Five New Characters in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The_Hobbit__The_Desolation_of_Smaug_poster_revealedThe release of the second film in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is now upon us. Last year we watched Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and his fellow Dwarves, fight their way through trolls, orcs, and goblins as they began their journey to reclaim the ancient city of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.  The second installment  (in cinemas as of 13th December) will bring the heroes all the way to the very shadows of the Lonely Mountain, with a whole new host of allies and enemies alike. We have lined up some of the new characters to look out for.

 

  1. Tauriel– Like LOTR returnee, Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Tauriel (Evangeline Lily  – AKA Kate from Lost ) has been drafted into the Hobbit narrative by Jackson. The character’s absence in the novel makes it hard to know what to expect of her in the film. However, the trailers so far suggests she is quite the formidable warrior, with clips of her  dishing out all kinds of pain to some unfortunate orcs in the forest. It is great to see at least one strong, ass-kicking female character in the franchise and I would hope she has a key part to play over the rest of the trilogy.
  2. Bard the Bowman– The Laketown soldier is played by Welsh actor Luke Evans.  Bard is a descendent of the Lord of Dale, who was killed when Smaug destroyed the cities of Dale and Erebor. In the trailers, Bard has been shown voicing his objections to Thorin’s company entering the Lonely Mountain and agitating the terror that sleeps within. DOS will likely be used to establish the warrior, who is likely to feature with greater prominence in the final film.
  3. The Necromancer- The mysterious evil, witnessed by the wizard Radagast in the first film, looks set to play a more significant role in DOS in the form of The Necromancer. Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, this entity is thought to be a precursor of Sauron, the big bad in LOTR. While the dramatic events at the Lonely Mountain unfold, expect to see another epic showdown at Dol Guldor, as Gandalf splits from Bilbo and the Dwarves to explore the ancient stronghold by himself.
  4. Beorn– This is the character I’m most looking forward to seeing.  Beorn (played by Mikael Persbrandt) is a skin changer who often takes the form of a gigantic black bear. He is described in Tolkein’s novel as being a man of immense size and strength, with an affinity for animals and an unquenchable hatred of orcs. Solitary and mistrustful of dwarves, Beorn will need much convincing if he is to help Thorin and co.
  5. Smaug– We have only had limited glimpses of the trilogy’s chief antagonist in the trailers – all looming shadows and piercing amber eyes. These shots, alongside the snippets of Cumberbatch’s arrogant and drawled voice work, suggest that Jackson has gone for a potent mix of the sinister and the flamboyant. So far the trilogy has taken a relatively light-hearted approach to its bad guys, with the bumbling, slapstick trolls and the obese singing Goblin King. Let’s hope Jackson ups the ferocity with the novel’s iconic dragon and delivers a real powerhouse villain!

Reporter: Dan Tovey

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