Richard Armitage on Transforming into Thorin Oakenshield

Richard Armitage recently talked to Collider about his work on The Hobbit trilogy!

You can click the photo to view the interview, but here’s a quick roundup of questions answered from the source:

  • Is he enjoying being anonymous even when standing next to a Hobbit poster with Thorin on it. Also talks about transforming his physical appearance to play the character
  • Talks about his reaction to seeing the film for the first time
  • What’s been the biggest surprise making The Hobbit trilogy
  • Is he looking forward to the additional photography for the 3rd Hobbit movie next year. Talks about how it takes 10 weeks to grow back the beard
  • Which does he like filming more: the big action scenes or the intimate character moments

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

Stills from the new Hobbit trailer

Here are some dazzling stills from the new Hobbit trailer, courtesy of Huffington Post. Go to Huffington Post to see the fill slideshow.

As you can see…Gollum’s so anxious to look, so you should too! Click on “Continue Reading” to check out more pictures of breathtaking scenery and exhilarating adventure.

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New Hobbit photos from USA Today

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!

Thorin Ready for Battle

And now for a nice picture of Thorin Oakenshield looking ready for battle!

Thorin is played by Richard Armitage.

The Hobbit Official Production Video 8

The cool thing about this video is I was one of the 6500 people that got to see The Hobbit panel at Comic-Con this year.  I’m glad you get to see what we saw and you get to feel the excitement of it all.

The Hobbit Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

It doesn’t look like any of the fans who recorded The Hobbit panel at San Diego Comic-Con were able to get up close to the action (though they were very lucky just to get in!) However, there’s still some solid video from the panel thanks to MagicTheNumbers!

Entertainment Weekly’s Report on The Hobbit Panel

We’re still waiting for video of Comic-Con’s panel for The Hobbit to pop up on the Internet, but in the meantime, check out this lovely, detailed report of the footage shown from Entertainment Weekly!

Sir Ian McKellen Comic Con 2012 The Hobbit Panel Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP

Scene 1: Gandalf and the 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), debate whether Bilbo should be allowed to join their quest to reclaim their treasure from Smaug, since it’s not clear if he is clever and sneaky enough to help them break into his secret lair. Eventually, Gandalf stands firm, and Bilbo reads over the “standard” contract to join their quest, which includes clauses noting that “laceration, evisceration, [and] incineration” are possible fates for him. Bilbo faints.Scene 2: Bilbo meets Gollum (Andy Serkis), looking (slightly) younger than he did in The Lord of the Rings but still very much gripped by his Smeagol/Gollum split personality — they debate whether to eat Bilbo, or play word games with him. Bilbo realizes his best chance of escaping the goblin tunnels alive is to play along with Gollum, so he proposes a game of riddles. If he wins, Gollum helps him out. If he loses, says Gollum, “we eats it whole.”

Scene 3: Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) asks Gandalf why he brought “the halfling” on this most unexpected journey, prompting one of Gandalf’s soul-stirring speeches about how it’s “the small deeds by ordinary folk” that best hold evil at bay. It ends with what I perceived as quite a tender moment between Galadriel and Gandalf, hinting at an unspoken ache in Gandalf’s heart for the attentions of this celestial being standing before him.

Scene 4: We see Bilbo pick up the fateful One Ring, and then cut to a later scene where Bilbo almost confesses to Gandalf about the new item he’s picked up on his way. “I found something in the goblin tunnels,” says Bilbo.

“What did you find?” says Gandalf, clearly concerned.

“My courage.”