smaug_the_hobbit_1977To celebrate the conclusion of 2013 Middle-earth’s Year of the Dragon, here are the thirteen most viewed posts of the past year.

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TOP 13 Posts of 2013:

13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Sneak Peek – commentary

12. Analysis: just how big is Jackson’s Smaug?

11. All the spoilery details from the 20 minutes of previously unseen footage screened at The Desolation of Smaug Fan Event

10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Scene Guide

9. Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work

8. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug runtime is 156 minutes?

7. Viggo ‘Turned Down’ Role as Aragorn? Not so fast…

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

5. Finally! See the human face of Beorn!

4. Analysing the role of The Necromancer in The Hobbit

3. ‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition’ release dates, content, pricing announced

2. Top 20 Quotes From “The Lord of the Rings”

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