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Preview: The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug

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The second part of the Hobbit trilogy rolls over the hill this weekend


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was met with mostly positive reviews, but it was still some way off the dizzying heights Lord of the Rings trilogy. Much was expected of it, but 11 Oscars for The Return of the King would always be hard to match.

Where the Lord of the Rings kept faithful to the books (while skipping out the unnecessary or boring), An Unexpected Journey added in a lot which never took place in Tolkien’s novel. While interesting, some fans of the book questioned why they had been put in.

However, the first instalment of the trilogy was an enjoyable romp of adventurers seeking gold beyond their wildest dreams, and the legendary arkenstone, so that Thorin (son of Thrain, son of Thror) can reclaim his throne as king under the mountain.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug picks up where An Unexpected Journey left off. The party of 13 dwarves, Bilbo the hobbit, and Gandalf their wizard guide, have just escaped a furry/fiery end, as the giant eagles lift them to safety.

This second film promises the house of Beorn (the shape-shifter who can assume the appearance of a bear), the giant spiders of Mirkwood, the elves of Mirkwood (including Evangeline Lilly of Lost fame, and Orlando Bloom’s reappearance as Legolas), barrel riding in Laketown, until they reach their final destination: the Lonely Mountain.

It will be interesting to see how this film concludes, as Bilbo’s meeting with the great dragon Smaug is very nearly the climax of the book. So we’ll see how much room Peter Jackson has left himself for the conclusion of the trilogy – The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens at cinemas across the region from Friday 13th December