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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

New Desolation of Smaug TV Spot featuring Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’

109A mere two days ahead of the film’s U.S. release, we have, for your viewing, a new
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug TV Spot. This latest spot features several new shots and uses singer Ed Sheeran’s closing credits song “I See Fire”. Check just below to watch it in High Definition, courtesy of Warner Brothers UK Trailers’ YouTube page. (more…)

Posted in Ed Sheeran, Hobbit Movie, Howard Shore, MGM, Miscellaneous, Music, New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, soundtrack, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Warner Bros.

Fan vid: the sneak peek trailer combined with snippets of Howard Shore’s score

Thorin_Oakenshield Ringer Antonio has taken the sneak peek trailer (that’s trailer #3), and combined it with some snippets that we’ve heard so far of Howard Shore’s score. It’s not always a seamless experience, but it’s an interesting one that, perhaps, provides a better indication of how the finished product might look, sound and feel next month.

Check it out for yourself! (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Howard Shore, soundtrack, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Thirteen things we love about The Desolation of Smaug footage

live event To wrap up the week that saw an unprecedented live fan event where fans gathered in theaters around the world with cast and crew, here is a list of things that stood out for TORn staff.

During the event, fans were treated to costume displays, live Q&As, a preview of the end credit music video, and most importantly, 20 minutes of nearly complete, previously unseen footage. As stated in previous posts, this means movie spoilers are coming, so feel free to stop reading now if you wish to spend the next four weeks without knowing what’s to come. (more…)

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Watch trailer #3 “sneak peek” for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

Thorin_Oakenshield While Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. were treating some very lucky fans to 20 minutes of previously unseen footage from The Desolation of Smaug, they were also releasing a new sneak peek for the film onto the web.

The three-minute sneak peek features some all-new scenes, including a few that the folks at the Live Event did not get to see — even in the extended footage. At least in Wellington, we saw trailer #2 instead to kick off the event.

So it wouldn’t be entirely correct to say this is a cut-down of the footage (of which we will have a detailed and spoiler-filled report soon!) — it feels like a trailer in its own right.


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

A Desolation of Smaug Survival Guide for Arachnophobes and Drakonophobes

Yes, this story will be riddled with spoilers in it, and some snark.


ShelobWith less than 2 months to go before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we at thought you might like a little survival guide if you happen to be Arachnophobic or Drakonophobic. The Lord the Rings: The Return of the King was a little hard on many avowed Arachophobe Tolkien fans, this reporter’s sister being one of them. She watched the entire Shelob sequence from behind her purse every time she saw it on the big screen. It was only when she saw it on DVD that she could watch it unfettered.


Long before Tolkien conceived of Sam fighting off Shelob to try and save Frodo, he placed an entire Colony of giant Spiders in Mirkwood to trap the Company of Dwarves for Bilbo to rescue. This was Bilbo’s first real challenge to help the Company and he rose to the occasion. Here you can see the fear on Bilbo’s face, but he conquers it to save the Dwarves, and you can conquer your Arachnophobia too. spider-bilbo


As for Drakonophobia, that may have been made up word, not quite sure, but better safe than sorry. Now, to be fair, there are probably more Arachnophobes than there are Drakonophobes in the world simply because there are more spiders in the world than there are dragons. We have all those Knights in Shining Armor to thank for that. Except in China, where the dragons settled in the Rivers and became good luck symbols and come out every Chinese New Year. Gung Hey Fat Choy!!!!  Golden Dragon parade

Dragons as seen in Tolkien’s Middle-earth can easily instill Drakonophobia in man and beast alike , and Smaug is the most famous of those dragons. There was fear, mixed with anger and sadness when Thorin told the story of Smaug’s attack on the Lonely mountain, killing so many and driving out the few survivors. Thranduil would not risk his own people to help and Dale was completely destroyed. The entire area around the Lonely Mountain was called the Desolation of Smaug while the Men of Lake-town built their town on stilts over the lake in the hopes of surviving future dragon attacks. Smaug has not been seen in 60 years, and yet Drakonophobia is still affecting the people of Lake-town to this day. But no one is really sure he is still really alive since it’s been so long since he was last seen, at least not until Bilbo makes his fateful first burgal attempt.  Smaug

So, without further ado, here are a few helpful pointers on how to survive your inner phobias when spiders and dragons appear onscreen.

