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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – commentary

monstrous-nightmareWant to relive what you saw this afternoon?  Reflecting on some of the moments, and trying to remember what was what?  Well, don’t forget that, if you missed the Peter Jackson hosted first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,  or just want to watch it over again, a modified version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website  To access the footage, use your UltraViolet code on your copy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

Meanwhile, staffer Rasputin the Evil Balrog shares with us some commentary on the footage:


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A running commentary during the Live Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek

The countdown, how exciting!

  • Live Stream starts now… with Jed Brophy at the Post Production house
  • Peter is reading the newspaper
  • spoiler alert, it’s great weather on Monday
  • Cricket scores shared for the English fans
  • Motion capture stage visited, with Azog and another Orc, more fighting with the orcs, including orc archery
  • Dam Busters, someone should remake it so Jed can be in it.
  • James Bond walk of fame is rather cool
  • Pre-vis department, Pre-visualisation (animated sequences)
  • I see Smaug poster
  • Rather comic version of Smaug on a computer screen (psych)
  • the T-Rex with wings look a bit like Pete’s Dragon
  • Rivendell library is rather cool looking, even if never used
  • Jed loves Goldfinger
  • And then we enter the Editing room with Jabez Olssen
  • One Million years B.C was the poster over PJ’s bed as a kid
  • Now to see editing happening
  • Bard is taking the Dwarves and their barrels across the river, in a boat.
  • Bilbo – I should never come along, we have a saying in the Shire “never venture east”.
  • He seems rather miserable
  • “I should never have left Bagend. We have a saying in the Shire, we learn it from birth, Never Venture East.”
  • Peter and Jed agree that Aidan is one of the Hot Dwarves (Lisa)
  • Jed looks very waterlogged
  • We get the final cut – and it’s Bard saying “So Master Hobbit, why did you venture East?”
  • Yeah Luke, sends a little message to say hello to the fans. The One Ringer, that’s us!
  • Jed teases that Bard is out of the film but Peter says that Bard is one of the cool things about the next film
  • Here come the video questions.
  • Chris asks about problems with a middle film?
  • PJ answers – middle films are complicated, but with multiple story lines different character arcs and plot lines take over.
  • Thranduil on his throne, awesome.
  • elf troop, with Legolas and Tauriel, fighting orcs
  • Laketown and the Master looking smarmy, and his manservant looks a bit like Grima.
  • Stephen Fry says he’s taking over from Orlando as the most desirable man in the films
  • Stephen sends a video, and mentions that England is decimating NZ in Cricket
  • Chinese girls ask questions about Legolas and Orlando and why he was cast and whether or not he’s similar to his Elf
  • Orlando sends a video to ask PJ a question – he wants to know what image he is most excited to see onscreen.
  • PJ says fans are most excited to see Smaug and Bilbo together and so is he.
  • Stephen’s video has been running in the background because he’s so wordy, but he says he has no idea if he’s in the last film
  • Marina in Canada – asks about new characters
  • PJ answers – Thranduil, Bard (part of the family now), They’ve made Bard like Robin Hood, is he good or bad. And of course, Tauriel is new, a new creation. Yay for her costume, finally getting to really see it.
  • Tauriel wears a leather
  • Brazilian kids asking questions, call it LOTR and pronounce it as a word
  • The kids ask about PJ’s favorite weapons, theirs is Gimli’s and Gloin’s axe.
  • PJ loves Theoden’s sword, with the horse motifs.
  • And back to London and Stephen Fry’s video still running 😉
  • PJ was punishing Stephen about his comments about the NZ Cricket team
  • Twitter question about how difficult it is to stay on track or schedule
  • They mention the Flood in Nelson as one thing that messed up shooting
  • Surprise question with from Stephen Colbert – asks about the Sindar Elves and the Avari elves? PJ says yes about the Elves
  • So PJ rags on Stephen Colbert about two different sizes of mugs on his show, and how the quality of the printing on the mugs is poor quality
  • Twitter question – does he edit barefoot?  Yes, he can be barefoot.
  • Lee Pace, woohoo, looking rather fab, as usual. Lee is looking forward to seeing the animosity of Dwarves and Elves in his own halls.
  • Twitter question – would Jed like to inflict any dwarf torture on PJ?
  • Jed says maybe, but has to say no because he wants to continue to work with him.
  • Great story about the Dwarves on the spit, and how Mark Hadlow got sick and asked to take a break and no one heard him. Poor thing
  • Billy Boyd sends a video question – In FOTR, they went as far as the Misty Mountains, but he knows in The Hobbit they go further East. Billy wants to know about any new Wildlands.
  • PJ answers about Mirkwood, and shows artwork the darkness and foreboding nature of Mirkwood. Misty and mirky and hard to walk through, to be sure.
  • Evangeline sends a question – What will Thranduil’s realm be like?
  • PJ mentions that Green Screens is why she does not know what the realm looks like. The artwork shows a bridge over a raging river to a structure like Rivendell, but inside the forest. The realm looks like Rivendell and Lorien mixed together, but underground.
  • Dom Monaghan asks a question, he is holding the camera himself.
  • What is the best PJ rumor you’ve heard that is not true?
  • What are you happiest about in transferring book to film?
  • PJ answers about the craziest rumor – people asked him if he was going to move his family to a ship off the coast to avoid paying Taxes. He gets too seasick to do that.
  • Twitter question – will the Necromancer play a bigger part, and PJ says yes and nothing else.
  • Here comes a look at the movie, but the Trailer is not ready yet.
  • PJ says that Gandalf goes to see the tombs of the Witch-king
  • Gandalf in a cavern, showing a dark doorway that appears to be blown open from within. He then goes inside, and sees a bird flies out of broken stonework, and then sees Radagast. The Nine tombs were broken open from the inside.
  • The vlogs will be starting up again, even though this is very much like one.
  • Sequence of action from throughout the film concluding with ‘We are the Dwarves of Erebor, we have come to reclaim our homeland’
  • Ran for about 55 minutes

