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You have come to the house of the Heirs of Durin, foremost of the dwarven clans. Here will you find information pertaining to the dwarves of Durin’s line.
HobbitCon returns to Bonn, Germany – April 19 thru 21, 2014!
Read about ArchedCory’s experience at the last HobbitCon here.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now available for pre-order in several formats from Amazon.com (shipping on April 8th in the US):
-WIRED posted a new video The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Creating a Waterlogged Action Sequence-Design discussing the visual effects used to create the Barrels Out of Bond scene.
-Critics Associated interviews Jed Brophy about his reaction to getting the part of Nori, the input he had on weapons design and character back-story, and *small spoiler* the excitement of charging out into the Battle of Five Armies in the third film.
-The Anglophile Channel interview with Richard Armitage includes some hints about Thorin’s gold-sickness in the third movie (TABA discussion starts about half way through at 5:25).
-Kingfisher posts the fifth in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company, this time delving into the question of what sort of weapon the councilor of the Company prefers in: Balin – Mace or Sword from Ancient Times?
-Interview in the Hollywood Reporter with David Clayton of Weta Digital’s VFX team with more details about the challenges of creating Smaug, integrating Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance with animation.
-In an interview in Metro UK, Adam Brown gives tips for being a successful dwarf, and a few hints about what to expect in the third movie.
-Interview with Joe Letteri in the LATimes talks about the VFX of DOS including the reasoning behind the design of Smaug’s serpentine form. Also included is a video highlighting the creation of effects shots in DOS:
-GeekNation interviewed Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, and Evangeline Lilly about working with two different scales in various scenes and which parts of the Desolation of Smaug were added in pickups.
-Middle-earth News interviewed Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner at the premiere of DOS:
-United Cutlery is asking for feedback on whether or not they should make a limited edition Museum Quality version of Orcrist. Now is the chance to give them your two cents.
-Lonely Planet has produced “A Perfect Day in Middle-earth” for 100% Pure New Zealand featuring Hobbit cast and crew, including Andy Serkis, Aidan Turner and Dean O’ Gorman, describing their perfect day in various New Zealand locations. Click on the Hobbit sign in the interactive map to view cast videos.
-SoundWorks Collection visited Park Road Post Studios in Wellington to talk with the sound team of DOS. Interviews include re-recording mixer Michael Hedges, re-recording mixer Chris Boyes, re-recording mixer Michael Semanick, re-recording mixer Gary Summers, composer Howard Shore, and producer and co-screenplay writer Philippa Boyens.
-The Facebook extension of Heirs of Durin reached 50,000 followers today. If you have not done so already, join Thorin Oakenshield on his journey and meet the members of his Company, including: Fili, Kili, Dwalin, Balin, Oin, Gloin, Ori, and Gandalf the Grey
-ArchedCory provides a translation of a Dean O’Gorman “interview” in Geek magazine.
-Interviews with the Hobbit cast on Effets-speciaux.info, in French, with links to Google Translate versions.
- Richard Armitage (part 1) on Thorin’s emerging faith in Bilbo, the Arkenstone as a symbol of the kingdom of Erebor and Thorin’s clash with Azog in the third movie.
- Richard Armitage (part 2) on performing most stunts himself, the most difficult scene he played in the second movie, and shooting the prologue in Bree.
- Dean O’Gorman (part 1) on auditioning for the role of Fili and Peter Jackson’s vision of the fraternal affection between Fili and Kili, Fili’s absolute loyalty to Thorin, Fili as protective of his rash younger brother, and his changing relationship with Bilbo.
- Dean O’Gorman (part 2) on some of the most complex stunts he performed, working on set with Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, and the physical difficulties of the warg chase scene and the barrels out of bond scene.
- Lee Pace (part 1) on Thranduil’s complex nature and motives and why he refused to help the dwarves of Erebor when Smaug attacked. The first part of this interview has been better translated by the Tumblr site Dwarfracistpartykingthranduil here.
- Lee Pace (part 2) on Thranduil’s differences of opinion with his son Legolas, his relationship with Tauriel, his confrontation with Thorin in his palace, and his battle scenes in the third movie.
