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Posts Tagged ‘Smaug’

Collecting The Precious – Vanderstelt Studio “Smaug King Under the Mountain” Print Up For Order

Smaug detail FBOur friend, Artist Jerry Vanderstelt, has a brand new print ready for fans to add to their growing Middle-earth collections. If you’ve been wanting to own something Smaug specific, after seeing just how great he was in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, then today is your lucky day. You can now order an amazing print capturing Smaug the Terrible in this stunning portrait. This print gives incredible detail of the face of Smaug, with such great attention paid to the eyes, teeth, scales, fire, and even the gold being flung around by Smaug as he deals with Bilbo Baggins. As always Jerry offers this print in various sizes ranging from a 16×20 print for $35 to a Canvas Gallery Wrapped Giclee for $280. No matter which choice you go with you’ll be adding the best Smaug-centric piece on the market!

Posted in Artwork, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Collecting The Precious – Vanderstelt Studio The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Print Up For Sale

THEHOBBITDOSPAPER_zps7483134eEarlier this week we showed you a preview of Smaug from Jerry Vanderstelts upcoming print for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Tonight, we’re pleased to let you know that this print is officially up for order! This stunning print has so many of the great things we saw in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It includes incredible images of Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf, Smaug, Azog, Bard, Legolas, Tauriel, Radagast, The Necromancer, and much more. Once again Jerry has made a must have collectible for Middle-earth fans. Fans can snag this print in three different types of displaying options;  a Canvas Giclee which can be purchased starting at $325, an Epic Canvas Giclee that also comes in at $325 but is limited to 10 pieces total, and Paper Giclee for just $65. No matter which option you choose this is going to be a stand out item in your collection. So order your print today!

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Collecting The Precious – New Middle-earth Jewelry From Badali Jewelry

ringOur friends at Badali Jewelry have some amazing new jewelry ready for fans of Middle-earth to snag for any and all occasions. The first item is a beautiful set of earrings of the Arkenstone being held by a claw of Smaug himself You can get the Smaug’s claw done in several types of metal ranging from Sterling Silver to Palladium White Gold with the prices ranging from $55 to $668. If you’re feeling in more of an Elvish mood then they also have a great looking set of Mirkwood Elven Earrings with an Emerald from Girion, Lord of Dale. The Elven leaves can be purchased in the same metals with the Palladium coming in at $757. Have something Middle-earth related you’ve wanted to put on a chain to create a necklace? Then Badali has something for you. You can now have your own piece of Mithril with this great looking Mithril Chain. Normally $15 you can snag this right now for only $10!

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Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Jewelry, Jewelry, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit

Collecting The Precious – Vanderstelt Studio Previews The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Preview

SmaugTeaseAmazing artist Jerry Vanderstelt is getting closer to releasing to collectors another one of his stellar art prints for us to add to our collections. Tonight, we got a preview of Smaug from Jerry’s upcoming print for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This little preview is fantastic! It looks like Smaug just walked off the big screen with the mind boggling detail he has put into Smaug. As soon as Jerry has this up for sale we will let you know so you can add this to your collection. Enjoy this preview of Smaug!

Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Daniel Falconer: Smaug is the grand-daddy of dragons

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-FX-046 SciFiNow spoke to Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer and author of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon (order it here if you haven’t already) about the process of creating what he describes as “the grand-daddy” of fantasy dragons.

He also reveals what Benedict Cumberbatch brought to the role, and why he feels Peter Jackson understands exactly what is required from a fantasy epic.

Don’t forget to click the link to read the entire interview.

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Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Falconer, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s The Front Gate of Erebor Environment Pre-Order

hobbitenvironmentereboralrg2The latest newsletter from our friends at Weta Workshop has been released, included in it is  their first environment piece from The Hobbit Trilogy. This amazing piece is one I have been looking forward to arriving, it captures the stunning detail of the Front Gate of Erebor. This fantastic piece has all the little details that we saw in the front gate with those two awesome Dwarven statues. You can pre-order this piece right now for a solid price of $199 with it arriving in your collection sometime between April and May.

Also in the latest newsletter is an item I believe Ringers who like to cosplay or fans of Legolas in general will love. You can add an exact replica of the vambrace that Legolas wears during The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Each vambrace is made of high quality leather and is ready to ship shortly after ordering. One vambrace comes with a price tag of $99 and will help you put a great finishing touch onto any Middle-earth themed costume.

Posted in Clothing, Clothing, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Evangeline Lilly live Facebook chat Thursday

Lilly Smaug PremiereActress Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) will be participating in a live chat with fans tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, at 12:oopm PST, on Facebook. Lilly says she will be discussing “The Hobbit” films and her character, Tauriel. Based on past experiences with the fan-friendly actress, it should be a fun opportunity!

To participate, go to the Evangeline Lilly Official Facebook page.

Posted in Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Hobbit Movie, Other Events, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Building a better dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-FX-046 Digital Trends takes a look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the way director Peter Jackson brought the film’s fearsome, fire-breathing dragon to life.


Building a better dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

From the moment that plans were first announced for a live-action adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, fans of the 1937 novel began pondering the ways in which the mighty dragon Smaug could be brought to life on the big screen with all the majesty of his literary counterpart. (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Bringing Smaug to Life: New Making-of video from Weta Digital

headWETA Digital has released a brand new two and a half minute video exclusively to the The Hollywood Reporter detailing the creation of the dragon Smaug. Thanks to Ringers Makaw, Brandon, Will P., and Jesse for notifying us about the video!

The Hollywood Reporter also spoke to Smaug VFX artist David Clayton (who is nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the film) about the process of translating actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s motion capture performance into the fire-breathing creature you see on the screen in The Desolation of Smaug. (more…)

Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Crew News, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, Miscellaneous, Other Crew, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital

Collecting The Precious: Weta Workshop’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug : Smaug: Unleashing The Dragon

hobbit-SmaugBookfrontcoverlrg2As we told you a while back, our friends from Weta Workshop have another amazing book detailing The Hobbit Trilogy up for pre-order. Now, we get to see what the cover of the book will look like, which is a great shot of Smaug and Bilbo having their conversation inside Erebor. This book will go behind the scenes to show us the work that went into briging to life the best dragon fans have ever seen on the big screen Smaug the Terrible. Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon is packed with exclusive images and amazing insights by the talented artists at Weta Digital. You can pre-order Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon right now from Weta’s website for $19.99 with it shipping in April of this year.

Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Weta Collectibles, WETA Workshop

Five things USA Today wants you to know about our deadly Draconic friend

Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Poster He’s the biggest star of the movie so there was a lot that went into creating Smaug, the dragon the size of a 747 that rules over Erebor with greedy malevolence in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Here are five things you need to know about the dragon Smaug.

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

Why Smaug still matters

Smaug, The Hobbit Lauren Davis from SF webzine io9 explores why, “in a media landscape overstuffed with dragons, do we still care so much about Smaug?”.

This was first published last month, and I missed it at the time, but it’s a very worthwhile read that delves into (among other things) the literary origins of Tolkien’s dragons — the story of Fafnir, and, of course, Beowulf. Follow the link at the bottom to read the complete article.


Why Smaug still matters

“A dragon is no idle fancy,” J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in his lecture “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Whatever may be his origins, in fact or invention, the dragon in legend is a potent creation of men’s imagination, richer in significance than his barrow is in gold.”

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Posted in Christopher Tolkien, Green Books, Headlines, Hobbit Movie, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien