As of now we’re about four months away from the December 13th release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, part two of Peter Jackson‘s latest trilogy set in Middle Earth. With the date nearing it’s only a matter of time before we’re up to our ears in dwarves, wizards, and hobbitses. Oh! And one giant dragon.

Setting the tone for the promotional surge to come are these two images discovered by TheOneRing.net, who point out that judging by their highly stylized look we’ll likely see these images on, “toy packaging, calendars, Facebook photos, desktop backgrounds, [and] board games.” Basically, anywhere you look in the coming months will have something Hobbit plastered on it.

For an early look at The Desolation of Smaug‘s marketing blitz imagery, hit the jump.


The Hobbit, it’s got a lot of dwarves. They’ve made sure to remind you with the above poster literally bursting with them. The trailers have run through their names in an effort to help you keep ’em all straight. There’s Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori. Oh, and Thorin Oakenshield, the most impressive of dwarves because he gets two names. All in all, it’s almost impossible to remember them all and tell ’em apart.

Until now. Thank you LOTR Project for creating this handy cheat sheet. Feel free to print one off and take it to the theatre with you.

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Y’know, I don’t believe I’ll really appreciate just how many dwarves  are in The Hobbit until I see it, but this poster gives a good idea. I mean, 13 dwarves crammed on to one poster (click it to embiggen)! That’s a party, and I remember thinking nine dudes in the Fellowship was a lot. As we lurch towards the premiere of the first Hobbit flick, An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, we’re slowing learning more and more tidbits, here’s a few more.

A few weeks ago we teased what could have been our first glimpse of The Hobbit’s Goblin King, and it appears that leaked image was legit. Here’s the Goblin King toy courtesy of TheOneRing.net,



Peter Jackson‘s production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released a slue of character stills and we’re happy to bring them to you. There are more characters than you can shake a stick at in this movie so I imagine that next year’s convention trivia contests will have you name each of the dwarfs.

Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori.

Try saying that five times fast . . . standing on one foot . . . patting your head . . . and spinning in place. I find that it helps if you say the names to the tune of Three Blind Mice . . .
Fili, Kili, Oin.
Gloin, Thorin, Dwalin.
That’s makes six, only seven to go.
Balin, Bifur, Bofur, and old Bombur.
That’s four down, only three to go.
Dori, Nori, Ori.

After the gallery there is a semi spoiler-ish wrap around picture that some have said would spoil the cutoff of the first film’s ending. If you’ve read the books then there’s not much of anything that could spoil the plot, but just in case you don’t want to know . . . don’t look.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters on December 14th, 2012.


Yup. It’s pretty much just as the title says. This new still from The Hobbit accompanied the interview Evangeline Lilly gave a few days back, but it features Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his new dwarven chums. Oh, and two plates of meat. Uh, yum?

The first part of The HobbitAn Unexpected Journey releases on December 14th this year. Until then, we’ve got thrilling images like this and that damn wonderful trailer to keep us busy. How far away is December 14th? Over 45 weeks?! Oh god…sooo long.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Source: Geek Tyrant