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Review of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

hobbit_the_desolation_of_smaug_ver16_xlgEditor Note: Our next review comes from long time collaborator and friend of TheOneRing.net, David Baxter. David has been involved in some manner with TheOneRing.net since the early 2000s, and is a staple at events in California. Being that he is 6’8″ – he makes a really impressive Gandalf too! 

 

Let me get this out of the way, I did not go into the screening of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug expecting to see all or even many of the events I’d pictured in my head after reading JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and seeing the Rankin & Bass animated version in 1977 (dating myself here). It was impossible after seeing Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  Too much of that film had been devoted to setting up or showing events that were never shown in Tolkien’s work and were only mentioned in the appendices of The Return of the King.

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Posted in Film Screenings, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Media Reviews, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Sound Off! Official Desolation of Smaug Fan Reaction Thread

Fans Line-Up for The Desolation of SmaugWhile we put our finishing touches on the official Ringer Reviews section, we thought it would be fun to collect your immediate reaction to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug right here on this post. (That is of course IF the film has released in your country)

If you are new to commenting on TheOneRing.net, we use a rather popular system called Disqus, located at the bottom of every article page. You can decide to login with Facebook, Twitter or Google, or you can simply comment as a guest.

Comments are moderated, so please play nice :) The basic rules? Don’t swear and treat others with respect. If you are posting spoilers, please be nice and post a SPOILER WARNING before your comments. Our staff will be working around the clock to get your comments approved. And as you can see by the diversity of our own staff reactions to the film, you can be as positive or negative about the film as you’d like. We will not be moderating based on your review.

Then, stay tuned in the next few days when we raise the curtain on the new Ringer Reviews for The Desolation of Smaug. Along with the ability to post your comprehensive review of the film, you will have the chance to rate 20+ specific aspects of the film. Details coming soon.

So what are you waiting for? Sound off!

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Media Reviews, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

BoxOffice.com: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Scores $2.8M French Debut

THDOS_Main_smRinger fan Nate sends along this update from BoxOffice.com on the opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

The Hobbit trilogy continues its journey to box office gold. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posted a $2.8 million bow in its Wednesday debut in France, an 8% bump from last year’s installment. The Hobbit sequel scored 262.8k admissions from 909 screens in the territory. Paris contributed 57.5K of the admissions, 15% ahead of the opening day tally of its predecessor. [Read More]

Posted in Events, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Arwen’s Review of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

THDOS_Main_smEditor Note: Our latest staff review comes from staffer Arwen.

As a word of warning, Arwen’s review has SPOILERS from the very beginning. If you are avoiding spoilers of any type, please know — you have been warned!

 

 

 

 

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Posted in Film Screenings, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Media Reviews, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Save $1 OFF Hobbit Tickets from Fandango! Act Fast!

HobbitBanner1120FSo if you are like most visitors to TheOneRing.net, you probably have already purchased your tickets for the midnight viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But what about that second viewing on Friday? Well, we’ve used our Smaug-esque pull and snagged you all an exclusive coupon good for $1 OFF your ticket purchase through Fandango.com.

The code is THEONERING and is good for $1 off the purchase of 2 tickets to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for Thursday and Friday shows. This is valid for the Double Feature, IMAX 3D, Real 3D, and 35mm shows. On your checkout screen, scroll down the page to the area marked ‘Promo Code’ and click on those words to reveal the form where you enter ‘THEONERING.’

So snag your extra tickets and don’t forget to tell your friends! This code is good for anyone!

Buy your tickets to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug now!

