The first installment of 's Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, may not have cleaned up at the Oscars or even finished out as one of 2012's best-loved movies. That said, some of us certainly took to the movie-maker's vast, expanded take of 's fantasy novel.
Earlier this week, selected bloggers were treated to an online sneak preview of footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We got a glimpse of the studios where the movies are being hatched, in the company of a playful Jackson and co-host (Nori the Dwarf).
Jackson also managed to troll the entire internet by promising a sneak peak at Smaug the dragon and revealing this image:
A less than desirable first look at 's Smaug then, but instead we're treated to our first look of Tauriel, a character not mentioned in the book and played by Lost's . With all of Jackson's tinkering, I wouldn't be surprised if Gollum turns up again as Smaug's sidekick or perhaps Aragorn and Boromir will inexplicably show up at the Battle of Five Armies.
Check out the video footage over at Movieweb by clicking here.
Has Jackson gone one step too far, or are you excited for his fleshing out of events? Let us know what you think.