Remember, if you missed the Peter Jackson hosted first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,”  or just want to watch it over again, a modified version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website To access the footage, use your UltraViolet code on your copy “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.

Also, be sure to stay tuned to for a detailed analysis. Coming soon!

Posted in Billy Boyd, Cast Q&A, Characters, Dominic Monaghan, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Jed Brophy, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

Charity auction: film clapper signed by Hobbit cast

Rubbermonkey, an online audiovisual superstore and film production company based in Wellington, is currently auctioning a film clapperboard signed by the Hobbit crew to raise money for four local charities — the SPCA, SAFE, NICU, and Ronald McDonald House.

The IKAN clapperboard wasn’t used on the Hobbit, but has been signed by members of the Hobbit cast, including Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan.

The auction is running now on Trade Me, and closes on Monday September 10 at 3:51pm. (Some of you might also be interested in the twin charity auction of a filmclapper signed by the All Blacks.)

[Charity Auction] | [Rubbermonkey Blog]

Posted in Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Graham McTavish, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Sylvester McCoy

Fry lends voice to safe cycling in Wellington videos

Stephen Fry  (The Master of Laketown) lent his voice to narrate The Friendly Cyclist film series — a tongue-in-cheek series of cycling safety videos that follow the adventures of Mrs Penny Farthing as she learns how to cycle safely around Wellington.

Little Fighter Films wanted “a proper English voice”, and had Fry in mind when they wrote the scripts, but they unsure if they could get him involved in the project. They sent a “cheeky request” through a friend working for Wingnut films asking if he’d like to help. “Inexplicably, he did,” directors Mike and Hilleke Townsend told


Posted in Film Screenings, Hobbit Cast News, Stephen Fry

Entertainment Weekly new scrolling Hobbit scenes

Our message board members were quick to pick up on this very cool scrolling montage of pictures from the upcoming Hobbit movie over at Entertainment What’s cool is there are new scenes we’ve never seen before. What’s even cooler is you can scroll over the pictures to get a closer look. Check it out and let us know what details *you* pick out on the very active thread in progress on our Hobbit discussion board! Read More…

Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, Cate Blanchett, Conan Stevens, Graham McTavish, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Mikael Persbrandt, Peter Hambleton, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter

Stephen Fry finishes filming, bids a fond farewell to Middle-earth

British actor Stephen Fry, who will appear as the Master of Laketown in the upcoming Hobbit movies (though perhaps only in the second one?? – just a guess…), has – according to the press – finished filming in New Zealand.  He’s clearly sad to go, as reported here.   (If you’re curious about Fry’s comments about broadband services, as mentioned in the article, you can read more here!)

