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The cast from The Hobbit have certainly done the rounds when it comes to interviews. Usually they're blasted with the same old questions, and we get he same old answers in reply. "Yes, it was great to work with Peter," "Yes, is an amazing actor," "Yes, The Desolation of Smaug will be even better." However, today is different my Middle-Earth loving friends. In a recent interview with The Vine, arrived to answer some more deep seated questions.

For example, Armitage was asked about the losses that will occur during The Hobbit trilogy. He replied:

Yes in the book there are losses; they sustain huge losses. You know Tolkien wrote these books based on his experiences of World War I, and he lost a lot of his friends in those wars. I think taking time to really understand his characters in Bag End was really important. . . . But I think we've become quite impatient in the cinema. Gone are the days when you'd sit through 3 ½ hours of Gone With the Wind, and it's a shame because it's the director's prerogative to tell the story that he wants to tell. But I found myself engaged from beginning to end; I find all of the characters fascinating.

He then went on to explain how he got into Thorin's mindset upon arriving at a desolated Erebor:

Years ago I had visited the memorial museum in Hiroshima and I'd seen what happened, and I had a book, and I took it to New Zealand with me. And, I don't know, just looking at pictures and getting ideas, because it's all about sensation: just remembering what that fear was, because we were going to go shoot it. So you just have little flashes: I remember seeing a melted bicycle, and I remember thinking, "Oh yeah, the melted bicycle. A child sat on that bike." So this is what happened at Erebor: there were women and children there that just got annihilated. I wanted to feel the fear for them.

Interesting stuff, I'm sure you'd agree. You'll be able to see Armitage in action as Thorin once The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives in theaters on December 13th.

In the meantime, why don't you tell me about your favorite upcoming scenes from the remaining chapters of The Hobbit trilogy? Let me know what they are below.


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