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

Watch the Berlin premiere LIVE Event for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

1472021_603389903041543_435780852_nToday is another BIG day as we take you to the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Berlin, Germany! The festivities begin at 5:20pm GMT and you can watch the LIVE stream right here on this page as well as chat live with the crowd via Barliman’s chat!  (Check the time for your own timezone). [Hobbit UK on Facebook] [Hobbit UK on Twitter]
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Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Events, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Premieres, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Amazing Hobbit Poster Signed by Everyone! Auction Coming Soon

signed posterAs part of our fundraiser a few months back, Sir Peter Jackson and 3Foot7 kindly showed their support for TheOneRing.net by very generously donating to the website a poster, signed by pretty much ALL the cast from the three Hobbit movies! This is an extraordinary item, and a true one-of-a-kind. The regular movie sized poster shows Bilbo outside the front door to Bag End, and has simply, ‘There … and Back Again’ as text. It’s a beautiful image, and not one which was available to buy. But then it gets even better! Here’s a list of the cast members who have signed the poster – 31 in total:

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Merchandise, The Hobbit

Canadian Ringers! Get Free Passes to a Dec 9th Screening of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!’

Hobbit Sky MoviesLive in Canada? Available for about 3 hours on December 9th at 7pm? Then you should really fill out the form below to be entered into a random drawing for two free tickets to this early screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! TheOneRing.net is privileged to pick random winners from all entries to attend these special screenings across Canada, including locations in: TORONTO, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL FR, OTTAWA, CALGARY, EDMONTON, WINNIPEG, and HALIFAX. We are going to be choosing winners 24 hours, so enter today and share with your friends and family. Fill out the form below! And of course, visit the official website for all the wonderful details about the upcoming release of this year’s best move! [Official Site] [Entry Form]

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WBShop.com: BLACK FRIDAY Deals at the Official Hobbit Shop

The Hobbit Merchandise | The Lord of the Rings Merchandise |  HobbitShop.com -- The Official Online Store of The Hobbit Films and The Lord of the Rings Film TrilogyCheck out HobbitShop.com for Black Friday savings throughout the shop,  including Buy 1 Get 1 50% off shirts (including the new Allover designs) and up to 30% off in all categories — jewelry, collectibles, phone cases, etc and more PLUS Free Shipping on orders over$50! Yea, those are some pretty good deals! [HobbitShop.com]

Posted in Blu-Ray, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, The Hobbit

First review: Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Desolation of Smaug standard edition soundtrack Six notes transform Howard Shore’s Desolation of Smaug soundtrack from adequate to awesome. That might sound a big call, but they could just form the tensest, eeriest leitmotif that you’ll hear this year.

A lot of folks noted (or if you prefer, complained about) the lack of new motifs in An Unexpected Journey. “Give us a hook, just something new to whistle!”, the people seemed to cry. (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

See The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Dec 9th in Wellington!

Event Cinemas - The Hobbit_ The Desolation Of SmaugPROCEEDS FROM THE NEW ZEALAND GALA PREMIERE OF THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
TO GO TO LOCAL CHARITY

Charity Gala Premiere Set For Monday, December 9, in Wellington

This year, the general public and avid Hobbit fans alike will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the New Zealand Charity Gala Premiere on December 9 at The Embassy Theatre, Wellington.

The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro Goldwyn-Meyer Pictures (MGM), opens across New Zealand cinemas on December 12.

Tickets to the prestigious event will be available for purchase from Thursday, November 21 at 3pm on the Event Cinemas website (www.eventcinemas.co.nz), Roadshow Film Distributors announced today.

Cost per ticket will be $100 with all proceeds raised at the event to go to the Island Bay Marine Education Centre.

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Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit

WBShop.com: Limited Edition Opening Day T-Shirt!

The Hobbit_ The Desolation of Smaug Exclusive Opening Date and Smaug Adult Black T-Shirt | HobbitShop.com -- The Official Online Store of The Hobbit Films and The Lord of the Rings Film TrilogyLooking for some threads to wear on opening day? Check out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Edition Opening Day Shirts at HobbitShop.com!  Available ONLY at HobbitShop.com and its sister site WBShop.com, these shirts come in two designs and have the opening date on the film printed below the artwork.  They’re available now through Thanksgiving day, November 28th, when they’ll be retired forever.  Buy them now and wear them on opening weekend! [HobbitShop.com]

Posted in Blu-Ray, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, The Hobbit