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     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gave us only the briefest glimpse of Sauron – as The Necromancer –  motion-captured by Smaug actor Benedict Cumberbatch.  Hopefully Part II, The Desolation of Smaug, will show us more.

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Lily Wight

     Updated 04/12/2014   

     Peter Jackson has a penchant for British thespians and BBC drama serials so signing top toff totty Benedict Cumberbatch to provide voice and motion for The Hobbit’s dragon Smaug was hardly a surprise.

     More intriguing is Cumberbatch confessing to his role as “The Necromancer”, who – as Rings fans know – is non-other than Big Bad Sauron himself.

     Jackson originally intended to reveal Sauron’s face – as Annatar, his Elvish-guise – during a dual with Aragorn towards the end of The Return Of The King.  The footage was considered too confusing and distracting and only made it as far as the DVD extras (you can watch it below).

     Now, with a distinctly Elvish-looking actor properly cast and the last film in The Hobbit trilogy leading Gandalf towards a…

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     So here it is, our first look at the next installment of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth multiplex pleaser.

     Despite the portentous dialogue snippets it seems much lighter than The Two Towers – a fellow sufferer of middle movie syndrome – and more action-oriented than it’s predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

     When The Hobbit was first mooted Jackson declined the director’s chair, fearing perhaps that his confidence and experience would lead him to “do a George Lucas” and start tinkering self-indulgently and retconning his screen creation to its detriment.

     Alterations and additions are always necessary when adapting a story from one medium to the next but they are only truly successful if they integrate seamlessly with the original author’s vision:  we have a trailer that looks more like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit than Tolkien’s.

     If Jackson wants to make an Elf movie wouldn’t he be better adapting The Silmarillion?  Poor old Bilbo scarcely gets a look-in as we are treated to tree-running Timotei models who skid into shot with the enthusiasm of sugar-dosed kids on polished floors.  Back in his Rings days Jackson wisely cut leaked scenes of “Action Arwen” kicking Orc at Helm’s Deep after incurring the wrath of Tolkien fans.  Now it is hoped those same fans will accept original invention, Tauriel – a red-haired female Wood Elf who has achieved warrior status decades before poor Éowyn has to sneak off to Minas Tirith in drag.

     The biggest surprise is the full close-up reveal of Smaug’s head.  Despite the opportunity to allow the art department’s imagination to run riot the trailer delivers a very conventional-looking dragon – unless he’s hiding a serpentine body or a clockwork limb.  This may be a way to get the critique over and done with so, by December, audiences can relax and enjoy the flying, fire-breathing and vocal stylings of Benedict Cumberbatch.

     We revealed here some months ago that Cumberbatch had been cast as  Sauron The Necromancer (link to the article below) yet, whichever evil nasty he is portraying New Line seem desperate to keep Cumberbatch’s contributions under wraps.

     It’s nice to catch a glimpse of Luke Evans although such a pivotal character might have warranted a bigger fanfare and what about “sexy” Dwarf Kili – and all the other supporting Dwarves for that matter.  We need a longer trailer, but share your thoughts on this one while we wait…

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Sauron – Click to read.

Annatar ~ The Many Faces Of Sauron – Click to read.

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     The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gave us only the briefest glimpse of Sauron – as The Necromancer –  motion-captured by Smaug actor Benedict Cumberbatch.  Hopefully Part II, The Desolation of Smaug, will show us more.

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     It was during Middle-earth month that The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana chose to drop the bombshell that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Sauron – as well as his well-publicised role of Smaug – in The Hobbit Trilogy.    https://lilywight.com/2012/11/21/benedict-cumberbatch-is-sauron/

     I can now reveal The Hobbit’s new-look Legolas – a fantastic mini-spoiler in action-figure form!

     Orlando Bloom will be reprising the role that made him an overnight sensation alongside Lee Pace as Legolas’ father – King Tranduil Of Mirkwood.

     The costume has a regal military look, more structured and formal than the travelling clothes seen in The Lord Of The Rings.  The organic, Japanese-inspired styling is reminiscent of the armour worn by the Elves during The Last Alliance of The Second Age, the battle featured in the prologue to The Fellowship Of The Ring.

     Another surprise is the invention of flame-haired Elf Maiden Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) a character created by Peter Jackson and his writing team.  Tauriel is rumoured to enjoy a romantic spark with Aidan Turner’s Kili!

     Why not just buy the action figures and make-up your own movie 😉

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