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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer, Did It Meet Expectations? [Video]

Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit

After the release of the first trailer of Peter Jackson’sThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on the internet on Tuesday, much has been discussed. One of the aspects that fans were most looking forward to is what would Smaug the Dragon look like.

If you are a follower of the saga, you will remember that at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we got a tiny little peak at the dragon when Bilbo Baggins and his dwarven friends set on the quest for their long lost home.

The trailer had plenty of action, which some claim the first film did not have, but many do not agree with that perception. As any introduction, Unexpected Journey, had some slower moments while introducing the characters and story line to the audience, but it was also filled with action.

The final scene of the first film sees the dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, played by Richard Armitage put up a spectacular fight for survival against the formidable Orcs. As a matter of fact, they almost loose their leader, but he is saved by the wizard, Gandalf (Ian McKellen).

The Hobbit, unlike The Lord of the Rings, which is its sequel, is only one book, and yes, Peter Jackson has taken some liberties with the story, bringing back characters that lived 60 years after, but that is what movies are for.

It’s not an exact adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel and so many of the characters from Lord of the Rings return to The Hobbit, which is a testament to Jackson’s talent.

The new trailer ended with a nice peek at the Dragon, just the face and no voice, which will be performed by Benedict Cumberbatch. We also saw Orlando Bloom reprising the role of Legolas and Lee Pace as his father Thranduil.

Another much anticipated new character is Bard the Bowman, who is played by Welsh actor Luke Evans and is much more relevant than in the novel. He comes from his recent stint in Fast and Furious 6 in which he plays the antagonist. Quite the change.

Richard Armitage as Thorin

All in all this first trailer was artistically stunning and we can expect more of the natural beauty of New Zealand to be highlighted in the film. It also gave us a good look at the characters that were not in the first movie, well, except Smaug.

As reported by The Inquisitr there are news about Peter Jackson’s video blog. His daughter tweeted that he is getting ready to release a production video in two weeks time. That should take us through at least five minutes of behind the scenes footage, as is Jackson’s custom.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on December 13. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think of Smaug and company.

[Images via The Hobbit Website]

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2 Responses to “‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer, Did It Meet Expectations? [Video]”

  1. Giannis Koutsochristos

    The characters that Jackson used from LOTR is Saruman, Galandriel , Radagast and Legolas and all these lived in that time since they are immortals. Eventhough they aren't in the book there are info about them in other files that Tolkien has written about the middle earth. So Jackson doesn't take everything from his mind.

  2. Thijs van der Veen

    Thank you Giannis. Unless the author of this article was referring to other characters (all though I really wonder which), you are absolutely right. It is true that Peter Jackson has taken some liberties with the story; but he did not take any liberties in "bringing back characters that lived 60 years after", cause they were indeed already alive during the Hobbit-story.

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