Two new Desolation of Smaug TV spots!

As fangirlish.com reports, Peter Jackson and co. have released TV spots No. 4 and 5 in anticipation of the second Hobbit movie, set to hit theaters on December 13th. Let’s take a look!

This one features a lot of familiar imagery, with emphasis on themes brought out in Unexpected Journey and several shots shown in previous trailers. One thing that stands out is the bright-colored, overly active effects, which are certain to dazzle those who love the new-age 48 frames-per-second glow, yet frustrate traditionalists who are still clinging to the Lord of the Rings films.

Here’s No. 5:

Here, the emphasis is more on Bilbo and his journey, but there are several moments that ought to excite Hobbit fans considerably. For one thing, it never gets old catching glimpses of the barrels — one of the novel’s most iconic scenes — and the Bilbo-Gandalf dynamic definitely connects well with the successful Gandalf-Frodo tropes in LOTR. My favorite shot? Pause the video at 12 seconds, as the boat travels by water through a quaint, sleepy, almost Scandinavian fishing-looking village. What attention to detail! Often, it’s the set and world creation where Jackson does his best work, and it looks like fans will get plenty of that to chew on.

Less than two months to Desolation of Smaug! Who’s excited?

Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins!

It turns out the two greatest hobbits in the history of Middle Earth happen to share a birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo!

New Poster and Image from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Coming Soon has posted a new poster and image from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug!

The poster is a simple reflect of Bilbo Baggins in the eye of Smaug:

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Meanwhile, the still from the film gets us a look into the action-packed “Barrels out of Bond” chapter from the original book, including the arrow-riddled barrels!

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Fly Air New Zealand, you fools!

If you haven’t seen this airline safety video from Air New Zealand, invoking all kinds of clever Lord of the Rings and Hobbit references, you are in for a treat!

Really, this video has it all, and it’s littered with specific references for LOTR lovers and fans. And most amazingly, it knocks down the two towers of modern air travel:

1. Pick price over airline: This video is so clever, I would actually pay more to fly Air New Zealand.

2. Airline safety videos are boring as sin and always inspire immediate utilization of headphones and loud music: I would absolutely pay attention to this!

The evidence is mounting. LOTR fans need to make that pilgrimage across the oceans to visit the film sites in New Zealand. “It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Evangeline Lilly talks Tauriel

Evangeline Lilly is most famous for playing Kate Austen on LOST, but she is hoping to reinvent herself through the much-talked-about Hobbit character, Tauriel. She sat down with TotalFilm.com and dished about Tauriel and her expectations for the Hobbit’s second feature, The Desolation of Smaug.

Evangeline Lilly is playing an entirely new character (ie. not in the book) in the upcoming Hobbit sequels, so it should come as no surprise to find out that the former Lost actress scores a place on our list.

You can read the full feature inside the issue, but here’s a sneak peek at what Lilly had to say about playing Peter Jackson’s woodland Elf, Tauriel.

“She’s a very, very young elf,” Lilly told us. “She’s only 600 years old, unlike Legolas who’s like, 1,900 years old and Thranduil who’s about 3,000 years old. She doesn’t have quite the wisdom and pose that those two boys do; she’s a little more… gritty. A little more spontaneous, passionate perhaps.”

Read more!

Since Tauriel is a created character NOT in the books, you’d have to think she will be polarizing. Will she capture audiences the way Liv Tyler did in the Lord of the Rings films, or will her character be determined useless and hurt the franchise’s image? There is a lot at stake.

Sauron tries to get ring back

This clever photo comes courtesy of George Takei’s Facebook page. After failing to procure the ring from Gollum and Bilbo, Sauron has turned to more creative measures:

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As you can see, Frodo didn’t fall for that. He’s a Baggins, not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle!

Thanks to Jessica R. for pointing this out to us!

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGWRAITHS Video

This is a little comedic video directed by the Clarkson Twins that sort of explains what the Ringwraiths did as they travel Middle Earth in search of Frodo Baggins and the One Ring.

Have you ever wondered what the Ringwraiths were up to during the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring?…

Despite being known as the second most terrifying creatures on Middle Earth – hardly anything is known about the Ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings… until now.

Join Johnny, Steve, Margaret, Rob and Dave as they deliberate how best to capture the one ring…

via GeekTyrant.

Less than a week to go!

Who is ready for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to be released? I know I am! I know that it has already been released in some countries, but here in America we have to wait until the 14th. Just 6 more days! I have already bought my ticket and I’m going to the midnight premiere with a bunch of friends that are as geeky or even geekier than me. What are you doing in preparation for the (1st) movie of a lifetime?

Hobbit trailer review – Fantasy in Motion

We came across this extremely well-written review of the newest Hobbit trailer, which is really worth the read. Here are James of Fantasy in Motion’s words:

The first thing that strikes me from watching this trailer is how different this trilogy is going to be from The Lord of the Rings. Where LOTR focused on the hopeless, desperate fight against Sauron, this movie looks like it’s centred on adventure, high jinks and mystery. It seems to have a great sense of humour, too; something LOTR also had in a poignant sort of way. Of course, you’d need the movie to have that humour, with a band of dwarves and a hobbit driving events.

Not just any hobbit, mind you. This one’s played by the fantastic Martin Freeman, well loved in the UK for his roles in The Office and Sherlock. This man has a natural talent for bringing warmth and a sense of reality to his characters. His face conveys every emotion known to man and he has a really likable “every man” kind of way about him. He’s going to do this character justice and it looks like he’s managed to still keep Ian Holm’s older Bilbo appearance from LOTR relevant and believable.

Now, onto the internet’s favourite Hobbit-related topic… Gollum returns! But wait, it’s not just the old CGI Gollum as you once knew him! This one’s… the precioussssss.

Read the rest of James’ review here!

Bilbo Baggins, by book-collector

Here’s a deliciously poignant art piece of Bilbo Baggins from book-collector.deviantart, which we felt absolutely compelled to share!

We love how she captures the calm, leisurely way of the Shire, while also giving Bilbo an adventurous eye. He will always be Hobbiton by blood, but he’ll always be between there and back again. Beautiful work!

Spotted on her merrydisposition tumblr.