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And the 5th White Tree Awards is coming…

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Here we are, once again in our festive time, celebrating the last 100 posts from Quenya101! Check out below the best of the best and pick your favorite for People’s Choice Awards!

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You never know how strong you are… in Quenya

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You never know how strong you are…

NEW sentence translated into Quenya!

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Learn now all details here or you can search about it and much more!

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You never know how strong you are… is the 600th sentence translated into Quenya…

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Quenya101 New elvish year’s Lembas XII

elvish treeA new year has begun recently according to the Reckoning of Imladris (i.e. elvish calendar). We’re on XIV 143 the second to last year of this yén! Wow! Not sure of what that means? Take a seat, have a nice read here while you enjoy the very last updates from Quenya101 down below:

 

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New names

Brandi

Kari

Hale

Ren

Lee

Leanne

Abdullah

Noah

New famous quotes

 

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Gandalf @ An Unexpected Journey “…that keep the darkness at bay…small acts of kindness, and love.”

Rush – The Garden “The measure of life is a measure of love and respect,…”

Rush – The Garden “…so hard to earn so easily burned.”

Bilbo Baggins @ The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins @ The Hobbit

Solomon, Agur or Lemuel @ Proverbs 28:1 (King James Version)

Rush – The Garden “In the fullness of time, a garden to nurture and protect.”

Luwin @ A Clash Of Kings

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Lord Of The Rings “With beating hearts and heads held up high.”

New sentences

Always in my heart.

Big dark love.

Love is a verb, fearless on my breath.

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

Life is a beautiful lie but death is a painful truth.

You are strong.

Bass clarinet.

OMNIA MEA MECVM PORTO.

Karma is a bitch.

Vána, queen of flowers, our garden behold.

I have stood for thousands of years and have not faltered; the day I met you, my legs shook.

Faith.

How we remember changes how we have lived. Time run both ways.

We make stories of our lives.

My heart is like a moon. It also has a dark side.

You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.

Only God can judge me.

 

Nuevas frases

Solo un momento de valor, solo una llama de calor triunfar caer.

New elvish dates

June, 13th, 2005

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Quenya101 Glamorous Lembas XI

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Glitter Lembas! Now you’ll never want to eat regular sloppy Lembas wherein there’s no glitter, no glamour, no shiny sprites coming out at the toilet…

Errr…..well, nevermind that… let’s cut to the chase and check the most recent hall of glamorous updates from Quenya101:

 

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New names

Amber

Ludmila

Luciana

Yannis

Yannis

Gerard

Ælfsige

Gerard (son of) Richard

Derrick

Reid

Claudio

Rodrigo

Jackson

Richard

New famous quotes

Legolas @ The Lord of the Rings

Aragorn @ The Return of the King

Katholische Academische Verbindung Lovania Leuven’s motto

Led Zeppelin – Ramble On “But Gollum, and the evil one, crept up and slipped away with her.”

Gandalf @ An Unexpected Journey

Thorin Oakenshield @ The Hobbit “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,…”

Thorin Oakenshield @ The Hobbit “…it would be a merrier world.”

Aibileen Clark @ The Help

Bilbo Baggins @ The Hobbit

New sentences

As the eagles fly.

Our future begins now.

Stone

A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.

Live fast, time won’t last.

Blackness

Bee

Nuevas frases

Bajo el cielo, está un hombre sobre las olas del tormento…

Su más grande fuerza, su más grande flaqueza.

