Anyone who is a Tolkien fan is bound to be looking forward to the second film in the The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is bound to be a holiday must see as it said to be just as amazing as the first film in the series. The film is set to hit theaters internationally on December, 11th 2013. Since June fans have tuned in to various fan sites and Youtube to watch trailer after trailer in anticipation of seeing the adventures of a wizened wizard leading Bilbo Baggins and a group of awkward dwarves on their fantastic journey to save the Shire from Smaug, the fearful dragon.
The story continues on as the entourage maintain their journey East to Mirkwood, home to the Wood-elves. The group inevitably get attacked by large spiders and captured by the elves. Bilbo aids in their escape before the travel on towards the Lonely Mountain where they find a hidden door into the mountain where Bilbo encounters Smaug, the dragon.
Peter Jackson, co-writer of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series, returns to produce and direct the second installment of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. As has been tradition in the amazing Tolkien films they are filmed in the beautiful landscape of New Zealand, as well as on closed sets to include stunning CGI special effects. Returning in this sequel is the actor Martin Freeman portraying the main character Bilbo Baggins, a hesitant hobbit that Gandalf deemed the entourages “burglar” and leader. No Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit flick is complete without Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, the wizard who set forth the adventures of one hobbit. Orlando Bloom, a long time Lord of the Rings movie veteran will be back on the big screen as Legolas, the Elvin Prince of Mirkwood. New to the cast is the Lost star Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, a Mirwood Wood-elf. Scoring for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was composed by Howard Stone and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Music fans can also enjoy the voice of Ed Sheeran during the end credits as the song “I See Fire” plays, a song he wrote and recorded specifically for the film. Those who do not want to wait for the end of the movie the song is available for purchase today on iTunes.
Hype for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is widespread across the internet as fan and official websites are releasing videos featuring blogs and forums, exclusive extra film footage, and the films celebrities in live interviews. The anticipation for the film is universal as young and old gear up for its release in time for the holidays. Whether or not you are an avid Tolkien follower or just someone who enjoys the high action adventure flicks of Middle Earth, many will agree The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is bound to be a must see. I know I will be there with my family and a giant bucket of buttered popcorn, sitting on the edge of seat as the theater finally goes dark and the adventure continues.
By Teidi Bishop