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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Trailer: Beware of the Dragon

Originally posted 10/01/2013 11:30AM



The Lord of the Rings series and the first Hobbit movie had plenty of bad guys. But none, perhaps, compare to the monstrous dragon Smaug – the fire-breathing beast of whom we finally get a glimpse in this trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and the thirteen Dwarves might well be popcorn after their encounter with the oversized lizard in the second installment of the Hobbit trilogy – a prequel series that takes place 60 years before Lord of the Rings.

First, though, they must reach the dragon's lair at Lonely Mountain – not an easy feat, as it means potentially lethal encounters with a host of adversaries, including the skin-changer Beorn, a swarm of giant spiders in the Mirkwood Forest and the dangerous Woodland Elves.

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Credit: Warner Bros.
Review: The Hobbit Is a Grand Adventure – That Takes Too Long

The Hobbit Is a Great Adventure That Takes Too Long to Arrive

Originally posted 12/14/2012 10:00AM

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The elegance of The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien's rousing tale of Bilbo Baggins helping a passel of dwarves reclaim their mountain home is that the epic spans just a few hundred pages.

Moviegoers, on the other hand, could have first breakfast, second breakfast and elevenses in the nearly three hours it takes director Peter Jackson to deliver the first third of this trilogy in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. (Part 2 is slated for next year.)

It helps that the cast is so engaging, particularly Martin Freeman as Bilbo, a kind, fussy sort torn between the comforts of his divinely cozy hobbit hole and the promise of adventure.

And what adventure it is!

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Credit: Courtesy Weta Workshop
Gollum Has a New Role: Official Airport Greeter (VIDEO)

Tolkien's Gollum Has a New Role: Official Airport Greeter

Originally posted 10/29/2012 12:00PM

Headed Down Under? Don't be frightened.

Wellington Airport, in New Zealand, has a new official greeter: Gollum, the misunderstood monster from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings novels and Peter Jackson's movie adaptations.

His arrival comes just ahead of Oscar-winner Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens next month. Like Jackson's Rings movies, it too was shot in New Zealand.

"Wellington Airport feels like the home of Gollum after spending so many months here during the last three films," Sir Richard Taylor, of the Weta Workshop – which manufactured and installed Gollum from Japanese fine arts sculptor Masayuki Ohashi's design – tells Wellington's Dominion Post.

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