Yesterday The Hobbit 2 trailer finally broke free and swarmed all over the internet. As an avid reader of The Hobbit, I was certainly curious to see what had in store for the middle installment of his Hobbit Trilogy. So far The Hobbit has been a mix of original lore-based moments, for example the cave troll scene, and new and unexpected additions, such as Azog The Defiler. Does The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continue this tradition? Well, watch the trailer again below and then head down to check out my observations:
Tensions Are Rising
Any fan of Middle-Earth lore will know that Elves and Dwarves have a pretty rocky relationship. For centuries the two races have had an uneasy and often turbulent cordon sanitaire between their homelands. However, Thorin's journey takes him straight through the center of Mirkwood, the home of the Elves led by Thranduil. The trailer opens with the Elvenking (played by ) giving Thorin a dressing down, and as you can tell from Thorin's expression, he doesn't like it one bit. It looks like the friction between the two fantastical races could become a central plot point for The Hobbit 2. I don't know about you guys, but I'm always pro-Dwarf. Mostly due to their awesome facial hair.
Do A Barrel Roll!
The scenes in Mirkwood are some of the most iconic in The Hobbit. The trailer gives us several glimpses of the gang avoiding the giant spiders that plague the wood, but most prominent is the scene in which Thorin's company escape down a river in barrels. Now, I can imagine it might jar with some hardcore Lord of the Rings fans who preferred the original movie trilogy's more adult tone. Having said that, the moment is one of the most memorable chapters in the original book and not to lovingly recreate it would have been sacrilege. For better or worse, Jackson seems to have souped up the original scene with some added sword fighting and chasing Elves.
Sword Swinging Galore
Talking about fighting, the trailer wasn't wanting for action scenes. With a few exceptions, the trailer was basically a quick-fire montage of elves firing arrows, goblins jumping around and Dwarves swinging blades. Now much of the exposition is out of the way, here's hoping The Hobbit 2 can dedicate more screentime to some great battle scenes. There certainly seemed to be more clashes than was present in the original book, and of course, Azog The Defiler has made a terrifying return.
Meeting the New Characters
As well as the aforementioned Thranduil, the trailer also provided some quick glances of other incoming characters. We saw Evangeline Lilly as the conscientious elf Tauriel, and as Lake-Town's premiere bow-slinger, Bard. We also caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a giant bear attacking the Dwarves. Was this Beorn? In the book Beorn is a giant man who can transform into an even giant-er bear. Officially, he is an ally of the Dwarves, but he is also known to anger quickly and be distrustful of outsiders. Does this blink-and-you'll-miss it moment hint that Thorin and Co will incur Beorn's wrath when they first meet?
Smaug The Money-Hungry Dragon
Although technically a 'new character', I think Smaug at least deserves his own paragraph. I was quite surprised to actually get a good look at the titular antagonist in The Hobbit 2 trailer. Jackson had kept his appearance hidden throughout An Unexpected Journey, and I thought he might be maintaining the shroud of secrecy until closer to the Desolation of Smaug's release. Luckily, I was proven wrong and we got to see Smaug in all his red-scaled glory. What was immediately noticeable is that Jackson's Smaug has a surprisingly emotive face for a giant lizard. Of course this makes sense considering Smaug can talk and was motion captured by Benedict Cumberbatch. Hopefully, later trailers will show even more of the dragon within the Lonely Mountain.
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