Fathom Events has come out with a trailer for the special showings of all three Hobbit extended editions in early October. The trailer, which is 2 minutes, 19 seconds long, contains shots from all three EEs, including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Needless to say… spoilers ahead!

 

The Fathom Events trailer shows only a few seconds of new material sandwiched in between familiar scenes from the theatrical release. However, a quick eye can catch some tantalizing hints about some of the new material. Some of what the sharp-eyed members of our Hobbit Movie discussion forum are buzzing about are listed below (spoiler warning!):

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Blake Robinson is an Australian composer of music for film, TV and games. He writes:

Armies, Dragons and Rings was created by request, specifically for the final theatrical trailer music for The Hobbit 3. It heavily features [Howard Shore’s] “The Ring” theme in a new context. Continue reading “Listen to Armies, Dragons and Rings, a piece created for The Battle of the Five Armies marketing campaign”

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES I know the trailer has been and gone a couple of weeks now, but here are a few geeky items of trivia that we noted at the time that have been rattling round inside our heads ever since that we wanted to share.

Maybe you’ve noted these things too; maybe not! Were there other geeky oddities that you noted at the time? Continue reading “Five geeky things we spotted in ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ trailer”

There are heaps of screecaps available from the Five Armies trailer now, but if you’re keen on the highest resolution available you’ll want these ones.

Warner Bros. supplied our friends at Herr-der-ringe-film.de 11 “official” high-resolution screencaps from the trailer… and they look super-crisp. We’ve reproduced four directly below; head to HDRE to grab the lot of them. Continue reading “11 official high-resolution screencaps from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer”

Saruman the White by John Howe.
Saruman by John Howe.
Christopher Lee has precisely one line in the recent trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but his little cameo was an unsurprising winner with fans. And, apart from reinforcing that stuff is always better with Chris Lee (maybe Chris can do all the voices for BOTFA — that would be ace!), it also sparked a surprising amount of speculation about Saruman’s intentions in desiring to confront Sauron alone.

Now, we can’t say how the confrontation occurred in canon: we know little more than that the White Council put forth its strength, that Saruman played an important role, and that Sauron deliberately withdrew as he had anticipated and planned for the actions of the Wise. Had Sauron, in fact, already fled? It’s a legitimate interpretation of the texts. However, Tolkien’s writings are a lot more informative about when Saruman “left the path of wisdom”. In this feature, Tedoras examines what The Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales, and The Silmarillion have to tell us about Saruman’s fall.

 

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BotFATrailer82 It’s been a long journey since our very first TORn staff frame-by-frame trailer analysis — all the way back in 2001 when The Fellowship of the Ring was about to debut on the silver screen. Now it’s the very last one — the frame-by-frame for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

It’s been a lot of fun for us all, and we hope you’ve enjoyed the reading as much as we’ve enjoyed the analysing and speculating.

So without further ado except for the compulsory movie spoiler warning… Continue reading “TORn’s final frame-by-frame analysis: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies main trailer”