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My Favorite Scene from The Two Towers, not a battle sequence or a fight scene but a speech.. and a beautiful one at that
Played by: Legendary Sir Ian McKellen
Who is he?
Gandalf is never late nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to. He's also one of the Five Istari, Wizards, who were summoned to Middle-Earth in the Early Ages to watch over a peaceful existence between all races. To put it into perspective Gandalf has been around before The First Age was created which makes him thousands upon thousands of years old, and if you remember in The Lord of the Rings he lived a life where "everyday was as long as a life age of the Earth" between Fellowship and The Two Towers. So, HE BE OLD.
He is not of the race of men but a Maiar which is essentially a spirit that takes the form of a human. Each one of the Maiar exist to help "shape" the world in certain areas and Gandalf worked under the King of the Valar, Manwë. It's impossible for me to describe this in nothing more than a small blog so I'll just say that Gandalf studied mostly under human emotions like patience and guidance, which is most likely the reason he is so involved with many different races. He is a free spirited, beautiful soul who finds the good in everything and is well loved by virtually all of Middle-Earth.
What we can expect in The Desolation of Smaug
Gandalf disappears for a crucial portion of the book and is almost nonexistent for a better part of 40% of the text. In the film we will finally be able to see where he went and what he did in that time frame. We know that he leaves the company before they enter Mirkwood as he distinctly tells them NOT TO LEAVE THE GODDAMN PATH. So, what do they do? Theyleavethegoddamnpath.
Now the trailers have fleshed out a great deal of his interaction with Radagast and his discovery of The Necromancer aka Sauron, so we know for certain that he will be at the fortress exploring that character. How much more we will see is entirely up in the air right now and I'm certain that Jackson will bring a ton of ideas from The Silmarillion into his character arc. I believe he will possibly be aided by Beorn when he explores Dol Guldur and we might even see the elven siege on The Necromancer but I can't really say for certain at this point. Gandalf is one of the most crucial characters in all of Middle-Earth and his longstanding focus in The Lord of the Rings is another reason that he will have a massive role in The Hobbit trilogy. He's front and center on the poster and I've heard rumblings on message boards that he might actually go one on one with Azog in the movie, which will be a real treat to see.
In short, Gandalf's story in The Desolation of Smaug is unwritten at this time and while we know what he did at Dol Guldur we don't know how it will play out in the film.. and that's definitely one of my most anticipated aspects of it!
My Lords, Welcome to TOLKIEN WEEK!
Anyway yeah this isn't some kind of crazy in-depth massively organized MFC situation but more of a group marathon of the trilogy. With The Desolation of Smaug (FINALLY!) opening up wide this week (Thursday night at midnight!) I figured it would be fun if the fellow Ringers on the site would wanna jump on board with me for a marathon!
Also if you don't like these movies, well then basically:
.. I kid of course! (kinda)
Since we're all in different time zones it's sort of impossible to pick a specific start time but those on the East Coast of the States can follow along with me:
**These are of course the Extended Editions which are the definitive versions of the films and the only ones I've openly viewed (when not browsing on TV) the past 10 years.
Sunday December 8th, 7pm - The Fellowship of the Ring
Monday December 9th 7pm - The Two Towers
Tuesday December 10th 7pm - The Return of the King
Wednesday December 11th 7pm - An Unexpected Journey
Again, the start times are of course up in the air and you can watch them whenever you want but it would be fun to transform MFC into a Lord of the Rings haven for the week.
So let's party! Enjoy and Almién! (cheers)
Played by: Luke Evans
Who is he?
Ah, AT LAST! We finally get to my favorite character from the book! Bard the Bowman is essentially a mixture of Strider and Robin Hood with a dash of Aragorn's peaceful isolation when it comes to gaining leadership. I would go into great detail about him and who he is but honestly, I think I would just ruin the movie for everyone. He becomes the King of Dale later on in the story and is often seen in Laketown meeting with Stephen Fry's character. In the book he has a son and in the movie he has two daughters on top of that. It'll be interesting to see his family dynamic in the film because we didn't get much of that in Tolkien's original text. I know that Peter Jackson is playing up his character even more so he's going from an important one to a crucial, spotlighted role throughout the second part of the movie.
What we can expect in The Desolation of Smaug
Ugh, again, if I say much of anything I'll be straight up spoiling the biggest part of the entire movie so I'll leave this to your imagination. You can expect a lot of Bard interacting with members of the company and meeting Thorin's plan with great concern and doubt. This will definitely cause friction between the two of them as Bard feels Thorin is being selfish in his desire to awaken the dragon, and he's right. You'll see a different side of Thorin in this movie and Bard will be the one who counteracts that with his character actions. He also has probably the single most bad-ass moment in the series, at least in my opinion, and I CAN'T FUCKING WAIT TO SEE IT.. AND FOR YOU TO SEE IT. AND I'M GONNA STOP NOW BEFORE I SAY TOO MUCH!