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Desolation of Smaug trailer released!

Desolation of Smaug title

Sorry for the lack of posting. It has taken the release of the trailer for the second Hobbit movie to push me back into blogging – and that’s a good thing!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open in theaters on December 13 of this year, and today the official first trailer for the film has been released.

We are once again transported to Middle-earth and meet back up with our favorite adventurers as they continue on towards the Lonely Mountain – Erebor.

In the trailer we get our first glimpses of Thranduil’s Halls and Evangeline Lily as elf warrior Tauriel. Wizards Gandalf and Radagast venture on towards Dol Guldur, and the dwarves escape from the Mirkwood elves in barrels. Another scene shows the Mirkwood elves defending their home from the white orc Azog. And we also get to see very brief shots of Beorn in bear form, and lastly – but certainly not least – Smaug!

Here are a few screen shots, mostly of the elvish scenes, with more to follow, and the trailer.

Brand new trailer for The Hobbit

The next new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released today and it’s chock full of goodness! Not only do we get to see slightly more of Rivendell and the dwarves, but we also get better glimpses of the wizard Radagast the Brown, the encounter with the trolls, a bit of Goblin-town, and Bilbo agreeing to a riddle game with Gollum. Check out the trailer below as well as some screen caps, they’re sure to get one excited for the film which will be released to theaters December 14th.

UPDATE: You can now choose your own ending to the latest Hobbit trailer at the official Hobbit movie website. Choose from five different endings! The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Choose Your Moment

Gallery of images from the new trailer:

USA Today reveals exclusive new image of Radagast in The Hobbit

USA Today has some exclusive new photos from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. One image in particular is extremely interesting; none other than that of Radagast the Brown played by Sylvester McCoy!

Radagast the Brown played by Sylvester McCoy

Radagast the Brown played by Sylvester McCoy

From USA Today:  The wizard Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy) is only mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit book once, but Boyens had enough to go on to boost his role in the new movie series, and she feels he’s going to become a well-loved character. “He’s not at all like Gandalf,” Boyens says. “There’s a power and danger and sharpness and wits and cunning even about Gandalf that you sense immediately, whereas Radagast is much quieter and gentler. You could mistakenly think he’s not even a wizard or that he might not have any powers of his own, and then you discover that he does.”

Head over to USA Today for more exclusive Hobbit photos!

The White Council in The Hobbit

White Council attacks Dol Guldur

The White Council attacks Dol Guldur by Angus McBride

In a previous post titled “Elrond in the Battle of the Five Armies?” I posed the question of whether we would see Elrond in the Battle of the Five Armies, or even possibly in a flashback showing him leading the elves in support of the Dúnedain in the north against the Witch-king of Angmar. This was based on a new image leaked from the 2013 Hobbit calendar that shows Elrond dressed in battle gear.

While perusing a message board online, I came across a comment one user made a while back that said they had read in a magazine that Elrond would accompany Gandalf when the wizard goes to Dol Guldur in search of the evil influence there that we know as the Necromancer. Unfortunately they didn’t mention what magazine it was that they had read this in. This led me to do some more searching on the Internet to see if I could come up with any more information regarding this, and to see if this could be why the new calendar has an image of Elrond wearing armor. If you don’t want to know anything that could be considered spoilers, you had best stop reading here.

My search first led me to none other than director Peter Jackson’s official Facebook page. In May of 2011, Jackson answered some questions that fans had posed to him in regards to The Hobbit. One such question was whether we would see the White Council attacking Dol Guldur. Jackson’s reply to this wasn’t a definitive ‘yes’ but it is promising.

“I’m not going to say just what and when, but I will confirm that both the White Council and Dol Guldur will feature in the movies. And not just in one scene either. Just how to visualise it has been a challenge, but fortunately Alan Lee and John Howe went crazy with ideas, and it should look pretty cool.”

Now I need to point out that after making the above comment Jackson followed it up with an exclusive look at what he says is “the White Council planning the attack on Dol Guldur!” The photo in question is none other than himself, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, and Cate Blanchett hamming it up with a bunch of children’s toys!

Does this mean we won’t get to see the White Council attacking Dol Guldur? Certainly not, it just means Peter Jackson isn’t ready to tell us definitively yet, and probably wants to keep it a surprise for the movie(s). We have seen footage of Gandalf walking around Dol Guldur in the trailers, but this is probably when he goes there on a scouting mission for the White Council to determine just what the evil influence is.

The White Council was comprised mainly of the wizards Saruman and Gandalf (and possibly Radagast), and the leaders of the elves Elrond and Galadriel, as well as other wise elves such as Círdan and Glorfindel. As part of the back story to events taking place in The Hobbit, the White Council attacks the Necromancer, whom they now know to be the dark lord Sauron returned, at Dol Guldur, driving him out and back to Mordor.

As to what that message board user had read pertaining to Elrond and Gandalf at Dol Guldur, I did eventually find that the August 2011 edition of Empire Magazine, which sadly I was not able to get,  is where they probably read it.