1) Read The Hobbit before the film opens, familiarity makes it easier to handle shocks of this nature, at least the chapters in Mirkwood through Bilbo entering the Lonely Mountain.

2) Go with a really tall friend and sit behind them. If you have no tall friend, find a tall person in the theater and sit behind them.

3) If you prefer to see the film unfettered, then bring a jacket or purse to put in front of your eyes during the spider or dragon scenes.

4) Failing a jacket or purse, buy a soda or popcorn to raise up, my preference would be popcorn, because if you spill it from fright, it is less messy and certainly not cold or sticky.

5) Bring Litzi (Red Envelope with money or gold in it) purely to use as a Chinese New Year gift/bribe

6) Put on your Ring of Power and hide

7) Hold hands with your best friend, try not to cut off the circulation.

8) Run out of the theater during the scary bits (works for children)

9) If running out of the theater seems to be a waste of money, just close your eyes, but you may need to hold your hands over years ears too, those spiders seem to make some creepy noises. Smaug, on the other hand has a rather awesome voice.

10) Wait for the film to come out on DVD/Blu-ray

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Yahoo!’s eight most awesome moments from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer

bg_wxFiK His unexpected journey has taken Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf buddies from bucolic Hobbiton and through the Misty Mountains. And over the course of the three-hour movie, it almost felt like we were there for Every. Single. Step. Now Peter Jackson appears poised to ramp up the action and kick things into a higher gear. Or at least that’s the promise in the new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

The second chapter in the three-part Middle-earth epic has been flying under the radar for the better part of the year with a notable non-presence at San Diego Comic-Con and no new footage revealed for several months. But that all changed today with a burst of dragon fire to remind you that Smaug is one badass reptile. And he’s not the only peril facing our intrepid band. (more…)

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

TORn’s official frame-by-frame analysis of trailer two for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

Last Tuesday, Peter Jackson and Warner Bros. finally released the second official trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

If you need to refresh your memory … who are we kidding? … you’ve memorised it all! But if you’d like to see it again, check it out on Youtube or on

In the intervening time, staff here at have watched the trailer again and again… and again… We’ve also been poring over large screencaps, with a magnifying glass, to spot any tiny details which just might give us some further insight into what we will see when the movie is finally released in cinemas in a little more than 60 days’ time.

Check out what we spotted below! You can click on the small thumbnail screencaps to see large, high-resolution versions. A warning for spoilers!. But you’re expecting them if you made it this far, surely? (more…)

Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Announcements, Community, Trailer

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – October 7, 2013

EowynAndWitchKingWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the week ending October 7, 2013.  If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch up on the highlights.  Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the link 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 the fun!


Posted in Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Movie Return of the King, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Community, Tolkien, Trailer

See Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen talk Hobbit trailer on NBC Today!

Gandalf at Dol Guldur As you might recall, when the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuted during the week, actors Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen went on the Today show to have a chat about the filming, share exclusive sneak peek of the trailer itself. (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

An animation of Smaug in all his glory

Ringer Ryan sent us in the following gif made from the trailer, slowed down to show Smaug in all his fiery glory.

For those who haven’t seen the trailer… SPOILER ALERT


Posted in Creations, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Warner Bros. releases improved version of Desolation of Smaug trailer

102 Readers who grabbed their copy of the Desolation of Smaug trailer from Youtube may wish to have another look — Warner Bros. has just released an updated, improved version.

The Warner Bros. team emphasise that the content is exactly the same, but the file has been tweaked to improve your viewing experience. Or, as they say, “it will just look better.” (Personally, we reckon both versions look pretty good, but if you’ve got an eye for detail this is the one for you!) (more…)

Posted in Hobbit Movie, MGM, New Line Cinema, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Warner Bros.