- "Do we take a children’s book, a very simplistic children’s book, and faithfully adapt it? Or do we make a film that will live alongside the other three movies that we made? We are the same storytellers, Philippa, Fran and I, we’re the same people working on it. We’re trying to be faithful to the style and the tone."
- Why add Tauriel? "For some reason that I don’t quite understand, a lot of women love these stories more than other types of fantasy,” Jackson said. “We just felt it was a bit male-heavy and we could do something about it."
- “The great thing about the movies is that they have increased the book sales enormously,” Jackson said. “Huge numbers of people are reading Tolkien now, and I’m happy to claim some credit for that. Any of the liberties that we take in adapting, any of the changes we make, any of the things that might have upset Professor Tolkien … it’s not all take. We do give something back.”