Check out the 3 banners that showed up today for the upcoming sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie, which opens in theaters December 13, 2013.  The first banner shows Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, along with a few of his band of dwarves, including The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones‘ actor Aidan Turner as Kili, and Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield.



The second banner shows actor Lee Pace, who’s currently filming in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, as the Elven King of Mirkwood (and Legolas’ father), Thranduil.



The third banner features Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, a man of Laketown.  Luke is currently filming Dracula Untold.


A new trailer is scheduled to be released around 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern time tomorrow, October 1st.

Thanks to Page to Premiere for the tip!


Hobbit dwarves all together in a banner, with all the names

We’ve challenged you before to name all the dwarves in The Hobbit, and now — thanks to a new Hobbit banner — we can show them to you.

Here’s a vertical image of it, so you can see all the dwarves up close:

Here’s some hilarious commentary about all the dwarves from

I remain a little mystified by Kili, who looks like he’s wandered straight off the set of Gossip Girl– how can you even maintain that kind of artful stubble when you’re trekking through Middle Earth in search of a dragon? He’ll at least be easy to tell apart from the others, which is more than i can say for Thorin Oakenshield, who is the leader of the pack and clearly has that rugged hero thing going for him, but is also saddled with all the beard and fur that will make him hard to distinguish. Keep reading!

Dwarves! Lots of dwarves!

How do you like this Hobbit poster, featuring a full assemblage of dwarves? Their expressions range from “Wizard of Oz” munchkin silly, to inquisitive, to (in the case of Thorin Oakenshield) ruthlessly determined. There’s something for everyone.

Challege: Can you identify all of them by their dwarf names? Can you name all the actors? Speak friend and enter!

(Shhhh…you can check your answers by looking at the tags below)

Who Else Ships Kili and Tauriel?

You know:  It’s your everyday, run-of-the-mill, forbidden, star-crossed romance. Between an elf and a dwarf. Wait — come again??

Yes, you’re probably thinking that didn’t happen in Tolkien’s version, and you would be right. But as the great people at report, this unlikely love story between Kili and Tauriel is definitely happening.

Though it wasn’t touched on in the Comic-Con panel, an article in Total Film gave away the storyline of a Kili-Tauriel romance. “I guess he knows nothing can ever happen,” Aidan Turner, who plays Kili, said. “She’s about 20ft tall and he’s only two!”

As we sit around the Middle-earth News water-cooler, it’s obvious that there are widely differing opinions on the inclusion of Tauriel and the emphasis on romance in The Hobbit. Here to weigh in are the Middle-earth News reporters, themselves!

Rifflo – I think that having a “romance” in The Hobbit is a very good thing.

Now before I am strung up by the burly manly men or the people who may think that a female character cannot be a positive and strong presence just because of a romance…hear me out.

First, thinking like a fan or story lover. This expands on the story and gives a break in the darkness and lightens the scene. Not only that, a romance in a good way to see a characters personality deeper. I mean, we all act differently with our own “romances” then we do with our friends – ie: added story. After all, we are human. We have feelings. We love.

I remember my wife dragging me to see The Notebook, kicking and screaming, but I have to say….what a great movie! *fears “Man Card” will be taken away*

Is this an absolutely horrible idea? In some circumstances, we’d be terrified about how this would destroy canon, but when left to the trusty hands of Peter Jackson and his cohorts, we’re willing to give this the benefit of the doubt.

And as for how they could consummate this relationship? How was Hagrid born? Remember Tyrion and Shae on Game of Thrones? Size DOES NOT matter…when dwarves and giants are involved!

Also: What should this ship be called? Kiriel? Tauli? Something tells us their respective elf and dwarf communities will be a little uneasy about this.

VIDEO: The Hobbit – Production Video #6


The first production video of 2012! Peter Jackson first starts off talking about shooting in… Lake Town! But unfortunately, he won’t show you that, which is just as well, because you don’t want to be spoiled with too much of the 2nd movie anyway.

This video mainly consists of all the location shooting throughout all of New Zealand, including Piopio, Central Otago, Queenstown, Te Anau, Twizel, and Nelson. So, if you’re wondering if New Zealand is truly that beautiful as they’ve shown in LOTR, then you’ll be able to see how real it is in this video. I’ve been there myself, so I definitely know it’s beautiful.

Plus, you get to see some of the cast: William Kirchner (Bifur), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Adam Brown (Ori), Jed Brophy (Nori), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), and Stephen Hunter (Bombur).

Andy Serkis, who’s work goes beyond that of Gollum, explains part of his job as 2nd Unit Director.

One interesting note: On day 127, they are exactly halfway through shooting (both films together).