The Hobbit goes outside for a bit…

by Malcolm Cook

Here we go back to Middle earth once more many of the favourite characters are back again including Frodo, Bilbo (the young and the old), Saruman, Gladriel, Gandalf, Legolas, and Gollum of course…

There are some notable new ones which are mostly Dwarves called Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori. If my memory serves me well there is a big fight in the Fellowship of the Ring after they hear drumming in the deep and almost forgotten devilry awakens.

When asked do we get to see The Hobbit’s deadly dragon Smaug the actor (Benedict Cumberbatch of the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes fame) said: “I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens in December of 2013.

Stephen Fry describes his role as the Master of Lake-town as “an opportunity for sheer grossness. Peter Jackson had me eating testicles! I’ve got a bald cap and then on top of that a really bad comb-over wig, and this wispy moustache and beard and horrible blotchy skin and disgusting fingernails… generally speaking, a really unappetizing piece of work.”

An Unexpected Journey, the first in Jackson’s trilogy of The Hobbit films, gets its worldwide première in Wellington, New Zealand on November 28. It then opens in cinemas across the UK on December 13.

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