, not including the nine hours of new special features.