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As we close in on the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – just under six months until December 13th! – it’s about time we learn the details of what’s coming in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, releasing a month earlier in November.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, all decked out in its hobbity splendor, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh dished on what we’ll see in the much anticipated extended edition,

You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell.

You are going to get more of Hobbiton. We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.

You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song. It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.

A number one hit from the Goblin King. Barry Humphries is going to rise up the charts.

We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film, like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide.

There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace). We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…

Judging by the added content that leads directly into Smaug, it sounds to me like this extended edition of An Unexpected Journey is a must buy for those awaiting the sequel with bated breath.

Plus, who wouldn’t be interested in that Goblin King song? I don’t know why they didn’t release it as a single.

For a look at the newly released images from The Desolation of Smaug, straight off the pages of Empire, hit the jump!

Sources: Geek Tyrant, CBM

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