Gandalf Confronts Goblin King in HOBBIT Photo

If you haven’t gone to see the movie yet, please do so as soon as possible!  You’ll get to see things like the picture above!  The Goblin King as his “finest,” if you can call it that.

Today we start the day off with a new photo from An Unexpected Journey featuring Gandalf (Ian McKellen) confronting the Goblin King (Barry Humphries).

via GeekTyrant.

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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 CinemaBlend.com:

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)

The Goblin King is kind of gross

There really is no other way to spin it: The Goblin King is NOT a good-looking creature. That doesn’t mean you should judge him, of course. Remember Shrek? It’s the inside that counts…

Except when you’re dealing with action figures. You can be superficial, then, and you can root for Thorin Oakenshield to smite his ruin upon the mountainside.

Source: TheOneRing.Net

TheMarySue.com makes the case for Tauriel, and has action figure photos

There’s been some outcry among hardcore fans that the Peter Jackson-created character, Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lilly), is an ill-intentioned plea to woo the romance crowd. We’ve been fans of the move at HobbitFandom.net, and so is TheMarySue.com:

There are some folks out there incensed that Peter Jackson has added a character to The Hobbit, a sentiment I almost entirely lack sympathy for. In another case, I might understand, but unlike The Lord of the Rings, with its four women (three of whom appear in one scene each), The Hobbit has exactly zero named female characters. Jackson’s inclusion of material from the LotR appendixes have already brought Galadriel into a story in which she otherwise does not appear, and that’s about as far as he’s likely to get with canonical characters, since Liv Tyler hasn’t been hired on. So those of you who, like me, welcome the addition of Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, kickass commander of Mirkwood military forices, will be interested to see what her character looks like, as revealed by some action figures.

They also have shots of the new Tauriel action figures:

See all photos here!

When do Hobbit tickets go on sale? November 7!

As TheOneRing.Net reports, tickets for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey go on sale in the U.S. on Wednesday, November 7 at Noon EST. That’s 9:00 a.m. in California. Here’s what your movie ticket might look like if you go to a midnight show!

Who’s excited??

TheOneRing.Net’s comprehensive trailer review

This is as good as it gets for trailer reviews. TheOneRing.Net, which has always been the best LOTR/Hobbit resource for fans on the web, does a complete breakdown, scene by scene, over NINE pages. We highly recommend you check it out!

Here’s an excerpt:

The following screen caps and commentary are not confirmed and only speculation by the staff at TheOneRing.net. We plan on providing additional updates and insights as staff chime in – so keep this page bookmarked!

And a special note: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! And Click the images to see larger versions

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Gandalf: Far to the East, over ranges and rivers…

Elessar: Another beautiful look at what New Zealand has to offer.

Calisuri: One of the days, we all need to get our butts to Middle-earth…err…New Zealand. Simply breathtaking.

JW: You can tell in this trailer that they’re making it known that New Zealand is back as Middle-earth, an important selling point, as New Zealand was as much a cast member as any of the people in The Lord of the Rings films, and people will come back to see more of it as MIddle-earth in the Hobbit films. Just imagine how different things would be if those plans to move production away from New Zealand would have happened! We’re so fortunate everything worked out for this project to be done the right way.

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Rumour grows of a shadow in the east, whispers of a nameless fear. In Dol Guldur, an ancient evil lurks?

Elessar: Dol Guldur look as creepy from a distance as I could have imagined it would look.

Calisuri: Wow – what an amazingly well conceived view of Dol Guldur. Very similar to Weathertop, but much cooler!

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Calisuri: Pretty sure we could not get through a trailer without some kind of ‘running’ across a landscape shot.

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Entmaiden: very reminiscent of the moment between Frodo and Gandalf in Fellowship. Nice shot to bring the audience back into Middle-earth. Of course, some of us never left :)

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Thror’s Map of the Lonely Mountain is revealed.

Entmaiden: the Map! So excited. I saw the display at Comic Con at the WETA booth, and it is indeed awesome.

Calisuri: I’m expecting a lot of stockings to be stuffed with map replicas this holiday season! Now if they can get the Moon Letters to work, they’ll make an additional billion dollars!

JW: I was so excited eleven years ago to see this map in The Lord of the Rings – especially to have Gandalf look at it with such interest. Glad to see it in the trailer, and it will be fun to see it in use in The Hobbit films.

Keep reading here!