Archive of posts tagged Bilbo

Director Peter Jackson Reveals Desolation of Smaug Character Posters

On Sunday, November 2, director Peter Jackson, via his Facebook page, revealed seven new character posters for the upcoming Desolation of Smaug. The posters showcase what will be the main characters in the second installment of The Hobbit films.

Below is a gallery of the posters for you to enjoy.

New ‘Desolation of Smaug’ banner posters

Leading up to today’s release of the latest ‘Desolation of Smaug’ trailer, available here for those who haven’t seen it yet, several new banner posters were revealed. Below is a slide show of each poster. The Thranduil and Legolas/Tauriel ones are really quite stunning, but then we could be a little biased 😉

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Desolation of Smaug trailer screen caps

Decided to devote a separate post for screen caps from the first trailer of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Will add more as I get them.

Thanks to Galentaliel for some of these wonderful caps!

Stars, and fans, attend The Hobbit world premiere

Cate Blanchett at The Hobbit world premiere

Actress Cate Blanchett arrives for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey World Premiere

Last night in Wellington, New Zealand thousands of fans, elves, wizards, dwarves, hobbits, and other denizens of Middle-earth gathered outside the Embassy Theater to watch the arrival of The Hobbit‘s many stars for the film’s world premiere.

Some of those that were spotted were Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Barry Humphries (Goblin king), William Kircher (Bifur), Aidan Turner (Fili), Dean O’Gorman (Kili), and of course, director Sir Peter Jackson. Actor Ian McKellen, who plays wizard Gandalf, was unfortunately absent but according the The Huffington Post sent a message along saying, “I wish I were there in my spiritual home in Wellington.”

Some late arrivals to the red carpet included actors John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films, and Evangeline Lily who plays Tauriel a warrior elf-maid of Mirkwood, a role created for The Hobbit films by director Jackson.

Fan website (TORn) which broadcasted live from the event has some nice pictures from the red carpet of the stars’ arrivals. And for those that missed their live broadcast, or those that just want to re-watch it,  a stream is provided via their website.

Empire Magazine unveils 5 special Hobbit covers!

Special Empire lenticular Galadirel cover The latest edition of Empire magazine which hits newsstands in the UK tomorrow will feature five different covers for the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. But these aren’t just any old covers, they are 3D lenticular covers! That’s right, they are scaled-down versions of the 3D lenticular posters seen at this year’s San Diego Comic Con!

The five covers feature the lovable wizard Gandalf, beautiful and wise elf Galadriel, the mighty leader of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield, crafty creature Gollum, and of course the hero of the story, hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

Subscribers to the magazine will also get their own special Bilbo cover in addition to one of the lenticulars. The new issue will be available in the UK tomorrow, October 25th, as well as in the UK and US  iTunes stores.

Check out all five covers, as well as the special limited edition cover only available to subscribers in the gallery below.

Weta Workshop releases range of Hobbit merchandise

Gearing up for the first installment of the Hobbit franchise due to hit theaters this December, Weta Workshop, the group of artists and craftsmen responsible for helping bring Middle-earth to life, has released a range of Hobbit merchandise for films.

The products include books, statues, fine art prints, jewelry, and much more!

Here is a listing of what Weta has available so far:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art and Design

Hobbit Chronicles book“This book presents hundreds of full colour conceptual drawings and paintings, along with set designs, sculpture and glorious photography across more than 200 pages.

We offer this wonderful book signed by Richard Taylor, Daniel Falconer and a selection of artists who worked on the movies to anyone who pre-orders The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chronicles: Art and Design from before 14 December.”


Assorted Maps from the original artists

Thorin's map by Weta

“Created from scans taken directly from the original artwork and printed on Italian parchment paper”


An Unexpected Journey – art print, by Gus HunterArt Prints from the original Conceptual Designers

“From Weta Workshop’s Conceptual Designers who worked on the films”

More art prints are being planned for a later release.


1/6 scale figures

Thorin Oakenshield by Weta“Continuing the highly successfully range of 1/6 scale figures sculpted for The Lord of the Rings, the sculpting team at Weta Workshop present the first figures from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”



Authentic Prop Replicas

The Contract of Bilbo Baggins by Weta“Created by the same people and using the same materials and techniques as the items in the film.:”


“Precious” Jewellery

“Weta is pleased to again be working with Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith to produce The One Ring in gold plated Tungsten Carbide. This version is without Elvish runes.”




For more information on any of the products listed above, click on the links to go to Weta’s website.