“The week following Empire’s visit, the director will shoot Gandalf and Elrond scouting the murky dungeons of forest fastness Dol Guldur.” – ‘The Hobbit’ article featured in Empire Magazine August 2011 issue.

Knowing this, it is a good bet that the image of Elrond in the 2013 Hobbit calendar is in fact showing him when he and Gandalf are scouting Dol Guldur. Of course, there is still the possibility he could be at the Battle of the Five Armies. In Peter Jackson’s version of The Hobbit, anything is possible.

Official 2013 Hobbit calendar reveals interesting images

**NOTE: This post has been updated 23 Aug, 2012. See the end of this post for the update.

The Heirs of Durin have posted images from the official The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2013 calendar being produced by Mead.

The 16-month calendar features the hobbit Bilbo and his Dwarf companions along with the wizard Gandalf. Other characters featured from the upcoming film include elves Galadriel, Elrond, and Legolas, as well as our first look at the wizard Radagast the Brown!

Radagast from the official 2013 Hobbit calendarRadagast the Brown is being played by former Doctor Who actor Sylvester McCoy. In the last video production diary uploaded by director Peter Jackson we got to see and hear from McCoy but were not given a glimpse as to what his character Radagast would look like. In this calendar we finally get to see an image of the wizard, though it is still not the best. Radagast is one of the five wizards to be sent to Middle-earth by the Valar and he is the friend of beasts, birds, and living things. He has great knowledge of plants and herbs and it is said that he can create illusions.

Elrond from the official 2013 Hobbit calendarAnother interesting image in the calendar is that of Elrond. The calendar features the wise elf lord in his armor that he wore during the Battle of the Last Alliance briefly shown in The Lord of the Rings films. Does this mean that there is a possibility that Peter Jackson will be using creative license to have Elrond fighting alongside King Thranduil and his Mirkwood elves during the Battle of the Five Armies in The Hobbit? Or is the image just a filler for the calendar? The image used for Legolas in the calendar is one that was used during promotion of The Lord of the Rings, so it’s quite possible that the one used for Elrond is also one from the LOTR trilogy. Sadly, neither King Thranduil nor Tauriel, two Mirkwood elves we’ve yet to see official photos for, are featured in this calendar.

*UPDATE: See the post ‘Elrond at the Battle of the Five Armies?‘ for more analysis on the image of Elrond included in the calendar and what this might mean in The Hobbit.

The calendar also comes with free electronic content that you can install on your computer. An event widget will allow you to set appointments and birthday reminders.  There is also a bonus downloadable wallpaper for your computer featuring the characters from The Hobbit.

bonus wallpaper from Mead Hobbit calendar

You can order your copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey calendar directly from Mead at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Wall Calendar (DDD891) | MEAD

**UPDATE – 23 Aug, 2012: It appears Mead may have made a mistake with having the calendar available so soon. I received an email from them this morning informing me that my order has been canceled. A look at their website shows that the calendar is currently not available for purchase, but can be added to a Wish List. Likewise, Amazon has the calendar available for a pre-order, with a release date of October 3.

Peter Jackson brings Comic-Con to fans in latest Hobbit production video No.8

Monday, July 23, director Peter Jackson uploaded The Hobbit production video #8 to his Facebook page.

This latest video shows fans a bit of what went on behind the scenes at Comic-Con in San Diego and also shows a look at what fans in Hall H at Comic-Con got to see.

We are taken back to the final days of filming principal photography for The Hobbit. Jackson gives us glimpses of different sets that we’ll see in the upcoming films, as well as more cast interviews and behind the scene shenanigans with Martin Freeman as the hobbit Bilbo and his dwarf companions.

For the first time we get to hear from actor Lee Pace who will be playing elven King Thranduil. He tells a little about what it was like to play an elf. During his interview, we also briefly get to see some Mirkwood elves in action during a fight scene.

Another first is seeing actor Sylvester McCoy as wizard Radagast the Brown. We get to see his abode of Rhosgobel (meaning “Brown Fenced Homestead”), and hear McCoy practicing some bird calls.

Rhosgobel, the wizard Radagast the Brown’s house.

Other places we get to see for the first time are the town Dale, which has a Mediterranean style to it, Goblintown, Beorn’s House, and possibly a shot of parts of Thranduil’s Halls.

The town of Dale

Beorn’s House

Possibly the wine cellar in King Thranduil’s Halls?

Actors Sir Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and Cate Blanchett, first seen in The Lord of the Rings trilogy films can be seen once again filming some of their last scenes as Gandalf, Legolas and Galadriel. Still no glimpses of Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, nor Evangeline Lily as elf Tauriel (though she may be the auburn haired elf in the fight scene shown during Lee Pace’s interview).

This is the last video following the principal photography for The Hobbit, but Jackson promises more entries that will give fans a behind the scenes look at Post Production on the films.