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Compare The Desolation of Smaug trailer: 48 fps v 24fps!

Thorin Oakenshield Over at a talented fellow named Michael Sanders has used some nifty video trickery to interpolate what the Desolation of Smaug trailer might look like at 48 frames per second. It’s a very interesting experiment.

Several TORn staff have compared the Sanders’ 48fps interpolation and the 24fps rendition initially released by Warner Bros. side-by-side — and we feel that even Sanders’ “amateur” (and that word seems unfair for something that looks so good) interpolation reduces picture blurring blurring from camera panning and fast movement. (more…)

Posted in Creations, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Studios, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Trailer in LEGO

LegoThranduilFrom Brotherhood Workshop, who brought us the reason Tom Bombadil wasn’t in the LOTR Movies, here’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer in Lego.

Enjoy! :)



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BBFC rates a “new” Desolation of Smaug trailer

bbfc The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has just recently rated another trailer for The Desolation of Smaug. This one comes in at 1 minute and 31 seconds, and like the first trailer that debuted back in June is rated 12A.

But we wonder whether, at 30 seconds shorter than the last one, this will merely be a cut-down version for different markets — a bit like we saw with the rendition of the AUJ trailer that was attached to Pixar’s Brave last year. In fact, Ringer TheHutt on the messageboards suggests that it might be this version below, which seems to been floating around a while, and contains no new scenes. If anyone has better information, get in touch with us! (more…)

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

Listen and quake: The voice of Smaug

Smuag as first viewed in the June 2013 trailer.

Smuag as first viewed in the June 2013 trailer.

One of the single most anticipated characters or creatures in 2013 cinema, (honestly it is difficult to think of anything close) is the marriage of the voice and performance of Benedict Cumberbatch and the digital artistry of Weta Digital together in Tolkien’s dragon Smaug the Magnificent.

We all saw the creature’s head move in the latest “Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” trailer, but it is still a good bit removed from the total performance. But for now, you can listen to the voice, or at least the voice originating from the same human, doing a reading of “Ode To A Nightingale.”

Nobody (outside of the team making the movie) knows how his performance will change as a dragon, nor how the sound team will change or enhance or filter the original performance. But this is a great chance to hear the raw voice in a short, satisfying reading. Thanks to staffer Justin for the find. Enjoy.

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Frame by Frame Analysis of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer


This story is sponsored by Deep Into the Heart of the Rose - Now Available on Amazon Kindle!On June 12th Warner Brothers released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It can be viewed in its entirety at

Staff here at have now – a week later – 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 comes out at the end of this year. Check out what we spotted, below!

The following screen caps and commentary are not confirmed and are only speculation by the staff at We plan on providing additional updates and insights as staff chime in – so keep this page bookmarked!

If you would like to easily browse all high res imagery of the trailer, check out page 11.

We’d like to thank G.T. Denny, author of ‘Deep into the Heart of a Rose,’ for sponsoring this effort!

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! And Click the images to see larger versions


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

What we learned from the Desolation of Smaug Trailer

title cardSo what did we learn from the first “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” trailer? We saw some new characters, the promise of favorite scenes from the book brought to life, and a few departures from existing text. Here is a little round up what was seen and what it all might mean.




Posted in Characters, Evangeline Lilly, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Uncategorized

TORn Message Boards Weekly Roundup – June 16, 2013

Desolation of SmaugWelcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. 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 Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, Parodies, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

The Pony: The Desolation of Smaug

Desolation of Smaug Pony parody Welp, someone decided to mash-up the new teaser trailer for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. With Shining Armour as Legolas and Princess Cadance as Tauriel, and Applejack as Bard (I looked them all up on the internet, honest), the result is too cute to overlook. The dragon looks pretty awesome too. (more…)

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Guillermo del Toro not credited as a screenwriter in DoS trailer

If, like us, you have been repeatedly watching the new The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer over the last couple of days, you may have noticed something surprising at the end.  In the second screen of credits, right after Tolkien’s name, the screenwriters are credited: ‘Screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson’.  That’s it; unlike in the credits for An Unexpected Journey, Guillermo del Toro is not credited as a screenwriter for this second movie.  (Not in this trailer, at any rate…)

thdos-trailer01-092What this means is anyone’s guess.  We know of course that del Toro worked long and hard on the screenplays for the movies when he was in position as the films’ director.  At that time the plan was for only two movies; it seems hard to imagine, however, that it would be possible to extricate del Toro’s contributions to the scripts to such an extent that it could safely be said that he had NO hand in the screenplay for Desolation of Smaug.  Further, del Toro suggested that he would continue to be a part of the screenwriting even after he had left the movies as director; he wrote on TORn’s messageboards, ‘The writing team of PJ,FW,PB and myself will keep moving the screenplays forward.’ (See his post here.)

