I guess my next question would be how you felt about the extra content? Personally I enjoyed it but I'm not strict about sticking with the original.
I would have been disappointed if they didn't add this stuff. I've always been interested in the necromancer aka sauron since I've read the books and very intrigued by the appendices with his story.
It gives the hobbit movie even more life because you think Smaug is the only legitimate threat which technically he is in the book but the movie gets to expand on that and show what gandalf is doing while he is away so long. There is a bigger power in the shadows during all this which is the necromancer.
This post was edited on 12/30 at 2:35 pm