New elvish dates

August, 25th, 2014

January, 3rd, 2011

December, 29th, 1981

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Quenya101 Chubby Lembas X

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So much food to eat, so little stomach! Take your time, chew as long as you need but don’t miss all the good stuff here in Quenya101 lately. And there is so MUCH. Here they are:

 

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New names

Guido

Jorge

Marius

Gerard

Monroe

Carolyn

Lindsay

Aurora

Aurora

Blake

Christopher

Ælfsige

New famous quotes

MacManus Brothers @ The Boondock Saints

MacManus Brothers @ The Boondock Saints

Metallica - Blackened

Metallica – Blackened

Within Temptation - Covered By Roses

Within Temptation – Covered By Roses

Smaug @ The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug @ The Desolation Of Smaug

Frodo Baggins @ The Fellowship Of The Ring

Frodo Baggins @ The Fellowship Of The Ring

Galadriel @ The Fellowship Of The Ring "May it be a light  for you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

Galadriel @ The Fellowship Of The Ring “May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

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Shinedown – Miracle

Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Lord Of The Rings "Not all those who wander are lost."

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Lord Of The Rings “Not all those who wander are lost.”

New sentences

We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails.

Inspire!

There is no happiness equal to the joy of finding someone who understands.

Adventure.

Imagine.

The lone wolf dies but the pack survives.

We do not choose love. It claims each man as it will, and grips until there’s nothing left.

The past is seldom as we would have it. The future yet to be known.

Embrace the present and strike all else from concern.

Middle Earth.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

I will either find a way or make a way.

Nueva frase

Para no perder tus recuerdos, guárdalos en tu corazón.

Para no perder tus recuerdos, guárdalos en tu corazón.

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Quenya101 Weekly Lembas VI (+ back to work)

 

No Quenya101 = no good lembras bread!

No Quenya101 = no good lembas!

Back from vacation! Let’s check all the updates we had (the best Lembas one can get) and also take a look at the Fast Line adjusted schedule for this coming month, including all people who ordered something while in vacation.

If you are one of them, pay attention to the adjusted date and the further info box. The 101-hour delivery time will start counting from the adjusted date on according to previous announcement. If there’s something written in the Further info box, then you need to contact me (preferably email)  so I can answer your request the most accurate way possible. The question mark (?) stands for blank or confusing requests. Do contact me too, so we can clear things out.

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Now, heading to the many updates!!!! Here’s what we got:

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New names

Robyn

Joanne

Kyla

Paul

Laurel

Francesca

New famous quotes

Stern @ Schindler’s List “Whoever saves one life, saves the world.”

Samwise Gamgee @ The Two Towers “There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

Mary Elizabeth Frye @ Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep “Do not stand at my grave and weep.”

New sentences

When I look into your eyes, there’s so much they hold. I see that you’ve come so far to be right where you are.

How old is your soul? I won’t give up on us even if the skies get rough. I won’t let anything take away what’s standing in front of me.

I have loved you for a thousand years. Never knew I could feel like this. I want to vanish inside your kiss.

Listen to my heart. Can you hear it telling me to give you everything? I love you until the end of time. Come what may.

By air mail.

Death is the road to awe.

Slave to righteousness.

 

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Quenya101 Weekly Lembas IV

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It’s past time we have our weekly dose, huh? I bring you a box full of yummy Lembas bread with all we got BRAND NEW in Quenya101 for this past elvish week (from 45 to 50 Lairë 142):

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New names

Eglė

Arnie

New famous quotes

Theodor “Dr.” Seuss Geisel @ Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Hobbit “The moon is far whiter than silver in treasure.”

New sentences

Drink, and thus awaken.

Land down under.

New other stuff…

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Telpina & InwinórëWell, as I like a LOT stats, countries, flags (the site is packed with that kind of stuff) from now on, it’s available detailed stats from the visitors of Argentina (Telpina) and England (Inwinórë) at the bottom of our right column:

Also, Quenya101 on Tumblr got visually renewed as you saw on the banner above! (It’s about time, huh?) Check there and give your opinion! Good, bad, meh…?