-On January 14, the Corn Exchange Auditorium in Berkshire will host a screening of DOS with Adam Brown in attendance. Tickets are still available: Join actor Adam Brown (who stars as Ori in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy) for a Q & A session before the screening of the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Having grown up in Hungerford, Adam was part of the Corn Exchange’s resident theatre company, Plested and Brown, and starred in the Corn Exchange’s annual pantomime for four years. He now returns to answer questions about working on major blockbuster films. Tickets cost just £15 of which £4.25 will be donated to the NSPCC (reg charity no. 216401).
-Kingfisher posts the fourth in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company. Dwalin – Weapons of a Veteran details his axes, warhammer, knuckle-dusters and more.
-Toronto Sun interview with Richard Armitage in which he describes writing hundreds of pages of background material on Thorin, including his relationship with his nephews Fíli and Kíli and his sister Dís.
-Eric Saindon, VFX Supervisor for Weta Digital, tells Art of VFX details about improvements in visual effects for Azog and using work with Azog to create Bolg, animation of the Mirkwood spiders, the design of Dol Guldur, filming and animating the barrel chase sequence, and the challenge of creating Smaug’s vocalization, facial animation, movement and his viscous fire.
-Interview with Richard Armitage for BadTaste.it, discussing Thorin spiraling into the same dragon-sickness his grandfather had, a cut scene from the first movie in which Thorin talks about his birth in a cave and seeing fireflies, and the joy mixed with sadness Thorin experiences when he returns to Erebor.
-WarnerBros has a “For Your Consideration” awards website/ebook with many of the videos mentioned yesterday as well as behind-the-scenes stills and commentary about the film making process.
-Several video clips have appeared on Youku (and have been uploaded to Youtube) highlighting various aspects of making Desolation of Smaug. They feature new behind the scenes footage and interviews with Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, as well as makeup and costume designers, special effects artists, editors, and other cast and crew including Lee Pace.
-Amanda Capley of Middle-earth News helps to crack the riddle of Kili’s Runestone in DOS.
-In the Sag Harbor Express, Lee Pace talks about how immortality shapes Thranduil’s view of battle, whether Thranduil’s character has been misunderstood, and his relationship with his son Legolas. Richard Armitage talks about Thorin’s reaction to breathing the air of Erebor once more, feeling Thorin’s rage when fighting in battle, and playing Thorin in the Battle of Five Armies (spoiler for those who haven’t read the book).
-Kingfisher posts the third in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company. This time it highlights Kili’s Weapons, including bow and sword, and discusses dwarven archery.
-ArchedCory revisits the relationship between Thorin, Kili, and Fili, and how they have changed in The Desolation of Smaug.
-The February 2014 issue of Empire magazine on a few things to expect in the Hobbit: There and Back Again, Dec. 17, 2014.
-Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman tell Total Film which scenes cut from The Desolation of Smaug they would like to see in the extended edition, such as Thráin at the Battle of Moria and in Dol Guldur.
-Made in Hollywood interview with Richard Armitage about Thorin’s changing relationship with Bilbo.
-ArchedCory’s latest essay discusses the Anatomy of Smaug, as seen in the Desolation of Smaug and the Extended Edition of An Unexpected Journey.
-ArchedCory brings us this translation of interviews with Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman from the German magazine Cinema.
-This video from Weta Workshop shows how they created the lifesize giant eagles displayed at Wellington Airport.
-The New York Times has a minute long scene from DOS involving giant spider slaying.
-The LA Times Hero Complex interviews Ian McKellen about Peter Jackson deriving many of the scenes in DOS from the Appendices of Lord of the Rings, the technical difficulties of acting opposite dwarves such as Richard Armitage, or hobbits like Elijah Wood, and having a copy of The Hobbit on him at all times during shooting.
-The LA Times interviews Richard Armitage about finally seeing the dragon, the prologue scene between Gandalf and Thorin, parallels between Thorin, Macbeth, and Henry V, his relationship with Peter Jackson, Thorin’s madness, and how this film has changed his goals as an actor.
-Cirdan of Herr-der-ringe-film.de talks to Peter Jackson about how he adapted the story of the The Hobbit for film in regards the change of narrative point of view and expanding the film to three movies, and what designs are left from Guillermo del Toro.