What this means regarding what is ‘in the can’ and what is still to be shot can only be speculated.  Are all Laketown scenes filmed?  Have the technical wizards already started adding in a CGI Smaug?  Might Fry be called back for pick-ups after the first movie has been released?  Right now, the question I’m pondering is this: once he’s back in Britain, I wonder how soon the actor will find time to stop by the Hobbit pub in Southampton?  Perhaps he’ll wait till cast mate Ian McKellen can join him, later in the summer….

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – March 25, 2012

Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week.Aragorn at Weathertop If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun!


Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Miscellaneous, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit, Community, Uncategorized

Latest on The Hobbit pub, Southampton

For those who have been following this story, here’s a quick update, as per the news on the ‘Save the Hobbit, Southampton’ facebook page.

It looks like the Saul Zaentz Company are seeking an amicable resolution:

“The SZC have stated that they would like to resolve the matter of our possible copyright infringement amicably. … They have asked that we arrange to operate by way of License and that they would grant this License for a nominal fee of $100 per annum.”

Furthermore, The Hobbit pub has continued support of some ‘Middle-earth’ celebrities:

“I [the owner of the pub] have just received a telephone call from Stephen Fry’s business partner. Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen will be visiting the Hobbit Pub sometime after filming is completed and they have even offered to pay for the license fee.”

So it looks like it will be good news all round for The Hobbit pub, as peace and order is restored to the Shire (of Southampton) once more…

Posted in Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Miscellaneous, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

Updates on The Hobbit pub issue

Since the news of problems for the long standing The Hobbit pub in Southampton surfaced a few days ago, many fans have jumped onboard to support the pub, including a few involved in the current movie production. Stephen Fry pretty much brought the story to everyone’s attention a few days back, and now Sir Ian McKellen is adding his support. You can read his reaction on his Blog.

*Breaking News*

And just as details of this latest news were coming in, reports now appear that might indicate a solution is on the horizon. You can read details at the Daily Echo. They will be updating that blog shortly with reaction from locals, so raise a pint everyone and keep your Hobbity fingers crossed this hiccup is resolved.

Posted in Characters, Headlines, Hobbit Book, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

First Hobbit trailer: TORn’s frame-by-frame analysis

On December 20th 2011 at approximately 10pm ET/7pm PT, Warner Brothers released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. What followed was a world of fans exploding in joy. We here at were equally giddy and now, after some time digesting, we offer our complete and detailed frame-by-frame look at the trailer.

Find the trailer online at and

The following screen caps and commentary are not confirmed and only speculation by the staff at

And a special note: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! And Click the images to see larger versions


Posted in Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Creations, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, John Callen, Ken Stott, Luke Evans, Make the Hobbit Happen, Mark Hadlow, Martin Freeman, Peter Hambleton, Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Rumors Spy News, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, The Hobbit

Stephen Fry Talks “Cowardly, Greedy” Master of Laketown has just this morning put up a video interview with Stephen Fry discussing his role as the Master of Laketown in The Hobbit.

Besides descriptions of the look of the Master, there’s also mention of Bard the Bowman being a horserider, and hints to the design of Laketown itself, a “smelly city that’s on stilts in the lake below the mountain where Smaug the Dragon lives”.

We wonder if the geography has been changed for dramatic effect. What do you make of that!?

Watch the video HERE.

By the way, our message board members are discussing this video even as you watch it. Feel free to join in!

Posted in Characters, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit

Hobbit in 5 – Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan reunite, new Hobbit set pics

This week’s ‘Hobbit in 5’ gives us the details on the Hobbit shoot in New Zealand, the new video game ‘Lord of the Rings: War in the North’, and the recent Hobbit reunion as seen in Empire Magazine. Take a look!

Posted in Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, Gaming, Hobbit Movie, Locations Sets, New Zealand, Peter Jackson, Sean Astin, Stephen Fry, The Hobbit