 

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Quenya101 Weekly Lembas II

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And here’s the supply of Lembas with all we got BRAND NEW in Quenya101 for this past elvish week (from 32 to 38 Lairë 142):

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New famous quotes

Jim Gordon @ The Dark Knight “A dark knight”

Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring “Frodo Baggins”

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Hobbit “The stars are far brighter than gems without measure…”

Elinor Dashwood @ Sense And Sensibility

New sentences

Become who you were born to be

Spread the love

New elvish dates

January, 16th, 1998

January, 29th, 1998

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

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Throbbing! The word is throbbing! That’s what I felt while watching the movie and that’s what it felt like after it was done! So painful! But before starting the review per se, I must warn you:

SPOILERS ARE COMING!

So, if you’re reading there, I suppose you already watched it or are pretty courageous to spoil such a good movie. The movie is throbbing! It’s action nonstop! Scene after scene, they change places, new characters are added (and they’re quite alright you know) and action is everywhere! It’s not for the faint-heart! I realize now Peter Jackson is surely writing his name in history. George Lucas has done it, Quentin Tarantino has done it, Steven Spielberg too…. This particular work of Jackson will stand out for ever and ever amen!

HIGHLIGHTS

The movie starts right in the middle of action where the other had left. Without much effort, Beorn is already introduced and even though his role is diminished and one may ask yourself “why was he in the movie, anyway?” one may remember the pity when Bombadil was left out of Lord of the Rings. Not the same mistake again with Beorn.

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Mirkwood scenes are fantastic and having multiple spiders in the scene was a bonus! That moment when Bilbo put on the Ring and immediately started to understand what the spiders were talking…..AWESOME! Ok….he took it out and he continued to understand them, but the concept was brilliant. Also, let’s not forget their dizziness inside the forest which presented to the audience the feeling of being drowned by the curse and the sickness felt in Mirkwood.

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I loved Thranduil character and his motifs. He showed some bad qualities in lots of scenes and their antagonizing, (Thranduil VS Oakenshield) brought sparkles to the movie. I really thought fight would start when they were pointing fingers on that scene. Legolas was very sharp in his character (very well portrayed) and as accurate with the bow as possible while Tauriel was the soft one. Kind, pretty and showing a good heart. Elves were fine, they played their part.

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The Barrel sequence was funny, quick, intense and even though you knew they would continue their venture, the tension was everywhere and by itself the sequence stood out (and you know…it’s just barrels down the river)

Necromancer was chilling!!!!!!!!! I know my exclamation marks and I wanna use them! His voice delivered and I froze every time he was on the screen. That black cloud speaking Black Speech ffffff it all and kicked ASS!

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When Gandalf fought him (or should I say “tried to”) and the EYE came on, shhhhh we all knew Gandalf had become pumpkin pie by then! I loved the Eye of Sauron displayed that way and surely it’s gif-ready for every single Tumblr account out there!

Smaug delivered every inch of expectation I had. It was there! It was a REAL dragon the way Tolkien created! It was sly, it was evil, it was playing with its prey. Smaug had everything. I could not think of a better voice for Smaug, the tyrannical as well. Benedict remembered the good feelings Darth Vader’s voice bring to me. The treasure room scene was the crème de la crème and oh boy…….not for the faint-heart!

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FAILS

Song, soundtrack, music and lyrics! Ok, lyrics may be forgiven a bit, but the song sucks big time! Aw c’mon, man! You may really think it’s a good song, you know all relaxing and stuff, good voice, vibe…but that’s NOT a song for that kind of movie!!!! Seriously? It takes away all the tension of the story portrayed in the 2 hours and 41 minutes and takes you to the beach beside a fire, roasting marshmallows…NO NO NO!

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Gandalf’s spell in Dol Guldur was one disappointment as well. IF that was Quenya, Gandalf needs to learn how to open the mouth so the vowels and consonants are well pronounced and enunciated! I didn’t like it! Bad taste in my mouth! Radagast on the first movie did much better! And that’s another fail! Where was Radagast? He was just a shadow of he could be. I know, I know, he’s very secondary, but but but;;;;; I just wanted more!

