Monday, August 20, 2012

Smaug 1st Appearance Hint?

One of the things that is interesting about writing about something like The Hobbit films compared to Transformers or Star Trek is the characters, plot and events are known. Technically there can't be any spoilers because all you have to do is pick up the books or hit up a wiki link to find out for yourself what happened. As a result the question for fans is more about the execution. How will favorite moments be portrayed on film? What changes will be made? What will be added and cut? Things like that. It reminds you that the journey a story take is just as important as knowing the specific “spoiler” details. The details don’t matter without the journey and the journey doesn’t matter without the details.

With the announcement of a third film, one of the new questions is exactly where will Peter Jackson choose to break up the films and introduce Smaug the Dragon played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In a recent interview he provided his own theory on how The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may end that actually makes a lot of sense.
I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.
If true it almost means that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug would be a fitting title for the second film as it would likely focus on events from Laketown to the final fight with Smaug. Almost wish they would just go with The Hobbit (for part one), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (for part two) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (for part three). I guess we will find out in a little less than four months.


  1. Interesting. I have no idea where the second film end & third begins, but I think the first will end when Gandalf leaves the party just before they enter Mirkwood. I'm glad Benedict is doing the voice for Smaug, though. Oh and I think you might have written "capetown" rather than "Laketown"

  2. I'm hoping the second is just as before, the end of the Hobbit story. I'm hoping the third draws on the appendices, which they have legal rights for, and we instead get something like the story of the Witch King and the Northern Kingdom of Arnor. We'll have to wait and see. Maybe Warner Bros will milk it, do Hobbit in 3 movies, then give us something with the appendices in another trilogy...