Is this the Necromancer’s Voice?


– Did we just hear that?

*Warning* This post contains particular spoilers regarding the Necromancer subplot. There are no spoilers related to ‘The Hobbit’ story, but something concerning the Necromancer himself – unless, of course, you’ve read the books. So proceed at your own risk.

Almost two weeks ago, we were introduced to tv spot no.6 of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’.

It clearly begins with Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice proclaiming: “There is nowhere to hide …”, accompanied by the synonymous shot of Smaug opening his eyes amidst the gold of Erebor.

Now, I may be looking too much into this, and probably imagining things, but it sounded very much like Alan Howard’s voice provided for Sauron in ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Considering that Cumberbatch is also playing the role of the Necromancer, and this character (—- spoiler! —-) is later on revealed to be Sauron , I was wondering whether this line in the tv spot is actually the lord of the rings himself -rather than Smaug – as may be the initial reaction.

This crazy thought of mine comes from the peculiarly similar voice uttered by Alan Howard during the Prancing Pony scene when Frodo accidentally wears the Ring and hears the words “You cannot hide … I see you.”

If one had to compare the sinister and creepy uttering of the phrase “… nowhere to hide” from the DoS tv spot and the “I see you”, one may notice a striking similarity.

Have a listen for yourselves and make up your own judgement on this matter. Here’s the link to the DoS TV spot first. The phrase is stated in the first few seconds of the video.

Memorized the voice? Good.

Now here’s the scene of the Prancing Pony. Sauron’s voice is heard between 3:28-3:36 – so skip to that part of the video and compare the two.

So, my question is this. Could this voice actually be the Necromancer speaking? Considering Cumberbatch is also playing this character, the filmmakers may have wanted to assimilate the two voices from both trilogies as close as possible.

Then again, Cumberbatch plays both Smaug and the Necromancer and it is clear that Peter Jackson is trying to create a connection between the two (something which Tolkien had attempted to do once ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was published) – so there is a strong sense of ambiguity about who this voice actually belongs to.

There’s also a third possibility. And that may be that I’m simply making too much of a small issue. But every time I hear the words in the tv spot, my mind immediately goes to Sauron and my gut seems to support that.

Of course, the phrase in the tv spot could very obviously be referring to Bilbo as he is being hunted by the dragon inside the Lonely Mountain.

What is certain is that Benedict Cumberbatch, no matter whether it’s Smaug or the Necromancer, is definitely going to impress in the upcoming two films.

What do you guys and girls think?

Come on everyone! Less than two weeks to go! 😀


2 thoughts on “Is this the Necromancer’s Voice?

  1. The small issues are those that the masses tend to call technicalities, and which philosophers tend to call their life’s work. So no, this is not a small issue but rather one that should indeed be reviewed and scrutinized. I did not notice this, albeit I did not make a conscious effort to, but nonetheless I am glad that you did.

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