Perhaps it is simply that the film makers were only contractually obliged to acknowledge del Toro’s contributions in the credits for one movie; movie studios are sticklers for what’s in the contract!  Perhaps del Toro himself asked only to be credited in the first movie - wishing the role he played to be acknowledged but also perhaps wanting to move forward from the project, having made that very difficult decision to leave Middle-earth behind.   Perhaps, as for An Unexpected Journey, he will be credited at the end of the movie as ‘Project Consultant’.  Perhaps he will again be credited as a writer on the third movie, There and Back Again.  We’ll have to wait and see; meanwhile, it’s just one of those things which make you go, ‘Hmmm….’



Posted in Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer

Hobbit news in brief: new production video soon, trailer reactions and premiere update

bilbo In the wake of the release of the Desolation of Smaug trailer last night (if you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here, read the reactions of our staff here, and see some new high-resolution stills here), here’s a few snippets of interesting news for everyone!

Some you might have already read, some may be an eye opener. (more…)

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Lee Pace, MGM, New Line Cinema, Orlando Bloom, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer, Warner Bros.

Eight new high-resolution stills from the new Hobbit trailer

Coinciding with the release of the teaser for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. has released eight high-resolution stills taken from the trailer.

The choices seem to provide a bit of direction as to the key protagonists and antagonists for the forthcoming film, although one notes in passing that some of the trailer’s key characters (Thranduil and Smaug) don’t get a look in. Food for thought. Check the photos below and click for full-resolution versions. (more…)

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TORn staff react to Desolation of Smaug trailer

The Desolation of Smaug trailer is here. And if you haven’t caught it already, head here right now to see all two minutes and nine seconds full of elves, dwarves, wizards, goblins and, of course, one pesky dragon. What do we think? Well, read on to find out what our staff think of this first trailer for Desolation of Smaug — the good, the bad and the dragon-y.

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I was amazed they showed as much of Smaug as they did; was thinking we might just see a shadow or an eye again. The line “Was that an earthquake?” “That, my lad, was a dragon.” gave me CHILLS. I loved seeing Lake Town, although was hoping we’d see the Mayor. In short: Loved, loved, LOVED this trailer. I think I’m actually more excited for this film than I was for the first, if that’s possible!


I loved the butterflies, I was hoping we’d see them. I loved the scale, especially that shot where they’re climbing up a huge statue. I loved Balin’s line, ‘that, my lad, is a dragon’.

Like many trailers, this was was cut into awfully fast edits and I have trouble tracking and processing the visuals. At a few points, things looked a little on the cartoonish side of CG animation. That might be ironed out by time the film hits the theaters.

I’m not hating Tauriel. I like a kick ass, opinionated woman and I think I can bump out a spot in my brain for her character. I *am* having a hard time not seeing her as Kate Austen from LOST and I got pretty annoyed with LOST so I have to fight that tendency to associate her with the tv show. I’ll work on it.


We see the Dwarves rolled out of the Elven hall in barrels (tops off, landing sideways in the water, yipes) and head down the river, and then we see several Elves chasing them from the treetops. So it seems their escape is not quote so mysterious. Ginormous bear (Beorn?) trying to get into the wooden hall belonging to Beorn was cool.

What on Earth is Bilbo doing walking around on clinking gold coins while Smaug is still at home? While we see him, I’m wondering if that is a dramatic device so we know where he is, with the understanding he is invisible to Smaug. Either way, loose gold coins are noisy, so he loses the advantage there. Tis a mystery to me. BTW, Smaug’s head searching for him is rather cool, and very unexpected.


I love the feeling of dread at the beginning. Bilbo’s adventure is about to get a lot darker, and Thorin will realize that he’s taken on a huge task, one that affects not just the dwarves but the people of Laketown. Love the butterflies, and the barrels. Was that Beorn???? Smaug is going to be AMAZING.


UGH. they showed the dragon. Now we get to judge it. Looks like a raptor. No thrill in its reveal. It’s Gandalf the White’s reveal all over again.


It looks like Azog and his Orcs attack the same place Tauriel is at in one sequence. I wonder if we will see one of them take the other one out?


First of all, I loved that we got to see such a clear shot of Smaug (well, his head at least). It does feel like a lot of gravity is being put on the dwarves’ quest, and that other characters are reading a lot more into returning to Erebor than was ever said in the book. I love the look of Mirkwood, and Bilbo poking his head out of the trees is beautiful. I’m more curious than ever to see Gandalf and Radagast investigating the Necromancer and Dol Guldur. Can’t wait for December!


