‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: 60 images from Middle-earth

Dec. 10, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo, from left, Jed Brophy as Nori and Richard Armitage as Thorin in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (James Fisher / Warner Bros.)

Richard Armitage as Thorin, left, and Dean O'Gorman as Fili in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Graham McTavish as Dwalin, left, Ken Stott as Balin, Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage as Thorin and William Kircher as Bifur in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

William Kircher as Bifur, left, John Callen as Oin, Richard Armitage as Thorin and Ken Stott as Balin in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-town, left, and Ryan Gage as Alfrid in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Peggy Nesbitt as Sigrid, Mary Nesbitt as Tilda and John Bell as Bain in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Azog, portrayed by Manu Bennett through motion-capture technology, in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Lee Pace as Thranduil in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Ian McKellen as Gandalf in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Orlando Bloom as Legolas in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Lee Pace as Thranduil in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Luke Evans as Bard in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in a poster for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Warner Bros.)

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” barrels into theaters Friday, but for fans who can’t wait to return to Middle-earth, here’s a sneak peek at the movie.

“Desolation” is the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film picks up where “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” left off, after Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the company of dwarfs barely escape from a band of bloodthirsty orcs. The orcs are still in pursuit in the second film, but the travelers must also face enormous spiders, the dangerous Mirkwood elves and, of course, the eponymous dragon, Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).

The images released so far provide peeks at the forest realm of the Mirkwood elves, the gloomy waters of Esgaroth (also known as Lake-town) and the treasures of Erebor, the dwarf kingdom usurped by the greedy dragon.

The stills also offer a look at several new characters, including Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman and Evangeline Lilly’s elf warrior Tauriel. Orlando Bloom, who played Legolas in Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” films, revisits the role in “Desolation of Smaug,” in which viewers get to know the character’s father, elf king Thranduil (Lee Pace).

Like its predecessor, “The Desolation of Smaug” was shot in 3-D at 48 frames per second and will be released in 2-D, high frame rate 3-D, other 3-D formats and IMAX.

The third and final film in the trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” is slated for a December 2014 release.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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7 Responses to ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: 60 images from Middle-earth

  1. ming on mongo says:

    The elfen archer-woman Tauriel is Jackson's invention and never appeared in any of Tolkien's work. She's pretty obviously a knockoff of Katniss, the popular heroine in the Hunger Games, and it's a sure sign that Jackson has finally "jumped the shark" (or simply gone commercial, as the case may be).

    • Putin Herrear says:

      yeah because adding in a much-needed female presence is "going commercial" and because the ELF uses a bow, damn knockoff of katniss, cuz, you know, legolas was just a ripoff of green arrow…

      • liam eriksson says:

        yeah beacuse green arrow came before the whole lotr or an unexpected journey..stupid comment sorry to say

      • Bhaga says:

        Did the Green Arrow story,, whatever it is, exist before Tolkien's books and his Elves, among whom the Wood-Elves Legolas is from, all being excellent archers?

      • Bhaga says:

        I agree with what you say, which I think puts things in the true perspective, quite simply.

  2. hclin says:

    The Hobbit was first published in 1937 and the Green Arrow was introduced in 1941

  3. mcbeetle says:

    Movies are different from books. A lot becomes easier to understand when you get that far. A film has to have a certain pace, character development, and an appeal to the lowest common denominator. Books have WAY more room to ignore those kinds of things.

    That said, the changes in these films have made it feel much more epic than Tolkien's children's tale, and I'm okay with that. The introduction of Tauriel was fine, for the same reasons Arwen and Eowyn were given bigger roles in the LotR films: appeal to the female audience, and/or the lonely horny nerds.

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