Watch ‘The Hobbit,’ as told in 72 seconds of Lego stop-motion animation

Even if, like me, you have a love for all things Middle-earth, it’s easy to say that Peter Jackson has probably gone overboard with his trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. (My point of view? Two films would have been plenty, and they don’t need to be as long as they are, but I’m still happy to overindulge and spend more time in his gorgeous version of Middle-earth).

However, if you just don’t have the attention span for more than eight hours of Hobbit movies, the YouTube stop-motion artists Brotherhood Workshop have condensed the story of The Hobbit down into 72 tight seconds (it is a kid’s book, after all) and animated it using Lego’s Hobbit-themed minifigs and sets. The results are simultaneously hilarious but also quite fun for…

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