I loved the trailer except for the fact that we saw SMAUG. I agree with Justin, Smaug looks like a raptor and now everyone can pick it apart. I LOVED seeing Bard! Although I have been annoyed with the idea of Legolas being in these movies I got all sorts of excited seeing his character in the trailer and am now really looking forward to seeing some elven/dwarven friction on the big screen again in the form of some Legolas/Gimli-esque banter. Loved Balin’s line at the end!! I cringed at the sight of the Pale Orc.. Hopefully they end his story line early on because he annoys me so… Barrels out of Bond!! Loved seeing a few clips of that, as well as Bilbo with the butterflies!!

Happy dancing all day now after this!


I loved the trailer! It gave me goosebumps for sure. I loved seeing Mirkwood and Thranduil halls that was some great looking stuff. I was curious to see some action of Legolas and Tauriel. You get plenty of that here in this and I think both are going to be excellent additions to the movie. I loved the scene of Tauriel urging Legolas that they need to get involved in things. I think helps make why Legolas ends up in The Fellowship even more powerful and as Deej mentioned its a bit like the Merry/Pipping moment. Balin’s line about it being a dragon and not an earthquake was great. I actually was glad to see a bit more of Smaug to be honest. His head looks great but what I want to know is Bilbo wearing the ring or not.


Dear Peter

Trailer very underwhelming. What was that awful lizard at the end? Think John Howe may have been ripping off his old Glaurung sketches (not his best work, tbh) a bit much. Some nice bits, mostly the scenery. Still, if I wanted scenery porn I’d go watch Samsara.

Also, WTH with massive extended close-up of Lee Pace’s eyebrows? I didn’t realise this was a fetish film. Now understand I was analysing everything wrongly and respectfully request more lingering closeups on the redhead.

Regards and etc.

The resident crank.


This teaser has a HEAVY emphasis on Elves, Elves, Elves! True, we had nothing but wall-to-wall Dwarves in the first film; and now the filmmakers are seemingly delighted to show us a rich, rewarding glimpse into another culture. Lee Pace’s Elvenking delivers fantastic narration (perhaps another reason we don’t hear Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice as the fire-drake) and his son Legolas brings all the Orly fans back into full Bloom.

Quite EXCITING to see all those grand purple butterflies, the snout of Beorn bursting through, the barrel-riding escape on white-water rapids (with Elves chasing & shooting!), Dol Guldur revisited, and a last, lingering shot of *Smaug* turning that corner just like the Cave Troll did in the Chamber of Mazarbul…. Bard has an ominous line but I was also expecting at least one ominous line from no-show Galadriel. Overall a very successful teaser!
Much too hasty, Quickbeam


I loved seeing the dragon, yet I still wonder if I *should* have seen it. Sooo glad the bit with the butterflies is in there, but a little sad about NOT seeing the thrush – which signifies so much. When Legolas gets the drop of the spider-webbed dwarves, doesn’t Mirkwood look a little…bright? Didn’t recognize Beorn the Bear at first – thought he was a dog. I think Tauriel will be the words of wisdom in Legolas’s head that will help him GROW into a person who can disagree with his father.

At 1:25 – why is Thorin so mad at the camerman?


The trailer is awesome. Regarding the the white knives, Legolas had those in LOTR too. Interesting to see Legolas and Tauriel together and alone. Trailer is definitely focused on the elves this time around. Seeing Smaug was cool thankfully not too much of a reveal.

The dwarves must be at the hidden door because they are walking on the statues outside Erebor. Not happy seeing the pale orc again this time attacking the elves. The hand which we’ve seen holding family portrait previously could be Legolas.

No necromancer footage, could the pale orc be the main bad guy again? Also we don’t see Smaug attacking Lake-town. Fighting orcs while in barrels is interesting, could the orcs and the elves be hunting them?


I love how they ended the DOS trailer the same way they ended the AUJ trailer. AUG with Bilbo looking up at Gollum hovering overhead, and here with Smaug moving in on him. I think they’ve left Smaug’s full appearance for the film’s release. Here we have a shadow of him… like we had when Gollum was first spotted in the FotR trailer in Moria 12 years ago!


Who’s that speaking, who is that speaking– oh hey, that’s Thranduil, he sounds pretty cool… oh hey look, Elves, elves, more elves… oh, Tauriel, she’s not kissing anyone, that’s good… are the Elves shooting at the Dwarves? SPIDER. Oh hey Bard sounds a bit like Legolas… oh my goodness that’s a dragon’s head, I cannot believe that’s a dragon’s head.


Enjoyed it a lot – and very much looking forward to a scene stealing performance from Lee Pace! Smaug looks insanely large and love the line from Balin at the secret door. I very much like how BIG Beorn in Bear form is as well. That will be critical in the final film. Let’s just hope his human counterpart is done as well!

Kili and Fili

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