And also, the fact that it's being made into three different movies.... it's one book, and adding all the extra material is ok I guess, but really, three movies for ONE book? That HAS to be some new record....
Tolkien was a wordy bastard.
Hemingway was quite likely the only renowned author to be 'wordier' than Tolkien. Things in the book move fast, though, and they're wanting to address the entire story. Given that the entire story is actually quite longer than the book, it will have to be split into multiple films.
Frankly, I like that it's being split into multiple films. Tolkien's works are supposed to be epic in the telling, and as such, so should the films be.
The best film series are trilogies: Star Wars, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Iron Man etc.
As an addendum: I mentioned Iron Man, and yes Iron Man 3 was great. Don't worry, I won't spoil.