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Angathas
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Now that I have seen all three Hobbit films I wanted asked people about the character of Alfred, the assistant to the Master of Lake-town. Clearly, he is Lake-town's version of Grima Wormtongue, and just as conniving and slimy and treacherous.

That being said, though most of us feel it is wrong to "rewrite Tolkien", I believe he added a dimension of antagonism as a foil to Bard. Though he was a greedy skunk and thought only of himself, he was never in league with the orcs. Just like Smeagol (when he found the One Ring), Alfred was a weak person with no sense of honor. I like to think that when he left Erebor and exited through Mirkwood, that he was waylaid by the big spiders.

What do many of you think?

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Roll of Honor The DarkQueen Iauraearien
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Alfrid is not slimy/treacherous/Grima-like, he's just looking out for number one. This may not make him noble and heroic, but if every character was it would be very dull. []

He's certainly very clever and entertaining. I believe he was put in to give the Master someone to interact with, nothing to do with Bard IIRC. I'm sure he got away, I don't suppose he would have tried to go through Mirkwood. Far too clever for that.

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Didn't hate Alfred, which in my way of thinking isn't good. He was obviously supposed to offset some of Bard's heroism, but in the end he didn't actually do anything. All of his actions had zero consequence, thus he was totally benign, a non factor in my mind.
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I think he was intended as comic relief. They took a children's book and made it into a much darker movie, then to offset their invented darkness they added a greedy and selfish slapstick character.
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He would work as comic relief. He wasn't nearly as dark a character as Grima Wormtounge - but then he wasn't created by Tolkien either.

I don't think he would have gone to Mirkwood. Or if he did, he would have taken one look at it and turned back. He's more likely to go down the Anduin to seek his fortune in Gondor. A Tavern in Minas Tirith, perhaps?

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