I'm not saying the movie needed to be made an "epic" by itself. I just say that Jackson needed to make it an epic to match his LOTR, since he decided to reuse Frodo and some elements clearly from the LOTR. Agree or disagree with that, it's a matter of taste. But for the sake of visual and "mood" coherence it was necessary.
The same movie, with the same elements, but with the lighter-hearted tone that is actually the tone of the book, it wouldn't have been right, I think.
Yeah, i know Tolkien drew many of his inspiration from Norse legends, thank you. But I maintain that his tone (in his books) is closer to what an ancient greek author would have written than from the tone of the stories told by skalds.
I haven't read the article you provided me, sorry. Not to be disrespectful to you, but because what i'm talking about here is not nitpicking about this or that detail, but about general tone of the movie.
Sorry for not explaining the article better. It does, I think, actually address a similar argument you are making: that the movie is an epic because of Jackson and co.'s choices and because it isn't only based on The Hobbit (the author then goes on to explain stuff about The Quest of Erebor
, which does have some nitpicking in it).
I disagree that An Unexpected Journey needed to be consistent with the LOTR movies. I think that was actual a huge flaw on the part of Jackson and co. Obviously we disagree on that - that is fine. But I don't think that the movies needed to be matched in the way that they are.
I think that while what Jackson and co. are attempting to do by creating parallels and strong connections between the LOTR and The Hobbit trilogies is to draw people into the large legendarium. And that is a good thing. However, I don't think that the actual execution is well done. And I think that if Jackson wanted to expand on the universe he created (in the LOTR movies) based on Tolkien's work while keeping the same consistincy in style and theme he could have adapted a different story than The Hobbit and done a better job than what is currently shown in the first part of The Hobbit trilogy (in my opinion).
I think that while it maybe have not been possible for him to get the rights to something like The Children of Hurin, or any parts of the Silmarillion that is not an excuse to shoe horn into the story of The Hobbit things that are not the story of The Hobbit proper: and in so doing ruin both stories simultaneously.