Just released from the Hobbit Fan Event, this three-minute sneak peek consists of many bits of new footage that will have your inner hobbit squealing in delight! (I should know!) Featuring glimpses of Boern, Bard the Bowman, Azog, Smaug and many others, this fantastic compilation reminds us of how close we are the premiere! (38 days!) A link to the Youtube channel is here. Now bask in the glow of this sneak peek of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, coming to theaters in America on December 13, 2013.
We showed you 3 awesome banners yesterday for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Now check out two more. The first is of our favorite wizard, Gandalf the Grey, played by the amazing Sir Ian McKellen.
This second poster shows the familiar face of Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, fighting alongside the female elf specifically created for the film, Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly.
Don’t forget to check out the newest Hobbit trailer, that hints somewhat of a stirring of feelings between the two.
BrotherhoodWorkshop has taken the amazing teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and come up with a fantastic LEGO version! I didn’t this trailer could be anymore amazing, but they had to come along to prove me wrong. Go check out their Youtube channel! Now sit back and bask in the wonderful LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Teaser Trailer!
Today has marked the end of an era. Our Gandalf (Ian Mekellen) finished his last scene on the Hobbit set today. It was obviously a very emotional time for the cast and crew working on this trilogy, Especially Peter Jackson, who, soon after finishing Gandalf’s final shot, posted this picture and its caption on Facebook.
“Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf. The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I’m feeling very sad right now.”
“Adam Brown, who plays the Dwarf Ori added on Twitter”:
Ah yes, Ian McKellen really is a legend. From the moment in 1999 he first took the role as Gandalf, there was never any doubt in his ability to portray one of the most powerful beings in Middle-Earth. We love you, Ian! Now matter how many movies you star in, you will forever be Gandalf!
Original article @ Moviepilot.com
This was just begging to be shared!!!! So cute!!!! I sadly could not find the creator of this amazing work, but you can find this picture and many more on the page “Gandalf, Why you no let me pass?” Go and like them on Facebook!!!!! Now enjoy the cuteness!!
We’re so very close to the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters! In the meantime, Geek Tyrant has discovered a brilliant 8-minute video that cuts together all the trailers from the film in chronological order to create the longest running preview yet!
There has been uproar from some people about the hinted Gandalf-Galadriel romance in the Hobbit trailers and pictures. Is this a case of a studio looking to cash in on the sentimental crowd (a la, playing up the Aragorn-Arwen dynamic in LOTR), or could a legitimate case be found for it in Tolkien’s writings?
Well, the user Arvedui makes a spectacular case FOR it in a middleearthecenter.com forum, an argument so intelligent and sound, we simply had to reproduce it for you below. These are Arvedui’s arguments on the forum, not ours:
With the official release of the Hobbit trailer to the public last month, the Tolkien community was revived and revitalized almost overnight. Did your eyes light up when the familiar melody of Concerning Hobbits started? Did your jaw drop when the main theme kicked in about mid-trailer? *Mountains spinnin’ round the dwarves Horses spinnin’ round the dwarves*… Chances are you’ve come across this post just as excited for the movie as I am- drooling for more, but at the same time confused and even a little disappointed at the particular “scene of interest.”
When I first watched the trailer I was also confused. After some thinking -granted Im probably the largest LOTR fanboy and within 100 miles- I realized the trailer was still epic and that nothing Peter did was out of line. Today I venture to say the Galadriel-Gandalf scene is perfectly justified. Jackson had [at least I think] more in mind than appealing to a specific demographic.
Brace yourself, Im about the throw a bunch of Elvish words at you.
Gandalf, as we all know, is a wizard belonging to the Order of Istari, a group that also includes Saruman, Radagast, and the Blue Wizards Allatar and Pallando whom we don’t really hear about. What’s important about this fact is that the Istari were maiar. Many people like to call the maiar “demi-gods.” Others like to think of them as angels. In either case, they are defined by J.R.R. Tolkien as “Holy Spirits” that took part in the creation of the world. That’s right, Gandalf took part in the creation of Middle-Earth. He’s tremendously awesome and powerful. The five maiar were sent by the Valar (Greater Holy Spirits) to aid the men of Middle-Earth in the coming fight against Sauron. They arrived in Middle-Earth in the form of old men early in the Third Age, about 2,000 years before the Hobbit Epic begins.
Why am I telling you all this? In case you haven’t realized it yet, this not only means Gandalf was an extremely old soul- tens of thousands of years old at the least, but it also means he had an opportunity to inhabit the land known as Valinor (Essentially Heaven on Earth.) It was entirely accessible to normal living individuals for most of time, but forbidden to all but the elves. Galadriel lived in Valinor for about 1,400 years, meaning she had 1,400 years to mix and mingle with the various celebrities of the land, including the future wizards and even the infamous Melkor (Sauron’s master.)
There is no reason to believe that Gandalf (known back then as Olorin) did not meet Galadriel, or that they did not develop a acquaintanceship, friendship, or even semi-romantic relationship- she wouldn’t meet Celeborn for more than a millennium. What I underlined in the text above is incredibly important. Gandalf actually ages very slowly. He’s in the form of an old man not because of his actual age, but because that was the form he and the other Istari took up in order to appear more wise and trustworthy to the men of Middle-Earth.
He probably took on a form something along these lines for most of his worldly life:
When Gandalf arrived in Middle Earth much much later, Tolkien indicates that Galadriel trusted him more than the other Istari. She thought he should be head of the order over Saruman. For a reason beyond sheer instinct? The proposition seems plausible.
When we see Galadriel in the LOTR she’s about 7,000 years young. She is also extremely wise and powerful, perhaps on a level close to -if not on par with- Gandalf’s. (After all the Istari are forbidden from exercising their full power and will.) Gandalf and Galadriel are both members of the White Council, they’ve known each other virtually forever, and Gandalf is actually a lot sexier than wise-old-man form. Perhaps we should reconsider our opinion of Peter?. Sometimes he knows what he’s doing
Wow … what an amazing case. Consider us sold! What do you think?
USA Today has a striking new collection of Hobbit photos that ought to leave every Tolkien fan salivating. And we’ll get to see the whole film in less than three months…so exciting!
Here are a few of them:
Bilbo Baggins at Bag End
The dwarves in Bag End
Thorin Oakenshield leads the pack.
Gandalf in the Shire.
See the full collection here!