Movies New Trailer And Banners For THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG written by Justin Bolger October 1, 2013 The new trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG debuted this morning on NBC’s TODAY show, introduced by Middle Earth veterans Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas). The trailer joins the three banners released yesterday in heralding the imminent arrival of director Peter Jackson’s second installment in the trilogy that serves as backstory to the LORD OF THE RINGS saga. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG will be released on December 13. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Kili (Aidan Turner), Dwali (Graham McTavish), and Fili (Dean O’Gorman) Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) Thranduil (Lee Pace), Elvenking of Mirkwood Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) New Trailer And Banners For THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Justin Bolger Related The HobbitThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Justin Bolger previous post Katniss Takes Aim In The Final Poster For THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE next post THE WALKING DEAD Returns With Prequel Webisode Series THE OATH You may also like IMAX Goes “Behind The Frame” With THE... October 1, 2013 DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES... June 19, 2014 Open Forum: TIME LAPSE May 15, 2015 New TV Spot And Character One Sheets... September 1, 2013 BIRDMAN Soars at Venice Film Festival August 27, 2014 New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Poster March 12, 2014 Open Forum: SAN ANDREAS May 28, 2015 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Makes a First... June 26, 2014 Trailer: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF... December 10, 2015 James Bond: First Image And Video From... February 12, 2015 stock Well, its going to be good, even if it is bloated with loads of Legolas and his love interest? Jackson isn’t making all this stuff up, he’s actually referencing the Appendices of TLOTR along with the Silmarillion, which is where the whole backstory for the dwarves and Thrandruil originate. Legolas wasn’t there, but the friction between Dwarves and Elves is explained in greater detail. The Hobbit alone wouldn’t make 3 two and a half hour movies. This is the only “true” modern myth, gents. Everything else, while some being still quite good in quality, can’t hold a candle to this one man’s complete and utter vision of a mythological world. It was Tolkien that made fantasy and mythology cool, and who made a whole world with a depth and intricacy that hasn’t really been repeated IMO. There are those who have come close. Frank Herbert probably first and foremost. People can argue that. But I just don’t believe comic books, with their ever changing writers and directions, and their soap opera stylistics, can compare to Tolkien as far as a truly modern mythology. Don’t begrudge me that. I still love Batman and Spiderman, and the Hulk, etc. But I need to be challenged as a reader, too. So if you haven’t given the books a shot, I highly recommend it. Moreso than the films, which are great in their own way, but sometimes sacrifice the story for amped up action sequences. Save the Silmarillion for last though. Its rather dense–the Tolkien version of the Bible. Took me a few tries to really enjoy it. The Hobbit is a children’s tale, but its still very fun to read, and it does have more depth than it gets credit for. Just not all the cinematic BS of the new films.