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