The Russian publisher Sezonoj has just published a reprint of the second edition of La Hobito, world famous work by J.R.R. Tolkien, as the ninth volume of the Mondliteraturo series of books. (more…)Posted in Green Books, Hobbit Book, The Hobbit, Tolkien
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Today, is a huge day! We’ve already gotten the first poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and of course today we got the first trailer for the movie.
Well, that’s not the only thing for the new movie that has made an appearance on this very special day.
Weta has just released the first product and it’s a special preview product for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with this mini barrel-riding Bilbo Baggins statue. This statue fits in line with the mini-statues you’ve seen us review here from The Lord of the Rings. It’s the very first mini-statue for The Hobbit trilogy. This will also be the first in a line of barrel-riding pieces leading up to the release of the film in December. Bilbo is in-stock for $65 so get you order in now to enter for a chance to win 65 Weta dollars and add this amazing Bilbo statue to your collection.
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.
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…)Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Trailer
The fans are agape at their 1st full-frontal view of Smaug the Terrible, not to mention the ladies seem to be universally trembling over Thranduil’s eyebrows — and of course this kind of ephemera makes for a juicy fun live webcast! Join us TODAY as we pick apart all the details we can see, hear, or smell in this newest piece of marketing for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.
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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.
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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Today is the big day! The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released worldwide at 1pm EDT/10am PDT (All Timezones).
TheOneRing.net’s staff will be on hand both LIVE and behind the scenes to digest, analyze and report on all the juicy tidbits from the new trailer. Will we see more of Smaug? Beorn? Many questions will be answered in just a few short hours. The anticipation is palpable, and our crack staff at TheOneRing.net will be ready to share all the juicy details as they are available.
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Hot on the heels of the poster release and trailer news, we’ve received word via Stuff.co.nz that Wellington will not host the premiere of the second Hobbit movie.
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Part of a deal signed with Warner Bros and New Line Cinema said at least one of the world premieres had to be held in New Zealand.
Jackson’s spokesman Matt Dravitzki this morning confirmed the second premiere would not be held in New Zealand this year.
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This thing all things devour:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stone to meal;
Slays kings, ruins towns,
And beats high mountains down.
- Gollum to Bilbo
The Hobbit – Riddles in the Dark
We’ve now reached the “we haven’t seen this before” phase of reveals for statues from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The first statue to make the scene in this phase is a familiar face to fans of Middle-earth. That’s right! Gollum our lovely precious Gollum as we saw him in the Riddles in the Dark sequence from the movie. This is also the first time we’ve gotten Gollum in traditional 1:6th scale as a regular release in a line of statues based on Middle-earth.
The overall graphic layout for Gollum’s box stays the same as we’ve seen with previous entries in the line. Per the format we’ve come to know the front of the box gives you a great shot of Gollum, graphic work for the title of the movie, and of course the Weta logo. The sides of the box for Gollum also present a familiar format with different looks at the statue. While the other side of the box presents some of the various products you can get for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey line of collectibles. The back of the box contains a great story on Gollum as well as information regarding details of the character and statue. The Styrofoam on the inside is typical with what we’ve become used to getting with these statues.
Greg Tozer is back at it on this piece and he got some help from Ben Mauro for bringing this version of Gollum to life. Gollum has been quite the achievement for Weta from the time we first got a great look at him in The Two Towers and ten years later he is even better looking with the new technology. This statue I think captures that improvement in how Gollum looks. The likeness is as good as you’re going to see and the rage Gollum has in realizing he’s lost his precious to Bilbo comes through quite clearly. On his face you get great definition in the wrinkles with how his face squishes together allowing the anger to come through. The body gives you great definition in the rib cage showing how malnourished Gollum is from lingering due to the ring. Two final features on the body that I found very cool are the lack of scars on Gollum’s back and the blood vessels on his arms. The lack of scars of course comes from this being 60 years before The Lord of the Rings and not being tortured by Sauron. While the blood vessels are subtle but a nice attention to detail by Weta.
Gollum really doesn’t have a traditional outfit as we’ve seen with previous releases in this line. He has a simple loincloth with little pouch that he keeps his precious in. The sculpt job done on these are really well done in giving them the look of real leather. Gollum is also the first statue to come with an addition to the base. He’s jumping off a rock deep within the Misty Mountains that makes up his little home area, and it very much comes across sculpt wise looking like the rocks we saw on screen.
Gollum does not have the traditional skin tone we’ve seen with the other statues within this line so far. He’s been under the mountain for years with no sunlight so he has a bit lighter look to his skin tone. Weta has of course been able to do this successfully and it once again looks like the Gollum we’ve seen on screen. He even has the nice pinker tone around the eyes you see on screen giving the appearance of someone who gets little sleep. Another success of the skin tone is making sure you don’t lose the wrinkle detail or boney nature of the rib area. One area I mentioned earlier that could have been lost easily is the blood vessels, but they’re really enhanced I believe with the subtle job done by Weta.
Finally, going back to his clothes or lack there of with the loincloth. The paint job does a solid job working with the wrinkles in the sculpt to create the leather look of the loincloth. His rock area has a great worn looking pain job to it with a great lighter tone around the bottom.
Gollum retails for $249, which is in line with most of the statues so far in the line. Gollum just looks great and works well with the Bilbo statue creating a great scene on your shelf. Weta also did a fantastic job with Gollum making sure he’s able to hold the post by inserting a rod into his leg that goes into the rock. Helping give this statue a great look and feel of that moment in the dark.
PS: The answer to the riddle: Time
Gollum is an open edition piece and can be ordered right now from Weta Workshop.
9.1″ x 14.2″ x 5.9″ (H x W x D)
23 cm x 36 cm x 15 cm
2.2 lbs (980g)
Now this is some proper poster art. Fresh off the presses, enjoy this great teaser poster for The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug.
One observation, could Bilbo be on the Ravenhill? Though, perhaps it’s too close for that.
Plus now we know for certain, the teaser trailer will debut on Tuesday, June 11th, at 10am PDT (1pm EDT)! (Editor’s note: it does say PST in the original post, but I am going to assume that is a typo.)
If you’re not sure what time that is in your area, we’ve done up this little Event Announcer so you can look it up!
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William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), and Graham McTavish (Dwalin) have been announced as guests at Dragon*Con, held August 30- September 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tolkien’s Middle-earth Track will be presenting panels on costuming, literature, music, art, and of course TheOneRing.net will be there with all the latest news on ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. TOR.n will also have a fan table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi! Check out Tolkien’s Middle-earth website or Facebook page for all the latest track and guest updates.
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