I'd usually settle on some profound quote from Gandalf or maybe from one of the actors. Instead, the most applicable helpful concluding words were:
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." -Dr. SeussThis post is already sounding cheesy.
Anywho, I pasted it into the bottom of my post, because that is what The Hobbit fans need to hear. Maybe it was just me, but my two main reactions to The Battle of Five Armies previews, quotes, pictures, and eventually opening-day tickets were 1). excitement(like crazy fangirling, irrational excitement), 2). sadness(like crazy, fangirling, irrational sadness!).
My reaction during the first viewing was something like "Whoa, what just happened?"
My reaction during the second viewing-- sadness. (This is still sounding cheesy, but bear with me!)
I was sad *Spoilers* Thorin died, sad Fili and Kili died, sad when Bilbo said goodbye to the dwarves, *End of Spoilers* and mostly just sad it was all over.
There's nothing wrong with feeling sad or crying over a story(especially sad stories), but looking back I wish I'd given more to savoring the story rather than getting all worked up because it was all over.
Don't take this the wrong way: it's good to be touched by a story. It's good to enjoy it so much you moan a little when it ends. Just don't let yourself forget how much you love it in mourning that it's done.
So next time I watch The Battle of Five Armies or Return of the King or read The Last Battle I'm going to give effort into really enjoying it rather than pulling a classic fangirl move and crying tragically at the last scene/chapter(although that very well may happen, too!).
After all, aren't all good stories only echoes of the one, ultimate story which continues forever?
"All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before." -C. S. Lewis