So after writing yesterday's post, I did some research.
It looks like the movie is going to include the whole Council of White thing... which is only barely mentioned in the book. I guess they'll pull some details from The Simarillion.
And that makes sense, right?
Especially since it relates to the rise of Sauron in Mordor and the betrayal of Sauruman and all.
What do you think? Good idea or bad?
It certainly explains why they are making it a 2 part movie.
And given that Legolas is the son of the Elven King that captures the dwarves in The Hobbit, there is probably a reasonable explanation for him being included also. Except that I can't find anywhere how old Legolas is and that's driving me crazy.
Here's my problem, though. The movie versions completely glossed over the 17/18 year gap between Bilbo's party and leaving the Shire and Frodo leaving with the ring. So while Aragorn is, in fact, 87 at the time he meets Eowyn (one of the extended scenes), that does NOT mean he was 27 at the time of The Hobbit. He was 10, people. TEN. And he didn't even meet Gandalf until many years later.
So, while I was originally thinking there were a couple good spots to stick Aragorn in if they wanted to, I've changed my mind. Unless they want to include him as a child in Rivendell, which just seems silly.