Nothing spells Christmas like Smaug and hobbits. Smaug, the huge and fierce fire-breathing dragon from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, and hobbits, always put me in mind of that most joyous time of the year, Christmas.
What? Did you think Christmas carols and eggnog would do the trick? Not for a bibiophile like me, who grew up surrounded by books, many of which I got for Christmas — including The Hobbit.
And then, there are the movies, the wonderful Lord of the Rings trilogy by director Peter Jackson, and the first installment of The Hobbit trilogy, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
They all are reminders of very pleasant Christmas pasts for myself and millions of other Tolkien fans around the world.
With the release of the first movie trailer for Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.), I can almost smell Christmas in the air. Or, is that perhaps a pine tree forest lit ablaze by Smaug’s potent breath?
The clip that follows spells Christmas, too, or at least, hints of the wintery holiday. The video is action-packed, full of suspenseful, pounding music, spectacular mid-air leaps, hobbits, elves, dwarves, Evangeline Lilly as an elf warrior maiden, and more. Orlando Bloom is back, reprising his role as Legolas.
Oh, yeah — and the wizard Gandalf the Grey is in the clip, also, and we get to see…Smaug.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is about the early adventures of Frodo Baggins’ older cousin Bilbo (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with a band of dwarves to reclaim the gold stolen from their people by the dragon, Smaug.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug takes up where the first flick in the trilogy ended. Bilbo and company had just nearly escaped another run-in with the orcs thanks to a well-timed intervention from the ever-helpful eagles.
Bilbo and company are on their own for awhile, because Gandalf has some crucial matters to take care of before he rejoins the band.
Wizardless now, the group must face dangers like the giant spiders of Mirkwood Forest, and evil elves, on their own.
It isn’t until later in the movie that we get to see Smaug. The enormous dragon was briefly glimpsed in last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Then, we just got to see a glimpse of the dragon’s beady eyeballs and a beady eye – but he appears in full glory with “teeth like swords and claws like spears” to menace Bilbo in the two minute-and-nine-second clip.
Smaug is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). He wore a motion capture suit to menace Freeman, who is his co-star, Dr. Watson, on BBC’s Sherlock.
In order to see the movie in its entirety, we have to wait through approximately six pesky months.
Until then, when you will see, like I do, how Smaug and hobbits spell Christmas, we have tantalizing video trailers to whet our appetites, like the one below.
Written by: Douglas Cobb
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug U.S. Official Trailer #1