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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Trailer Breakdown
We dissect our first proper look at Bilbo’s second outing

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Smaug Speaks

Smaug

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness cast mates joke that he has the voice of a god. Certainly here he has the voice of a dragon down pat; they’ve clearly fiddled about and added some rumble in the lower registers, but that’s recognisable his super-smooth tones providing Smaug’s shiny menace. “Well, thief, where are you?” he asks Bilbo. “Come now, don’t be shy. Step into the light.” Both this and that outrageous flattery of Smaug that the trailer opens with are taken close to verbatim from the book; the pair have a strange sort of banter as Smaug tries to figure out where Bilbo is and Bilbo tries carefully to ensure that he does nothing of the sort. What we can make out here shows that Smaug is red, as is proper, but we can't help wishing that he would "step into the light" instead of asking it of Bilbo.

You might think that, had Smaug caught Bilbo here and succeeded in flaming him thoroughly enough to damage the Ring, that the rest of the Lord of the Rings adventure would never have happened. But Gandalf reckons that even Smaug’s fire wouldn’t have been hot enough, so let’s assume it all worked out for the best.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is out on December 13.

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1 Thorin: addressing Thranduil or Bard?
On page 3 Thorin says "...we have come to reclaim our homeland" and he clearly isn't in Thranduil's palace who can't be replying as you say in the article...check out the 'snow' and the guards behind Thorin as they are identical to those in the scene on page 7 where Bard is speaking. This would suggest the conversation takes place in Laketown. More

Posted by ForeignCorrespondent on Thursday October 10, 2013, 14:07

2 Ring Vision
I don't think Bilbo's wearing the Ring in that opening shot at Erebor. If he is, where are the ghostly/misty distortions that usually go along with it? My thoughts are that Bilbo's simply walking around at that point (perhaps even with the dwarves, as Thorin is later shown to also be inside Erebor with him), and hasn't stumbled upon Smaug yet. More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 13:40

3 Quick Correction
On page 9 you said that Gandalf investigated Dol Guldur in the first movie when in fact it was Radagast. In the book however, it WAS Gandalf More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday October 3, 2013, 02:27

4 Can't wait!
Roll on December says I! I couldn't give a hoots that the book has been stretched out over three movies, it just means more Middle Earth to enjoy! More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday October 3, 2013, 02:18

5 My fundamental problem
with these films is that whereas with LOTR Jackson was reducing a bloated book down to a workable story and (dare I say it) improving on the source material, the opposite's happening with the Hobbit. The book has enough plot for one film but it's being stretched and mutated into three, so regardless of how good a job everyone involved puts in it just can't be as good. But honestly I don't mind, no one else makes films like this and it's just indescribably wonderful to visit Middle-Earth again More

Posted by bleugh07 on Thursday October 3, 2013, 00:39

6 I'll be the geek and say it
Sauron was defeated by Isildur etc 3000 years before the events of FOTR, so he is still very much incorporeal during The Hobbit More

Posted by Klamath on Wednesday October 2, 2013, 23:53

7 Cumberbatch Voice
I wouldn't assume that it wasn't just him and the microphone. When he voiced the Angel Islington, which was equally unusual (though different), director Dirk Maggs said it was done without enhancement. (I believe it was Mr. Maggs who said that) More

Posted by TrinaLovesInfo on Wednesday October 2, 2013, 10:35

8 RE: Why Helen why?
Gazme, or you could watch the trailer direct in our news story... More

Posted by Helen OHara on Wednesday October 2, 2013, 07:32

9 @PACEBROWS
Wonder how long it will take for Thranduil's eyebrows to get a Twitter page. More

Posted by HulkySmashSmash on Wednesday October 2, 2013, 00:33

10 Why Helen why?
Having to click through 13 pages of spoilers before getting to see the trailer...its just cruel ms so called o'hara :) More

Posted by Gazme on Tuesday October 1, 2013, 23:35


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