You’ll have less Dwarves than you could and should have as well. If you by any chance cannot remember their name by heart, you feel you don’t need to. They are not individually important, they are “Dwarves”. Thorin is the only one who is ONE character. But that’s just natural to expect with so many new characters and action!

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Bard was good but I didn’t welcome him quite well. I don’t know why. Actor was not bad, his role was fine, but…ahhh….I think it’s just me. Humans in Middle-Earth are kinda boring!

Conclusion,

I cannot wait for the next movie. How cruel they are! They shouldn’t do that to people. They rise the bar with every scene, you get in love with Middle-Earth and then….along came the credits! Astonishing desolation it was! Mesmerizing!

December, 13th, 2013 - The Dragon's Day

December, 13th, 2013 – The Dragon’s Day

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364 days waiting and now it’s on!

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Seriously, anxiety is risen to the highest level possible! I never felt butterflies on the stomach before watching an awaited movie, but this is the case now! It’s weird but it’s true! I’ll travel some miles just to watch it as it should be watched with every technological quality available so far. We’re 1 day away and I can’t wait to sit at the movie theater and be taken away into that World of ours, our beloved Middle-Earth!

See you there!

(Yes, this is a very short post, but that’s what was possible with all those butterflies inside my mind too!)

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I can’t get my mind out of…

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And here is some very early review with extra layers of spoilers (DO NOT READ THEM) to tease us all in the top max way possible!

From: businessinsider.com

Warning: There are some spoilers ahead.

 

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is out in theaters Friday.

We saw the second installment to Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy Tuesday night in 3D and enjoyed it a lot.

The film by no means is perfect, but it is a vast improvement upon the first. (The second time around there aren’t any musical numbers by the dwarves, so that’s a plus.)

It’s faster paced with a new threat around every bend whether from spiders, elves, Orcs, or a deadly dragon and should be a solid box-office win for Warner Bros. come this weekend.

“The Desolation of Smaug” wastes no time picking up right where the first film ended with hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continuing his perilous journey with 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) to the Lonely Mountain to recover the lost dwarf treasure from a dragon.

 

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Another downside to all of these characters, if you haven’t memorized all of the dwarf names you’ll be finding another way to identify the weary travellers (we suggest going by beard).

 

And it’s clear to say that of all the characters, Freeman masterfully delivers in his return as Bilbo.

 

For a small hobbit, he’s a ball of fire on screen. Having seen all of the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) films, Bilbo manages to be more courageous and do more in one scene at the beginning of the film than Frodo (Elijah Wood) did in three. (If you think about it, someone else was always saving his life — Sam — and in the third film, he was getting dragged and carried through most of it.)

However, other than the dwarves and Gandalf — who by now feels like a dear old friend welcomed into your home as the old wizard — the film has a lot of new faces (along with one old).

Here’s a quick rundown of who you need to know:

Orlando Bloom returns as LOTR favorite Legolas
Lee Pace plays Legolas’ father, King of the wood-elves, Thranduil
Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) joins as a female elf, Tauriel, who Legolas has his eyes set on.
Stephen Fry (“V for Vendetta”) joins as a conniving and corrupt politician, the Master of Lake-town
Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6”) plays a widowed father of three children who helps the dwarves on their quest.
Benedict Cumberbatch is not one, but two villains — the menacing dragon Smaug — and the less-physical, but even more threatening, Necromancer.

Because there are so many characters, you often feel like you’re watching not one movie, but three, or at the least three to four different mini-sodes as the story shifts back and forth between Bilbo and the dwarves, Bilbo and the ring, elves Legolas and Tauriel, and Gandalf’s side adventure having to do with a big tie-in to the “Lord of the Rings.”

However, some of the characters are welcome.

