This is strictly non-canon but I’m going to throw it out there and receive your feedback …
You may have already noticed, upon prior viewings of The Desolation of Smaug, that in the High Fells scene (after Radagast and Gandalf emerge out of the tombs), we get a shot of a very familiar statue – a Púkel man.
In Tolkien’s Middle-earth, these statues were placed by the race of the Drúedain along the passage towards Dunharrow.
In Unfinished Tales, we learn how these “Púkel Men” could actually come to life when the people/places they were supposed to be guarding, were in danger.
Now, we all know that the concept of “The High Fells of Rhudaur” is non-existent in Tolkien’s books.
And we also read that the Púkel Men seem to have been found only around the White Mountains area (specifically, that of Dunharrow).
Then again, in this scene from The Desolation of Smaug, we can clearly see an example of one of these statues.
What are your thoughts about this?
Did you ever spot the statues before? (I only just found out a few days ago!)
If that’s so, they seem to have done a poor job!
At the same time, although not canon, it just keeps on expanding the cinematic universe of Middle-earth … which is nice (in a way)
What are your thoughts on this?
Let’s all try once again to rationalize these movies with a Peter Jackson mind … 🙂