‘Hobbit’ exclusive clip: Gandalf warns Saruman of a powerful evil

Dec. 06, 2012 | 11:47 a.m.

The theatrical release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is only a week away, but for those Peter Jackson fans who can’t stand the wait, here’s a Hero Complex exclusive sneak peek at a scene from the film.

The clip, which runs 1 minute and 11 seconds, foreshadows the events of “The Lord of the Rings,” set 60 years after “The Hobbit,” and features Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Christopher Lee as Saruman sitting in council in the Elven city of Rivendell.

Against a gorgeous backdrop of a waterfall at sunset, the scene reveals Gandalf’s motivation in helping Thorin Oakenshield and his company of dwarfs reclaim their home kingdom from the dragon Smaug.

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“Smaug owes allegiance to no one, but if he should side with the enemy, the dragon could be used to terrible effect,” Gandalf tells the skeptical council.

“What enemy? Gandalf, the enemy is defeated,” Saruman tells the gray wizard. “Sauron is vanquished. He can never regain his full strength.”

Fans of “The Lord of the Rings” will see the folly of Saruman’s reasoning and the wisdom in Gandalf’s caution.

“There is something at work beyond the evil of Smaug, something far more powerful,” Gandalf warns the others. “We can remain blind, but it will not be ignoring us, that I can promise you.”

The first installment in Peter Jackson’s trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” opens Dec. 14.

— Noelene Clark


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23 Responses to ‘Hobbit’ exclusive clip: Gandalf warns Saruman of a powerful evil

  1. trev says:

    What has that got to do with 'THE HOBBIT'. I mean i don't mind expansion on ideas. But really. In Fellowship of the Ring Gandalf had to research what was going on with the ring as if it was a forgotten piece of history. Here he is clearly on the case. Feels wrong. Also this is not what the story of the hobbit is about. Nat at all. It gives it a deeper underscore that is not present. Also i don't like the whole… What is smaug fights for the enemy thing. A total conflict of the in the ideas of the book. Dragons are only interested in their own agenda. Clearly stated in the hobbit.

  2. Andrew says:

    Also, "Fellowship of the Ring" is 60 YEARS after "The Hobbit." Even Gandalf might have forgotten a detail or two about a concern from that long ago….

  3. Steve says:

    There is a lot of it in The Quest of Erebor, I think that is either in The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales.

  4. Sarah says:

    While none of this was expressly talked about in the Hobbit, and while I am distressed at the idea of the Hobbit, a lighthearted and short adventure story, being drawn out into an epic trilogy, I am actually looking forward to seeing PJ's take on what Gandalf was doing while he was mysteriously absent from the dwarves, From watching this scene, it encourages me that he actually did do his homework on Tolkien's other writings when planning the movie and I think it will be amazing to see that part of the story brought to life. It certainly appears that, as many of you have mentioned, that he is only referring to the possibility of Sauron's return, not anything related to the Ring found by Bilbo. And even if it doesn't follow the book religiously, more time in Middle Earth can never be a bad thing! at least in my opinion.

  5. Paulinstony says:

    You miss the point trev. In The Hobbit Gandalf is researching the re emergence of Sauron and not the Ring. The ring is not part of his thoughts at that time. Sauron has re emerged after a very long time dormant and Gandalf begins to realise this. The LOTR is 60 years later when it has now been accepted that Sauron has risen again, but the next stage in that – ie now hes arisen he is starting to look for his old ring. So yes it is a completely sensible progression.

  6. derek says:

    does anyone wanna cuppa?

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