 

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Sure, Legolas wasn’t in “The Hobbit,” but it gives fans a reason to see the film while also creating another bridge between the prequel and sequel. True to form, Legolas is a master with a bow and arrow and he delivers some of the best action sequences to see on screen. Prime example: At one point he’s hobbling around on dwarf heads shooting arrows at Orcs.

 

He’s still a bit rough around the edges at this point, but we’re watching the makings of a great warrior and he does NOT disappoint every time he’s on screen.

We soon learn Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” isn’t the only arrow slinger on screen worth rooting for with the entry of Tauriel (Lilly). The “she-elf,” as she’s called in the film, is a new character director Peter Jackson invented for the film who gives girls an added reason to see the film.

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One of my biggest issues watching this film is despite all these characters, there aren’t a lot of redeeming ones who I want to rally behind. The viewer isn’t really sure who they’re supposed to side with as a protagonist, mainly because they’re kind of a bunch of selfish jerks.

 

 

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We think Bilbo just wants more time to play with the ring honestly.

 

You have Bilbo, who despite selflessly pledging his allegiance to the dwarves, is a liar and a thief (having stole the “One” ring from Gollum and mischievously hiding it from Gandalf). While it’s a pleasure watching him take a sword to spiders in the film’s first leg, unlike the dwarves, he’s fighting them not to save his crew, nor to really save his own skin, but to save the ring — his ever-growing precious — from the wretched snare of the spider.

 

Though Bilbo’s character grows as the movie progresses — he saves the dwarves a few times — you’re never really sure if he is doing these acts selflessly or if he’s just helping the elves for a share of the treasure Smaug the dragon is guarding.

 

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Thorin Oakenshield, probably not your first pick for a trustworthy ally.

 

Then there’s Thorin Oakenshield the leader of the dwarves who multiple times is warned numerous times of dwarf greed and what it can do to a person. There’s a part of the film where his true allegiance comes into question when he just sits back and let’s Bilbo risk his life for his clan without lifting a finger to help him (you can see it in the trailers when one of the other dwarfs defiantly defends the hobbit briefly saying, “His name is Bilbo”).

 

Though Thorin sort of comes to his senses (it’s clear he still doesn’t completely trust Bilbo) and the dwarves and Bilbo all work together in the end against the big bad dragon, it really all seems like a means to an end for everyone involved — especially Thorin.

After *mini-spoiler* seeing him side with the weasel Master of Lake-town *mini-spoiler*, I’m not sure that’s a dwarf I’d want to align myself with.

At this point, you’re not really sure what to make of Gandalf. Forget what you know about him from “LOTR.” Like the first film, he’s with the crew for a few moments before he disappears on his own adventure in Dol Guldur after being whisked away from a vision.

 

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His role is exactly like that in LOTR. Show up in the beginning of the series, disappear for a long time, come back magically as a brand new wizard to save the day. At least, that’s how we predict it will turn out for movie three: Gandalf saves the day.

 

Perhaps the only real likable character — other than Legolas, Tauriel, and (sure, why not?) Gandalf — is mysterious secondary character Bard. Maybe it’s the added family element, but compared to all of the other characters, he’s the only one who seems completely trustworthy, selfless, and righteous. There’s plenty more to his story we don’t know that I’m sure will be shared in the final installment.

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Give us more Bard, please.

 

Enough about the characters because there is a lot of non-stop action in the sequel that lends itself to great cinematography.

 

The spider scene early on in the film was a fantastic use of Freeman that I won’t give away but that shows once-again Bilbo is quite the asset to the dwarves despite his small size.

One that many reviews touched upon, is the epic waterfall barrel scene that pits the elves vs. the dwarves, the Orcs vs. the dwarves, and the elves vs. the Orcs. It’s one of the most imaginatively shot and orchestrated fight sequences I’ve seen in a long time.

 

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The creative use of barrels brings to mind playing Donkey Kong on the Nintendo 64. And — as mentioned earlier — it’s fun to watch Legolas prancing around on the heads of dwarves to take effortless shots at Orcs.

