Christopher Lee: How to Live Life

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1922-2015

Well, what can I say.

It’s been a terrible few months in terms of Hobbit-related news; and not the kind of updates we were expecting.Christopher Lee

Lesnie’s death last April was totally unlooked-for. And whilst Christopher Lee’s recent birthday celebrations at 93 demonstrated an individual defying the norm of old age, this news still comes as a devastating shock.

Admittedly, I’m not one who can claim to have seen the majority of his impressively long (and unconquerable) filmography.

His role as Saruman – the wizard whose thinly veiled evil schemes pose a danger to Middle-earth – is naturally the first image that springs to mind when I come across his name. Continue reading

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Old Bolg back in The Hobbit!

Bolg (old design)

From being slain in An Unexpected Journey to chief torturer in The Battle of the Five Armies

I’ve grown rather fond of the final appearance of Bolg in The Hobbit trilogy. Although I had some initial reservations, I’ve come around.

You may probably have noticed by now that the original design for Bolg (and originally Azog – it’s slightly complicated so here’s a link to a detailed post about the design history: Azog, Bolg … and Yazneg: The trio’s tangled design history), has made an appearance in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Hobbit 3 Official Trailer is here!

Thranduil (Elk) & Bard

The Defining Chapter Approaches

Wait, what?

Did you see it?

I mean, have you seen the Offical Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

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When Fili became Kili … The Heirs of Durin Riddle

f & kIt seems Kili is determined to take over …

Not only did we get two Hobbit films concentrating on just one brother’s character – leaving poor Fili mostly out of the story – but he’s also been given his sibling’s own place at a certain moment in An Unexpected Journey.

Stone Giants (Fili, Bofur)

Confused?

Let me explain …
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Character Profiles: Balin and Dwalin

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– Balin: Father Christmas (in a good way)

Balin, along with Thorin, is the only dwarf (in both book and ‘An Unexpected Journey’) to be given a proper background history that serves well for a secondary character of his stature. In Tolkien’s novel, it clearly emergesb2 how a special relationship is formed between the dwarf and Bilbo – the former often providing encouraging remarks in otherwise gloomy situations. Indeed, Balin is one of the first in the Company to start respecting and admiring the hobbit’s abilities during the Quest.
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‘The Hobbit’ – Character Profiles

Thorin's Company

Upon the good suggestion of commenter Ella, in the coming days, I shall be giving a very quick overview of each of the dwarves in ‘The Hobbit’ – briefly describing their characteristics as found in both the novel and the new film adaptation; drawing out a few parallels and touching upon certain issues that emerge from either of the two mediums.

I’ll be as spoiler-free as possible, don’t worry.
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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: A review

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– My very long review … (no really, very long)

Perhaps a little late to post this now, but better than never I guess! So here’s my review on the first installment of ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy, written after copious amounts of repeat viewings and the span of a few months.
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