I was sweating and breathing hard an hour into the movie.
This makes it sound like you were watching 'The Hobbit - The XXX Parody'.
Thank you for those mental images. Movie ruined.
Seriously, though, the fact that Frodo and Sam aren't in The Hobbit makes it tons better. Whenever I decide against re-watching The Lord of the Rings, it's because I remember that there are long ass scenes of Frodo and Sam trudging through a swamp while being total crybabies. I get that it's about Frodo and Sam fighting against the Ring's influence, but I just hate those scenes. And I don't mind Elijah as an actor (he was awesome in Sin City), it's just terribly boring. Aragorn, Gandalf and the others are preparing for action, there's cool sounds and battles and all, but then Peter Jackson decides to cut to a 20-minute sequence of two dudes bitching about everything while climbing up some stairs and falling down some stairs. Why would he do that? Why?!