 

The most aggravating and absolutely frustrating scene to watch comes near the end of the film *mini-spoilers* when the dwarves finally do arrive at the Lonely Mountain and they can’t figure out how to get inside. Rather than take a minute to think it through they try a few mindless ways to break down a wall that ultimately prove futile. Just like that, they give up on their mission and decide to head home.

What? You’re telling me that after months of traveling and risking your lives countless times that once you’re so close to getting what you want, you’re going to let a little wall stop you? Sorry. I’m just not buying it.

Of course, they eventually get inside, but at this point, you feel like these people may not even deserve the riches inside for being so stubborn.*mini-spoiler*

That aside, the best may be the final half hour or so while Bilbo encounters the dragon Smaug and Gandalf goes toe-to-toe with the shadowy Necromancer.

The funny part is that both Bilbo and Gandalf are fighting different villains played by the same man at the same time. Yes, you probably wouldn’t realize unless you were told but Benedict Cumberbatch not only delivers the sly, velvety allure of the monstrous dragon Smaug, but also the chilling monologues of the Necromancer the wizard faces.

If you’re a fan of the book, there’s a big twist with what happens in the Smaug encounter that I won’t spoil here since the film isn’t out yet. It’s a lot longer and more drawn out than in the novel. Bilbo’s altercation with the dragon in the Lonely Mountain becomes MUCH much more complicated.

What Jackson does is unexpected going in to the film but makes sense as you’re watching. Otherwise, a third film really would have felt unnecessary for this prequel series.

 

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You won’t be disappointed by Cumberbatch’s take on Tolkien’s iconic dragon.

 

Both instances of Cumberbatch’s vocals are quite grand and for “Sherlock” fans its a pleasure to see him reunited with Freeman on screen in different form before the show’s January return.

 

The reveal of the dragon is ultimately satisfying as well. Bringing Smaug to life has never been an easy feat for anyone. (Look at the cartoon version.) This interpretation is definitely worthy of Tolkien’s character.

In many ways, “The Desolation of Smaug” is like the second “Lord of the Rings” installment, “The Two Towers.”

Both have multiple story arcs that are setting up for big showdowns in their respective third films. We see growing Orc armies, *spoiler* the eye of Sauron *spoiler*, the Necromancer, and a giant nuisance that just won’t go away in the forms of Gollum and Smaug (except one is frightfully more scary, breaths fire, and is actually a threat to humanity).

Overall, the film was much more captivating then the first to watch and didn’t feel nearly as long as it was (2 hours 41 mins).

We saw it in 3D at what I believe was normal frame rate. That felt kind of unfair, since most of the showings are supposed to be in the higher-frame rate. So I can’t comment on whether it was too much on the eyes. Though there were times the screen did get too bright — any time Smaug breathed fire toward the screen — and I had to look away.

A few other quick notes:

Funniest part of the film that’s not meant to be funny: 

Maybe it’s just me, but look out for the scene when the Bilbo and co. are entering the wood-elves home. The introduction of the elf King Thranduil plays out like a perfume / shampoo ad.

Best line of the film:
Delivered by one of Bard’s little girls: “Why are there dwarves coming out of our toilet? Will they bring us luck?”

Oh yes, and for those looking, keep a watchful eye out for director Peter Jackson at the very start of the film. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug World Première LIVE (or sorta)

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Yeah….sorta! Of course, it’s not live right now, but you can experience all the thrill of it and watch interviews, comments and the whole “red carpet” nine yards RIGHT NOW below and well, that makes kinda live right? Anyway, sit back and relax. Put your feet up, grab some snacks and enjoy the anticipation this things cause on us!

You can advance q bit this video around 10 minutes as there’s nothing going on and they’re just waiting for the “Live” stream to start. (Exactly 11:29)

By the way, I already got my IMAX tickets for the “All-Rest-Of-The-World” Première, what about yours?

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