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New Trailer For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Find your courage

01 October 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Warner Bros.

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Smaug is here, and he's not best pleased. He's also not in the best possible light, with his particular brand of hot halitosis covering his modesty. But to make up for it, at least you can hear Benedict Cumberbatch's best wyrm tongue in the new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Top tip: get your headphones on and crank up the volume.

It's a well cut trailer with some great "Leggy moments" (as Orlando Bloom calls them) as well as a gas refinery's worth of explosions and tonnes and tonnes of golden coin. Luke Evans' Bard The Bowman also gets his chance to shine - though perhaps not as brightly as the aforementioned gold - and there's even time for a few comic beats in there too, thanks to Bilbo and Gandalf.

There's still no Stephen Fry as the grotesque master of Lake-town, and effectively no Beorn to boot, but that's all well and good - they can't go about revealing everything so early on (though a smidge more Smaug would be nice).

The question is, then, can you do a decent version of Smaug's voice? Failing that, can you even pronounce Smaug properly? Our current in-office attempts to do Cumberbatch's dragony drawl sound like Sherlock doing a Bane impersonation, so perhaps a little more practice is needed.

With the first film's team returning and Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens and that Cumberbatch fellow also in the cast, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is out on December 13.

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I've got this terrible feeling in my head....
If THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG gets the same underwhelming response that the first HOBBIT film did, then most of the people might say "I'm not going to even bother seeing the third one!". Maybe Mr. Peter Jackson should have left THE HOBBIT as a two-film story rather than stretching it into a trilogy. The pacing would have improve and the films could have been so better-reviewed. More

Posted by bb at 18:19 on 07 October 2013 | Report This Post

Speedy geek central
I can't believe the comments here! What a bunch of precious, geeky nonsense. Grow up,, NON of you have an ounce of the understanding, talent or ingenuity it takes to put something like this makes me howl...go play with your Star Wars figures you sad gets More

Posted by tobywan at 22:48 on 04 October 2013 | Report This Post

Just what we needed...
...a elf-love interest subplot in a 9 hour overpadded blockbuster. Fantastic, well done writers. More

Posted by spideed2 at 13:18 on 03 October 2013 | Report This Post

Orlando got CGI facial!
Really, it's even more horrible than Ian, Eliah and Lee in the first shitty episode. They should call this one "Desolation of Orlando's mug" More

Posted by Pelle at 17:59 on 02 October 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Pay attention Empire
I cannot frigging wait. Loving Smaug's voice already. More

Posted by Ref at 18:31 on 01 October 2013 | Report This Post

Pay attention Empire
Beorn ís in this trailer More

Posted by Goatrider at 17:54 on 01 October 2013 | Report This Post

Massive LOTR fan here, really thought the first hobbit was terrible to the point that I don't think I'll even watch this one which is such a big shame, here's hoping they can fix the faults in this one but I'm not holding my breath. Think I'll just watch LOTR again... More

Posted by wolfie_tc at 17:48 on 01 October 2013 | Report This Post

An s went rogue on me. *sounds More

Posted by HulkySmashSmash at 14:44 on 01 October 2013 | Report This Post

I read it and thought it was pronounced Smog. How they're pronouncing it sound hhhhweird. More

Posted by HulkySmashSmash at 14:44 on 01 October 2013 | Report This Post

I've been re-watching from 1.27-1.30. Tell me that's not Beorn bursting out of the undergrowth? Maybe it's a Warg? More

Posted by spacemonkey187 at 14:31 on 01 October 2013 | Report This Post

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