You shouldnt be comparing the hobbit to the lotr?
Naw theyre two different trilogies about completely different things
March of the penguins and Friday the 13th are about completely different things
The hobbit and the lord of the rings are about very similar things
No theyre not
The Hobbit isnt a prequel. Its an almost unrelated story written years before the LotR trilogy. Story wise, character-wise, and tone-wise, theyre different tales altogether.