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Watch TV Spot #1 for the home video release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 

THE_HOBBIT_TDOS_STEELBOOK(1) It clocks in at only 15 seconds, but as these things go this TV spot for the home video release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is pretty good. Very punchy.

Lots of Smaug and fire, as you’d expect. Check it out below. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros.

See the differences between the trailer and the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

DOS-colour-changes Courtesy of the efforts of Ringer mukankakuna on the TORn forums, here’s a video that reveals the differences between the trailer and the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

As others have noted, perhaps the most significant change is to the colour-grading. The colours in the theatrical release are much more muted, and as one commenter put it, bleak. In particular, gone are the super-saturated blues that many objected to when the trailer was released. As someone who has railed against the teal and orange trend, I think the more natural colour palette is definitely better (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Eight more Hobbit wallpapers from TheHobbitCountdown.com

Warner Bros. has posted a number of additional wallpapers from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to plug the April 7/8 release of the theatrical edition on DVD and Blu-ray. If you haven’t already seen them on TheHobbitCountdown check them out below. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Aragorn’s kingly proof…

aragorn on horseback Here’s the third of our four semi-final contestants in our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness contest — Aragorn, descendent of the line of Isildur and Elendil, heir to the throne of Gondor and Arnor. In this piece, our own Quickbeam examines just what makes this character tick, and the traits that truly make him … king.


Kingly proof…

by Cliff “Quickbeam” Broadway

Strider, Aragorn, Longshanks, Telcontar, Elessar, and several other names come to mind for this particular character. But the first impression a non-Tolkien outsider would get from a man who has a dozen aliases is that he was probably a criminal. Maybe they’d think he was constantly moving from place to place, switching names because he was the equivalent of a modern-day “identity thief” who was on the lam! Funny how things in our modern world don’t always reflect clearly on mythology.

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Posted in Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Out on a Limb, Return of the King, The Two Towers, Tolkien

See Orlando Bloom’s Walk of Fame star unveiled

Credit: http://www.walkoffame.com/

Credit: http://www.walkoffame.com/

On April 2 Orlando Bloom received his own Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard next to the TCL Chinese Theatre and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and guest speaker Forest Whitaker and David Leveaux were on hand to help Orlando Bloom unveil the 2,521st star in the category of Motion Pictures. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Orlando Bloom

Mikael Persbrandt talks about Beorn

Beorn_Blu-ray We didn’t see a lot of Mikael Persbrandt’s Beorn in the end in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and arguably he remained all the more intriguing for it.

Here, Persbrandt chats extensively with AB Svensk Filmindustris about the big skinchanger. A choice quote where he talks about the vocal effects:

When it comes to portraying something that big — he is like, Beorn is, like, three-and-a-half metres long or something. Four metres, maybe. His lungs are like 18 litres [in capacity]. So what they do — they run it through programs I think. I have quite a deep voice myself, but they still they enchanted it a little bit.

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Posted in Hobbit Movie, Mikael Persbrandt, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Hall of Fire chat this weekend: who are the Drúedain?

Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, Hall of Fire examines one of Tolkien’s more mysterious creations — the Drúedain. If you’re somewhat mystified as to who these people are, the name Ghân-buri-Ghân (who appears to help the Rohirrim in The Return of the King) may ring a few bells.

There sat Théoden and Éomer, and before them on the ground sat a strange squat shape of a man, gnarled as an old stone, and the hairs of his scanty beard straggled on his lumpy chin like dry moss. He was short-legged and fat-armed, thick and stumpy, and clad only with grass about his waist. (more…)

Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire

What is your title in Middle-earth?

You might be a Riddlemaker, a Key Holder or a Firestarter. Or perhaps something else. Take Warner Bros. fun little quiz, and discover what your Middle-earth title might be. Just click the image below. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Speaking of Legolas…

gimli_et_legolas_sur_le_mur_du_gouffre_howe Here’s the second of our four semi-final contestants in our 2014 March Madness contest — Legolas, member of the Fellowship of the Ring.

In this piece, Tolkien scholar Michael Martinez discusses the paradox of Legolas — “both old and young, both wise and yet inexplicably ignorant of the wide world around him”.

Don’t forget to click the link at the bottom to continue to the full essay.

Speaking of Legolas…

by Michael Martinez

I decided to set myself a challenge and write something about Legolas which hasn’t been said before. There seems to be a lot of curiosity about this Elf. People want to know all sorts of things about him, such as what color was his hair, who was his mother, when was he born, was he at the Battle of Five Armies?

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Posted in Characters, Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Two Towers

See how WETA brought Lake-town to life for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Laketown The little behind-the-scenes clip of Orlando playing with his knives was pretty cool, but this is just a whole ‘nother level of “wow”. Thanks to Ringer Smaug the Stupendous for the heads-up!

Click below (run, do not walk!) and see exactly how Weta created Lake-town using a variety of CGI and VFX techniques.

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Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital, WETA Workshop

In defense of Thorin Oakenshield

DoSThorin02 We’re into the semi-final match-ups in our 2014 Middle-earth March Madness contest. As part of it, I thought it apt to examine each of our four finalists in turn, starting with our questing Dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield.

In this piece, published a while back over on the site of our friends Heirs of Durin, DarkJackal asserts that Thorin unjustly gets a bad rap from readers of The Hobbit for events following the death of Smaug, and that there’s more to his motivations than meet the eye.

Don’t forget to click the link at the bottom to continue to the full essay.


In Defense of Thorin Oakenshield

A Journey from Hero to Villain, and Back Again

by DarkJackal

Thorin is often criticized for the choices he makes after the death of Smaug, and the average reader is rarely sympathetic with his refusal to share the treasure with the people of Lake-town. But when I read the story, I find it hard not to side with him. This essay is an attempt to justify my reaction. [Note: This is based on my reactions to the original Hobbit story only, without factoring in the material from the Appendices, Unfinished Tales, or the film.]

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Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien

Watch Orlando Bloom rehearse a Lake-town fight scene in Bard’s house

legolas-the-hobbit-desolation-of-smaug Click below to watch Orlando Bloom as Legolas show off his knife skills in exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Desolation of Smaug.

At the end he says to Jackson: “We should have shot it, right?”

The clip is taken from the DVD/Blu-ray release of the theatrical edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is set to debut on April 7. (more…)

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