-Kingfisher posts the second in the series chronicling the weapons of the Company. This time it reveals all (or most) of Fili’s arsenal.
-Interviews with Lee Pace and Richard Armitage in SKIP magazine.
-Playlist interviews Richard Armitage talking in-depth about the changes Thorin goes through in the second and third film, how much film-Thorin deviates from Tolkien’s Thorin (or doesn’t), and how certain scenes involving Thorin’s father Thrain needed to be cut for pacing (and will hopefully find their way back in the extended edition or third film). Big spoilers – save this one for after you watch the film.
-TV Spot featuring “I See Fire” with a few new clips from the film.
-TV spot #? (unlisted) has a lot of new scenes, including what might be Bolg, more bits of Smaug, and armies marching around Dol Guldur.
-TV spot #10 has some brief new scenes, including bits of the dragon.
-Video interview on Aftonbladet TV with Aidan Turner and Dean O’ Gorman from the Berlin Premiere. Spoilers.
-AMC video interviews:
- Richard Armitage about finding the key to developing the character in film two, and reversing the downfall of his line.
- Benedict Cumberbatch on bringing the voice to the character of Smaug. The blending of human and animal. Similarities with the Necromancer.
- Martin Freeman on Bilbo becoming a little darker in the second film.
- Evangeline Lilly about her contribution to the barrel sequence, and how Tauriel will influence Legolas.
- Luke Evans on building up the human behind the legendary archer.
-3News.co.nz interview with Richard Armitage about how Thorin lacks trust due to past experience, about what defines him as a leader, and pushing the physical boundaries of experience while acting.
-Peter Jackson interview on CBSNews.com. “I’ve enjoyed making these as much as I’ve enjoyed doing anything in my life…this movie, the pace and the sort of energy of it, I think, is almost reflecting my kind of increased excitement and enthusiasm and spirit as I go along.”
-Rotten Tomatoes interview with Richard Armitage about the experiences of the barrel scene. Dreaming as Thorin. Peter Jackson’s glee at pouring fish on his stars. A wish to ski down the Lonely Mountain. How Thorin honors the memory of his lost father by taking on the quest.
-Movies Coming Soon video interviews:
- Peter Jackson talks about casting Lee Pace, and Luke Evans, and Benedict Cumberbatch, and the one thing he wanted Smaug to be.
- Benedict Cumberbatch talks about the characteristics of Smaug.
- Evangeline Lilly talks about Tauriel’s skills and what the woodland elves are like, and what Thranduil represents.
- Richard Armitage on Thorin’s history, and facing off against Thranduil’s suspicions. Working with Lee Pace. The experience of the barrels.
- Luke Evans about Bard being a bargeman. The poverty of the Lakemen. On doing the dwarves a favor, and reluctance for the quest.
-Trailer Addict video interviews:
- Stephen Fry on the Master of Laketown being annoyed by heroes and warriors, and people who will disrupt his life.
- Philippa Boyens on the woodelves isolationist mentality. Bard’s character. Why Gandalf goes to Dol Guldur.
-Viso Trailers video interviews
- Orlando Bloom talks about returning as Legolas.
- Ian McKellen on Gandalf leaving the dwarves, why he helps Thorin, the threat of the dragon, and what Gandalf wants to change about Bilbo.
-Video interviews on Today Online:
- Richard Armitage talks about some of the difficulties and experiences shooting, including the barrel sequences.
- Luke Evans talks about working with Peter Jackson. Hardest scenes and favorite scenes. What other character he would play in the Hobbit.
- Evangeline Lilly talks about training for the part, both dialect and stunts. About injuries on set in the last film. About the character and becoming more confident in the inclusion of Tauriel in the film.
- Benedict Cumberbatch talks about mocapping Smaug. His relationship with Martin Freeman.
-We Love Cinema video interview with Stephen Fry on the characteristics of the Master of Laketown, including his political nature, and corrupt features.
-ScreenSlam video interviews:
- Martin Freeman talks about his favorite aspects of Bilbo and working with Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Jackson.
- Martin Freeman on the need to discover Bilbo’s bravery.
- Richard Armitage on imagining Thorin as a bison, the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin, and how it will change in the last film. How Thorin reaches his lowest and highest points in film two. Working with Peter Jackson and how it has changed him.
- Luke Evans on the depth of Bard’s back story. Why Bard helps the dwarves in the beginning. Relationship between Bard and the Master of Laketown. Working with Peter Jackson.
- Evangeline Lilly on the first meeting with Peter Jackson. Differences between Tauriel as a wood elf and other elves we’ve seen. The training required, and working with the cast. How the Silmarillion impacted her role.
-Video interviews with Talking Pictures:
- Richard Armitage on the changes and challenges awaiting his character in DOS.
- Luke Evans on Bard’s ancestry and accepting the role.
- Evangeline Lilly on being a geek fan of Tolkien, Peter Jackson’s chaotic genius, and creating Tauriel’s fighting style.
- Benedict Cumberbatch on vocalizing the Necromancer and Smaug.
- Martin Freeman on Bilbo’s evolving character.
-Clickonline.com interviews Lee Pace and Richard Armitage on the antagonism between their characters.
-Canalplus has a 23 minute behind-the-scenes special (in French) on DOS. Contains new footage from the film with dialog in French. Spoilers.
-Ian McKellen on the Jon Stewart show. Includes clip of Bilbo talking to Gandalf about finding something in the Goblin tunnels. Also talks about Ian’s early life during WWII.
-Access Hollywood interviews:
- Richard Armitage about filming the scene where Thorin and Gandalf meet for the first time. Discusses the changing relationship between Thorin and Bilbo, and the importance of Dol Guldur scenes. Also working with Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch. Spoilers.
- Benedict Cumberbatch about playing Smaug, and what helped prepare him for the role, and who he says he stole his performance from.
- Evangeline Lilly about learning to speak Elvish, and why the production chose to use only CGI arrows. Plus, what it was like working with Peter Jackson.
- Evangeline Lilly about being a strong fan of the original books while playing an invented character. Why she was hesitant to take on the role. Spoilers for the “love triangle” in DOS.
- Luke Evans about his first scene and archery training. Plus, Luke discusses using his Welsh accent, playing opposite James Nesbitt’s daughters, and working with Stephen Fry.
- Ed Sheeran talks about the process of creating the song, “I See Fire.” And how it is from Thorin’s perspective. Plus, Ed chats about meeting the stars of the movie. Another interview with Ed Sheeran about writing “I See Fire”.
-Interviews in the NZ Herald with Lee Pace and Richard Armitage talk about their characters in the next two films, but spoilers are kept to a minimum.
-Today’s post introduces the first part in a series about the weapons of Thorin’s Company, from our new member Kingfisher. First up: Weapons of a King – Thorin Oakenshield.
-Łukasz Kapuściński has created a guitar cover of Misty Mountains Cold and Song of the Lonely Mountain.
-Talented cosplayers Janette Jolman and Jayn Rogers flew to LA for the Desolation of Smaug premiere to hang out in Erebor, and represent the Line of Durin with these incredible costumes of Thror and Thorin, which combine not only a ton of work recreating armor, leatherwork, and jewelry making, but also wigs, beards, and prosthetic noses and ears.
You can view more great images on Jathoris’ page here. Janette made Thorin’s costume, while Thror’s costume is the joint creation of Jayn and Tracy Garner (who is herself a marvelous Bifur!) Someone else was so impressed they stopped in the middle of the Premiere excitement to come over and snap a picture with Janette. A fitting reward for one’s efforts.
-Peter Jackson just uploaded video log #13. Enjoy!:
-You can watch the Google interviews with Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, and Peter Jackson.
-There are 13 minutes of B-roll footage showing many behind-the-scenes shots from various scenes in the movie. Avoid if you don’t want spoilers:
-A new film clip shows Bilbo encouraging the Dwarves to get in barrels in order to escape (one minute 15 seconds):
-A new one minute clip from the film features Thorin’s speech in Laketown and Bard’s misgivings.
-The AU Review has several other HD clips including:
- Tauriel talking to Legolas (one minute)
- Bilbo declaring to Gandalf that he found something in the goblin tunnels (48 seconds)
- Thranduil and Legolas interogating an orc (52 seconds)
-This interview (translated from French) with Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom in the magazine Popcorn gives spoilers about the relationship of Thorin and Legolas in the second and third film.
-Hollywood Blacksmith Tony Swatton recreates Bilbo’s Sting in this video.
-Tonight you can watch the Hobbit Red Carpet Livestream on Youtube. If you missed it you can watch the event below.
-Air New Zealand reveals the dragon Smaug on the side of an airplane. We still do not see the entire dragon, but the head and tail are very clear in this video. Here is a detailed look at the head.
-The Great Rings Part III – The Last of the Seven, is the final essay in the series which explores connections between the Concerns of the White Council, The Rings of Power and the Heirs of Durin, with particular attention paid to the misfortunes of Thorin’s father, Thráin II.
-Wellington International Airport unveiled a new Giant Eagle sculpture today, with more to come tomorrow.
-ArchedCory has gone to the epic effort of translating interviews from the German magazine NAUTILUS for our readers. Included are interviews with Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Jed Brophy, Peter Hambleton, Sylvester McCoy, Stephen Hunter, and Mark Hadlow.
-In the spirit of the Dwarf Training Game from last year, there is a new web-based game on the official Hobbit site. This one is the Barrel Escape. You control a dwarf (so far I’ve gotten Kili) and maneuver him down the river while shooting at orcs.
-Larry D. Curtis provides insight into the character of Bard in Desolation of Smaug, and the personality of Luke Evans in this on-set interview.
-RichardArmitageCentral.co.uk has translated this interview with Richard Armitage from the Korean MaxMovie Magazine.
-Updated the Photo Gallery with over 45 new or improved DOS images.
-TheOneRing.net interviews Richard Armitage on using his Shakespearean roots in The Hobbit, the trouble of finding Thorin again after a year away, and the need to create his own backstory for Thorin’s relationship with his relatives.
-Interview with William Kircher (Bifur) on the dwarf boot camp, learning Khuzdul, and bonding with fellow dwarves.
-WaterTowerMusic has 1 minute clips from all the tracks on the DOS Soundtrack.
-Issue 87 of SciFiNow contains interviews with Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Martin Freeman, and Orlando Bloom. Of particular interest is the evolution of Thorin’s attitudes toward his hired burglar, Thranduil’s cautious, yet dangerous nature, and how we might not have seen the finished dragon design yet, despite getting a few glimpses in the trailers.
-Tickets to the Gala Premiere on December 9th in New Zealand will be available to purchase: “This year, the general public and avid Hobbit fans alike will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at the New Zealand Charity Gala Premiere on December 9 at The Embassy Theatre, Wellington. Actors from the film, including Jed Brophy (Nori), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Mark Hadlow (Dori), John Callen (Oin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin) and William Kircher (Bifur), will also be in attendance.” More information, including price of tickets, and when they will go on sale can be found on Weta’s site here.
-Because the Battle of Moria went by all too fast in the film, I’ve made a gallery of the behind-the-scenes images from the Extended Edition featurette.
-This Latin American trailer gives us more of Bilbo’s initial reaction to the dragon.
-WB releases TV Spot #7 with special focus on Smaug and Bilbo:
-TORn interviews Richard Armitage about how he can be a “purist” but still appreciate Peter Jackson’s deviations from Tolkien.
-ArchedCory has translated a spoiler filled article on Desolation of Smaug from the German magazine CINEMA.
-NewYorkMoves.com interviewed Richard Armitage about politics, weapons, and dwarf cocktails.
-The AU Review has an interview with Dean O’Gorman talking about what it was like being a part of the huge production and press for the trilogy.
-The January issue of SFX features short interviews with Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, and Philippa Boyens.
-Take a tour of Beorn’s house in this clip from Denny’s:
-5 new posters feature images from the Empire magazine covers:
-2 new images of Legolas and Tauriel were released by Entertainment Weekly on Facebook.
-HD Screencaps from the DOS Sneak Peek Trailer are now in this gallery.
-Interview in the Dominion Post about how Ed Sheeran came to record the theme song.
-I’ve posted the (unofficial) lyrics to the “I See Fire” theme song, and track list from the Special Edition soundtrack.
-If all this wasn’t enough for one day, here’s the new theme song from Desolation of Smaug, sung by Ed Sheeran called “I See Fire”.
-The Sydney Morning Herald has interviews conducted in 2012 with several members of the dwarf cast including Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Adam Brown, Graham McTavish, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, and John Callen.
-WB has uploaded the new trailer in HD, so watch it here:
-Peter Jackson released the v-log (#12) shown in the fan event, which you can view below:
-Missed the 1 hr Live DOS Event. Now you can rewatch it here. It contains both a fun v-log and an incredible new trailer at the end! (You’ll have to fast-forward to 13 minutes to get to the event. V-log begins around 20 min. Trailer is after 56 min.)
-New posters from The Hobbit on Facebook feature main characters from the film including Thorin:
-WarnerBrosOnline have several clips in HD from the film and behind-the-scenes extras found on the Extended Edition, including this one revealing Elrond’s concerns about the Quest of Erebor.
-Interviews in F*** Magazine with Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, and Orlando Bloom highlight the conflict between elves and dwarves in DOS.
-Interview with Dean O’Gorman on ripitup.com.au talks about his surprise at getting the role of Fili.
-Interview with Evangeline Lilly in the LA Times shows a new image of Tauriel standing with Thranduil.
-Empire Magazine’s December issue features interviews with Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Peter Jackson, and Ian McKellen. Contains some spoilers for DOS.
-Several new high-res images from the December issue of Empire are now in the Gallery.
-The Simpsons parody The Hobbit!
-DOS TV spot #5 contains no new scenes (as far as I can tell), but there is new dialog between Bilbo and Balin.
-Empire Magazine has revealed their special subscriber’s issue and four collectors covers featuring the new film (click image for full size). A number of scans from the issue are already online here.
-The Official Photo Gallery has been updated recently with images from Desolation of Smaug tie-ins.
-Second in the series of set reports from Desolation of Smaug by journalist Larry D. Curtis features Laketown images and discusses set designs for Mirkwood.
-There will be a fan event on November 4 @ 5 PM ET with Peter Jackson, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, James Nesbitt, Lee Pace and
Luke Evans – Hosted by Anderson Cooper. Live Q & A and exclusive footage shown in participating theaters and live streamed on youtube.com/TheHobbit
For more information visit http://www.thehobbit.com/fanevent/
-Several new images from The Desolation of Smaug are shown in one of the 2014 calendars, including new shots of the dwarves in Laketown, Thorin, Kili, and a close-up of Beorn with Gandalf. Thanks to Ingrid for the heads-up!
-Dark Horizons’ set report includes information about DOS scenes, and gives new insight into the design choices for Dale and Erebor. Graham McTavish talks about camaraderie among the dwarf cast.
-Brief preview clip of behind-the-scenes material from the EE on Bindijuice shows Graham McTavish and Richard Armitage stunt training.
-Forbidden Planet lists several soon to be released items from The Noble Collection, including “Bilbo’s Mirkwood Cell Key“, “The Pipe of Bilbo Baggins“, and letter opener versions of Tauriel’s dagger and Thranduil’s sword.
-The New Zealand Post has just released its line of Desolation of Smaug stamps and coins. You can order them here. It offers a tiny preview of Thorin’s new wardrobe (also here), which appears to be the reverse side of this outfit.
-New elf-laden poster art via a jigsaw puzzle made by Ravensburger. The silhouettes along the bottom appear to feature Azog on a warg, a line of orcs, and Bolg in the lead (if you go by the shape of his mace).
-Peter Jackson describes the nature of the dragon, and talks about scoring DOS in this interview with the New Zealand Herald.
-A trailer for the Hobbit: AUJ Extended Edition debuted on the German WarnerBros Youtube channel. There are brief shots from several new scenes:
-Martin Freeman talks about subconsciously playing Frodo while shooting his first scenes with Gollum, and how to estimate the location of an imaginary dragon. There is a very interesting, and very spoilery mention of Bilbo taking the Arkenstone on page 2.
-Ian McKellen gives us a little TMI on the character of Gandalf the Grey in this Hitfix interview.
-Larry D. Curtis (MrCere on TORn) begins the multi-week process of recounting his days spent on The Hobbit set last year. A journey of epic reporting.
-Luke Evans explains why everyone in Dale will have a Welsh accent, in this interview with Hitfix.
-Interview with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Peter Jackson, and Luke Evans on YahooMoviesUK. Explains how Laketown will be very prominent in DOS, more so than in the book.
-IGN interviewed Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly while on a behind-the-scenes set visit from 2011 which they can finally share. They discuss their characters in DOS. Collider gives more much detailed accounts by Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly from the same press event.
-Hitfix interviewed Richard Armitage about having more fun than a barrel of wet monkeys on the Hobbit set filming the Mirkwood escape sequence.
-Jed Brophy did a Q&A on jaimepaslactu.com. He describes some of the Hobbit actors in one word.
-New banner for DOS was revealed on TheHobbit.com:
-The Extended Edition of the Hobbit: AUJ was shown in-flight on Air New Zealand. Fortysixthhour on Tumblr was kind enough to report on 12 of the new scenes. Avoid if you do not want spoilers.
-The Bridge Direct Wave 2 action figures were released today, but with far fewer new figures than expected (so far only Thranduil). Funko will soon release a DOS line of vinyl figures featuring an invisible Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Legolas, and Azog. You can pre-order them on Amazon with a ship date of Nov. 1st.
-Re-uploaded screencaps from the Desolation of Smaug teaser trailer (Trailer #1 from June) with higher quality images. Examples are here so you can decide if it’s worth a recheck.
-Dean O’Gorman and Adam Brown are scheduled to appear at Alamo City Comic Con in San Antonio, Texas at the end of October.
-An Italian Hobbit fan site discovered the first published image of Beorn in the 2014 Desk Diary. Take a look at it here.
-Added a gallery of HD screencaps from the Desolation of Smaug trailer #2
-Warner Bros Pictures has the new trailer on Youtube in HD, which you can watch below.
-Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom will be on the Today show at 8am on NBC to premiere the new trailer. The trailers can usually be counted on to appear online on the Hobbit Facebook page.
-The official Hobbit Facebook page announced that the next trailer will debut Oct 1 at 6am PT / 9am ET, or 2pm UK time, along with this new banner. Other banners of Thranduil, Gandalf, and Bard have been posted, which have been added near the top of my gallery here.
-After reviewing many theories surrounding the prediction of Durin’s Day I can confidently say…I don’t know when it is. But I may be in good company. Find out what Tolkien had to say about the dwarven New Year in my essay: Confusticate and Bebother these Dates! – The Durin’s Day Dilemma.
-Thanks to Ingrid we have a few images from The Desolation of Smaug Calendar. They have been added to the gallery here.
-Calling all artists: The Lord of the Rings Facebook page (run by HarperCollins publishers) is holding a contest for the best Smaug design. Each entry must be the artist’s own work, and only one entry is allowed per household. From their terms and conditions notice: “The grand prize is a copy of the winner’s illustration mounted on a canvas and a collection of Hobbit books. Ten runners-up will win a deluxe print of their artworks….HarperCollins grand judging panel will select the winners based on the drawings which most fully bring J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions to life.” Closing date on the contest is December 13, 2013.
-“The first day of the dwarves’ New Year is, as all should know, the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter. We still call it Durin’s Day when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together.” – Thorin Oakenshield
The beginning of autumn is tomorrow (for those living in the Northern Hemisphere) which makes it a good time to consider the coming of the Dwarven New Year. Guest contributor Iduna explores the difficulties with Predicting Durin’s Day.
-Captain Salt provides speculation about the upcoming Necromancer/Dol Guldur plot and it wider implications.
-ArchedCory explores the nature and characteristics of Smaug as described in The Hobbit, as well as alterations of these traits which Tolkien made during the writing process in a new essay: The Evolution of Smaug.
-Missed going to DragonCon? Now you can watch the two Hobbit panels, courtesy of Kuailongkit on Youtube. Middle-earth News has them conveniently organized on two pages in order.
-DragonCon Hobbit Panel 1 (with Graham McTavish, William Kircher and Manu Bennett)
-DragonCon Hobbit Panel 2 (with Sylvester McCoy, William Kircher and Graham McTavish)
-Fans of Aidan Turner can look forward to Issue #2 of ARTICLE magazine featuring an in-depth interview with the actor. A Special Edition is only available by ordering online here, but you can find the regular issue in UK stores at the end of September.
Archive of previous news and updates can be found here.