Welcome to ThorinOakenshield.net
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.
All efforts are made to keep this site up to date with the latest Hobbit movie news, photos, speculation, and fan-created works, at least as it relates to the dwarves.
Feel free to send questions to the site admin.
HobbitCon returns to Bonn, Germany – April 19 thru 21, 2014!
Read about ArchedCory’s experience at the last HobbitCon here.
Recent News & Updates
-Interview with Richard Armitage on Talking Pictures on the changes and challenges awaiting his character in DOS. Vague spoilers.
-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.
-As a sort of reverse birthday present to all of us, Richard Armitage narrates this advertisement for 100% Middle-earth, 100% Pure New Zealand (in his most compelling Thorin voice).
-Weta Conceptual Designer Paul Tobin talks to TORn about designing the dwarves, and how Tolkien artist John Howe is a true genius.
-A closeup of the cover of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles: Art & Design (available for pre-order now on Amazon.com, with a release this December) appears to show concept art of dwarves making their way through the ruins of Dale and/or Erebor.
-Middle-earth News interviewed Hobbit fan Amanda Capley who gives a positive review of Boston Comic Con and meeting Aidan Turner and Dean O’Gorman, and also explains how The Hobbit film has helped lift her spirits during a very difficult time.
-Andrew Baker, Senior Designer at Weta Workshop, shares how he got started, and what led to working on The Hobbit.
-Peter Jackson gives an interview in DGA Quarterly about the art and responsibilities of being a director.
-The back of a new Hobbit calendar shows images from Desolation of Smaug, including the first image of Beorn chopping wood.
-The Dwarrow Scholar adds more to the discussion of Dwarven Demographics with this essay on Counting Dwarves by extrapolating from what little information is available in Tolkien’s own writings to arrive at the number of dwarves present in the Third Age.
Another fascinating essay by the Dwarrow Scholar attempts to answer these questions about the Death and Resurrection of Durin the Deathless:
“Was Durin II son of Durin the Deathless? If he was, how could Durin the Deathless have been “reborn” in Durin II, if they at one point were both alive? Also, Tolkien says that Durin the Deathless died at the end of the First Age, living longer than any other dwarf. Yet at the same time says that Durin’s line never failed, from father to son. Surely Durin must have seen his children die and grandchildren die, perhaps even many generations. How did he hold his line in check from not claiming the thrown during his reign?“
-I’ve collected all the fan recordings of the Q&A with Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner at Boston Comic Con on one page.
-ArchedCory translates an article about The Desolation of Smaug from the German magazine Cinema. Contains some minor spoilers.
-Amazon.com offers an exclusive gift set of the Extended Edition featuring a statue of Bilbo and Gollum, designed by Gary Hunt of Weta Workshop.
-Dean O’Gorman was interviewed on Boston.com and talks about convention appearances and how The Hobbit is expanding his opportunities.
-The Extended Edition can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com in three formats:
-Details of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition: The length of extra footage has been shaved down from the estimated 20-25 minutes (as mentioned last year by Peter Jackson) to a mere 13 minutes. It still boasts 9 hours of new extras, although some of that time includes an audio commentary. You can spoil one of those extra 13 minutes of footage right now by watching a scene of Bilbo and Elrond talking in Rivendell, available on Yahoo Movies UK.
-Peter Jackson’s live blog from the last day on the set is still in progress…
-Today is the last day of filming The Hobbit pickups. Peter Jackson is doing his best to live blog the day’s shoot on his Facebook page, without giving away any spoilers.
-A brief video greeting from Martin Freeman (in hobbit ears) and Benedict Cumberbatch who tells us everything about Smaug and the Necromancer and Sherlock (or not).
-17 year old Tolkien fan Samm has been fighting cancer since her diagnosis in 2011. The Make-A-Wish foundation was able to arrange for her to visit the set of The Hobbit while they were filming in June. Her experiences meeting Peter Jackson, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, the folks at Weta, and many others in the crew are guaranteed to make you smile.
-ArchedCory’s new essay explores the precarious nature of dwarf survival with a focus on Dwarven Demographics.
-Article in F*** Magazine (seriously, that is the name of the magazine) from last year contains an overview of the story, character guides, and interviews with Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Richard Armitage, and Martin Freeman, among others.
-Screencaps of V-log #11 are now in this gallery.
-Peter Jackson has posted Hobbit V-log #11 to Facebook and Youtube. I’ll have screencaps up later this evening (make that later tomorrow evening).
-Weta Workshop just announced the latest in their line of 1/6 scale statues: Kili the Dwarf is available for Pre-order now!
-It is a month of farewells as actors film their last scenes in the Lord of the Rings universe. First Ian McKellen, and now Orlando Bloom:
-Kili and Fili fans in the Boston area may want to check out Boston Comic Con. Actors Dean O’Gorman and Aidan Turner have been announced as guests for the August 3-4 event.
-DragonCon in Atlanta has Manu Bennett, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, and James Nesbitt listed as confirmed guests for the Aug 30-Sept 2 convention.
-The latest issue of Empire magazine features interviews with Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, and Orlando Bloom, and several spoilers for the second film. There is mention of dwarves in there too, I promise.
-Details of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition are listed in this scan provided by richardarmitagenet.com
-Empire’s August issue features Legolas, Tauriel, and Thranduil.
-Trevor Wheate, member of the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship, explores the character of Bard the Bowman, what it means to shoot a “great yew bow”, and how the Black Arrow is connected to the smiths of Erebor.
-I’ve added a gallery of screencaps from the new trailer.
-Peter Jackson posted a new video showing Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly in costume (check out Thranduil’s armor!) reacting to a video of fan reactions to the new trailer. Silly elves.
-There are several higher quality images from the new trailer courtesy of Collider.com.
-The teaser Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here. Big spoiler – there be dragons!
-From the official Hobbit Facebook page comes this news and poster featuring Bilbo at the Gate of Erebor:
The new teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be unveiled this Tuesday, June 11th, at 10am PST / 1pm EST!
-Stuff.co.nz has a new image of the set of post-Smaug Dale, along with an article on when filming will resume in Wellington.
-EW.com just released the first official photograph of Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, along with some information on her character.
-The entire Hobbit panel at Armageddon Expo 2013 was recorded by GoldDragonflame on YouTube. Adam Brown, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Hunter, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Luke Evans, and Sylvester McCoy were in attendance.
Archive of previous news and updates can be found here.