As the second of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy of films– “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (THDofS) (announcement graphic right from TORN)–is set to have its World Premiere in Los Angeles today (December 2, 2013) at 6:30pm LA time (that’s 9:30pm NYC time), I am giddy with anticipation. Here are three live stream links: TheHobbitMovie and TORN and Warner Bros. Pictures Channel on You Tube (I‘m only guessing on this one) for the Red Carpet for the Premiere. Sir Ian McKellen (who portrays Gandalf the Grey) appears in the announcement graphic at right.
Update, Dec. 2, 2013, 6:01pm CST–TORN Shared the Warner Bros. Pictures live stream link to the THDofS LA Premiere Red Carpet (link shared by TORN):
Update, Dec. 2, 2013 1:10pm CST: RANet shared two viewing links:
1) Hobbit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=599984170037192&set=a.291674244201521.63650.160617097307237&type=1
2) Middle Earth News: http://middleearthnews.com/2013/12/01/watch-the-world-premiere-of-the-hobbit-live-on-middle-earth-news/
FYI. I can’t tell if the 6:30pm LA time is the start of the Red Carpet, or the start of the film for premiere goes–which would mean that the Red Carpet would probably start sometime between 4 to 5pm LA time.
And I will post pictures, vids, and such of the Red Carpet for the world premiere as they become available–both my and others caps–in Part Two of this post on Tuesday.
But, we have to keep ourselves occupied somehow until the THDofS World Premiere tonight–I will be at work most of the day Monday and I will miss the feverish press junketing that will no doubt occur as the actors and filmmakers appear on morning tv shows and such. So what follows are a few links to peruse and to enjoy until the Red Carpet for the Premiere airs.
Personally, I can’t wait to see Thorin Oakenshield (portrayed by British actor Richard Armitage; poster right ) and the Dwarves of Durin continue their quest to reclaim their homeland and heritage in the mountain of Erebor. THDofS will be released in the U.S. on Dec. 13th. Other THDofS worldwide release dates are found here.
Richard Armitage so masterfully transformed himself from a proper English gentleman, into the fierce warrior Thorin Oakenshield. And by the looks of THAUJ film, THDofS trailers–as well as his earlier body of work–Mr. Armitage is an accomplished storyteller who immerses himself so completely in his roles that you only see Thorin Oakenshield, and not the man behind the mask–or in his case $1.6 millions worth of forehead, nose, and wig prosthetics. And yet, Thorin’s face and physicality look completely natural, Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield is organically authentic amongst the other elements of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
Nota Bene: For those who don’t like potential plot or character spoilers, then don’t read what follows:
Of course, events in the THDofS story (and the 3rd film in 2014) will unfold toward the goal of reclaiming the mountain and their birthright for Thorin Oakenshield and company about as smoothly and peacefully as Black Friday Holiday Sales at your favorite electronics store in the U.S. (and I’m from the U.S.)–if the THDofS Sneek Peek video is to be any reflection of what Sir Peter Jackson has in store for film audiences:
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Sneak Peek [HD]”, video by Warner Bros. Pictures
For a thorough and well organized essay about the potential plot of THDofs, visit The One Ring Net’s THDofS plot suppositions here. The key question being, how might the 2nd (THDofS) and 3rd films split? TORN (www.TheOneRing.Net) is a fabulous resource for all things Hobbit films and Tolkien oeuvre related.
Dwarves of Durin! Got your map? Got your key? (Thorin and Dwarves image right) Get ready to find that Arkenstone. Or not? Here is an excerpt from The Hobbit book–about the Arkenstone from Thorin’s hypnotically poetic point of view (p. 212, Mariner Books, 2012):
“…But fairest of all was the great white gem, which the dwarves had found beneath the roots of the Mountain, the Heart of the Mountain, the Arkenstone of Thrain.
“The Arkenstone! The Arkenstone!” murmured Thorin in the dark, half dreaming with his chin upon his knees. “It was like a globe with a thousand facets; it shone like silver in the firelight , like water in the sun, like snow under the stars, like rain upon the Moon!”
I also very much like the Wiki site the Tolkien Gateway (http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Main_Page) for information about characters (such as Smaug and others), plots, timelines, Runes, the Khuzdul Dwarven Language and words, etc. Such as, the House of Durin are called the sigin-tarag–look it up. My inner mini Dwarven Geek Goddess is shining through. Ha!
And happily, the THDoS scenes in the banner (below) are too general to contain any real spoilers” for how Sir Peter Jackson’s THDofS film might play out:
And oh yeah, I love the addition of some fresh estrogen into Middle Earth with the new character of the Elven Guard Tauriel portrayed by Evangeline Lilly (poster right). Let’s face it, the Dwarves, Elves, and Men had to spring from somewhere–and it wasn’t out of Thranduil’s head (an allusion to Greek mythology ). So women were necessary in Middle Earth.
But apart from actually reading The Hobbit–check! (however, I haven’t read Tolkien’s The Silmarillion or the Unfinished Tales that Sir Peter Jackson and his writing team used to infuse a more developed view of Dwarven history and culture, etc., into The Hobbit trilogy of films)–it is also helpful to acquaint ourselves with some of the interviews of the cast and filmmakers and such–as background, in order to fully appreciate the THDofS film we are about to experience from the perspective of what they are trying to create. They succeeded amazingly in the first film, IMHO. I am no Tolkien scholar, but the epic tragedian scale of The Hobbit films do appeal to my English Literature Minor from college heart.
www.RichardArmitageNet.com is a great unofficial Richard Armitage (who portrays Thorin Oakenshield) resource site and has most of the THDofS news and interview links–too numerous to hyperlink here. One THDofS interview link for example, is the December 2013 Empire magazine issue features THDoS (and image right).
Another interesting essay read pertaining to new or expanded THDofS characters–with an interview of Richard Armitage and Luke Evans (who portrays Bard the Bowman)–as translated by Archedcory1, is found at the Heirs of Durin site at ThorinOakenshield.net here.
And since the dragon Smaug and a whole conspiracy of Mirkwood Elves and Laketown Men will come into more prominent protagonist/antagonist positions in THDofS, perhaps we should heed Bilbo’s (portrayed in the trilogy of films by Martin Freeman; poster right) advice when talking to himself in The Hobbit book (p. 209, Mariner Books, 2012):
““Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!” he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying o f his later, and passed into proverb. “You aren’t nearly through this adventure yet.” he added, and that was pretty true as well.””
Good advice about dragons. And no, indeed! The adventure is not quite yet half begun!
P.S. TORN asked fans to suggest questions they might ask THDofS cast and filmmakers on the Red carpet. Here was my question submission:
Mr. Armitage, What question do you wish interviewers would ask you about your film, but they haven’t. Then please answer that question for us. Thanks and Cheers! Grati ;->
P.S. I almost forgot. Fans JUST GIVING Back charity suggestion to honor Richard Armitage in his role of Thorin Oakeshield in THDofS:
Oh and if you feel so inclined, I updated my Just Giving graphic this year for fans who might wish to donate in Richard Armitage’s honor. I have the graphic and the link near the top of my blog sidebar.
Though I did not create this RA giving campaign last year, I am promoting it again this year–and with the new graphic I created. Other bloggers are welcome to use my graphic (200×209) for sidebar size). This new “Fans Just Giving Back” graphic replaces the Hobbit Gift Bomb graphic from last year that I has also created. This is purely grassroots. We’re not trying to hit a financial target, just trying to remind fans of a donation option in a fun way. Thanks!
Here is that Just Giving link:
If you are a blogger and are using the Fans JUST Giving Back graphic and link, please let me know so I can do a thank you listing.