Posts Tagged ‘Smaug’
Glaurung the dragon, one of the chief weapons Morogth used to defeat the Eldar in Beleriand. Artwork: John Howe.
In this new TORn library piece, guest writer Dr Timothy Furnish explores dragons and dragon-slaying in the Tolkien-verse. Are there reasons why only Men slay dragons in the world of Arda, and not elves or dwarves? Read on and find out!
Why did Tolkien imagine only men killing dragons?
by Dr Timothy Furnish, PhD.
Dragons were very important to J.R.R. Tolkien, who acknowledged that his very first attempt at fiction-writing, when he was seven, centered around a “great green dragon.”
In his seminal work Beowulf: the Monster and the Critics, Tolkien noted that in myth “there are… many heroes but very few good dragons.” And in On Fairy Stories he confessed that he “desired dragons with a profound desire.” (more…)
Posted in Characters, Fellowship of the Ring, Green Books, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, The Hobbit
These remarkable pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch performing motion capture for The Hobbit appear to be from a yet-to-be-released video blog? Wherever they are from, they are quite amazing. Check out the dots. Check out the facial expressions!
Thanks to all who sent in the news about this! (more…)
Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Hobbit Movie, Production, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, WETA Digital
This week in the roll out we’ve seen of new collectibles tied to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug we get something that allows you to bring parts of the film home early. These collectibles brought to you from Film Cells Ltd. capture little pieces of film placed in some pretty cool looking frames and some even allow you to bring more than one shot home. As of now you have ten different selections for film, two with six book marks and 4 different film frames. The coolest option is the film frame with 10 different scenes from what appears to be the first trailer. This is the option I went with and I got some pretty cool scenes capturing Legolas, Thranduil, Balin, Thorin/Dwarves all covered in spiderweb, Mirkwood, Azog, and I even got one with Smaug in it. I also ordered a bookmark and got a cool shot of Thorin covered in Spiderweb. I also asked the folks if there were more options coming as we get closer to the film and we will be getting more options.
Posted in Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again
This weekend (Saturday at 6pm ET) the Hall of Fire will be detouring from our regular book chats back into movie-land as we head into spoiler-land and pull apart the new trailer for The Desolation of Smaug in what’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening discussion.
Bard: You have no right to enter that mountain!
Thorin: I have every right.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug trailer chat and analysis! (more…)
Posted in Barliman News, Barlimans, Hall of Fire
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
Today is the big day! The second trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released worldwide at 9am EDT/6am PDT (Check the time for your own Timezone).
The Desolation of Smaug Barliman’s LIVE Trailer chat!
TheOneRing.net’s staff will be on hand both LIVE and behind the scenes to digest, analyze and report on all the juicy details from the new trailer. Will we see all of Smaug? Beorn? Many questions will be answered in just a few short hours. The anticipation is palpable, and TheOneRing.net be sharing all the juicy details as they are available. (more…)
Posted in Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Conversation with Smaug by JRR Tolkien.
In this interesting feature over on Heirs of Durin
, Ringer ArchedCory delves into the nature and characteristics of Smaug as described in The Hobbit — and the alterations to these traits that J.R.R. Tolkien made during the writing process.
The Evolution of Smaug
I am sure many of you are familiar with the explanation Tolkien wrote in a letter to the ‘Observer’ in January 1938: (more…)
Posted in Characters, Green Books, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Tolkien
Continuing the speculation of what Smaug will look like in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 13 year old Ringer Manuel sent us his vision of what Smaug will be, based on the glimpses we’ve had so far.
Posted in Benedict Cumberbatch, Creations, Fans, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheOneRing.net Community, Trailer, Uncategorized
As we continue our 2013 Pledge Drive – Light the Beacons – you may be wondering if we are receiving any corporate support.The answer is a decisive ‘Yes!’ Over the years, we’ve been privileged to establish amazing relationships with some very reputable and worthwhile corporate entities. Those entities are now popping up to lend their support to TheOneRing.net with a financial commitment.
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Posted in Characters, Clothing, ComicCon, Conventions, Evangeline Lilly, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Hobbit Movie, Jewelry, Jewelry, Meet Ups, Posters Prints, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Tolkien’s love of Anglo-Saxon history is well-known, as are his influences from such Nordic works as Beowulf and the Finnish Kalevala. His passion for these cultures is evident in every race he created for Middle-earth, including the dwarves. Yet as has been highlighted in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, some of the inspiration for the dwarven race may have come from an understated influence: the Celts. (more…)
Posted in Aidan Turner, Alan Lee, Billy Connolly, Characters, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Green Books, Hobbit Movie, Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Lectures & Education, Miscellaneous, soundtrack, The Hobbit, Uncategorized, WETA Workshop
On Friday message board member narflet let us know that images and details for the Tie-in books were available for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. According to the current list, there are going to be seven (count them!) tie-in books for film two. The United States Publication dates for all the books looks to be November 5th with the lone exception being the Weta Chronicles book which debuts on December 13th. The publication dates for the books in the United Kingdom are November 7th with the lone exception being the Annual being August 29th. (more…)
Posted in Books, Books Publications, Collectibles, Collectibles, Hobbit Movie, Merchandise, Shop, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
And here’s new poster art for Desolation of Smaug, too!
Is this a subtle indicator that we will definitely see Bilbo and Smaug’s (the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities) riddling sequence from Inside information in the Desolation of Smaug? Those great lines about Bilbo being the friend of bears and guest of eagles — barrel-rider, Ringwinner and Luckwearer? (more…)
Posted in Headlines, Hobbit Movie, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug