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Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug dropped it’s first trailer this week:

And looks substantially more plot-developmental than perhaps the first one was:


#Trololol.  Literally.  Kinda.  @The_hobbit_blog will keep you updated on all things The Hobbit.  Peter Jackson and crew will more or less be looking for some cinematic redemption after the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey garnered a lackluster 65% on rottentomatoes.  Which funnily enough is more than we can say for the likes of Zack Snyder’s “Best film to date(56%)”.Desolation of Smaug 2-1

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Bilbo Baggins is a warmly humble Hobbit of the Shire, only son of Bungo Baggins and Belladonna Took.  A family man, Bilbo is

Quote1.pngFond of food, drink, a full pipe, his friends and good cheer.  And was known for greeting friends and family with hospitality saying — ‘At your service and your families!’Quote2.png J.R.R. Tolkien — The Hobbit

Renowned for his honesty, dependability, and latent fortitude: Bilbo knows, as all Guardians do: that actions speak louder than words.  With a dichotomous lineage from both the homely Baggins’ and the adventurous Tooks’, Bilbo is often torn in his life decisions.  As many Guardians are.

Quote1.pngSJ’s are natural Good-Samaritans.  Ever on the lookout to help their fellow man.  Although service comes quite naturally for them, they do not do it freely and joyously.  But look at their beneficence as obligatoryto do otherwise would be selfish.Quote2.png — Please Understand Me II, p. 94

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Gandalf the Grey is a keenly perceptive Istari of Valinor, raised under the tutelage of Nienna.  A powerful wizard, Gandalf’s:

Quote1.pngJoy, and swift wrath, were veiled in garments grey as ash, so that only those that knew him well glimpsed the flame that was within.  Merry he could be, and kindly to the young and simple, yet quick at times to sharp speech and the rebuking of folly; but he was not proud, and sought neither power nor praise… Mostly he journeyed unwearingly on foot, leaning on a staff.Quote2.png — J.R.R. Tolkien — The Hobbit

Renowned for his wisdomwit, and superfluous intellect, Gandalf knows, as all Rationals do: that knowledge is power.  Indeed Gandalf provides wise council and guidance to the friendlies of Middle-Earth.  Though he possesses a remarkable arcane prowess, he rarely uses his powers unless he needs to.  As many Rationals do.

Quote1.pngBecause Rationals value strategic intellect: they take as their idol the technological wizard.  After all, a wizard is the ultimate scientist, with a magical power over nature.  Scratch a Rational, find a scientist; but glimpse a Rational, and behold a wizard.Quote2.png— Please Understand Me II, p. 192

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Quote1.pngGood morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it.  The sun was shining, and the grass was very green.

But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out farther than the brim of his shady hat.

What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

“All of them at once, said Bilbo.Quote2.png

— The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


SPOILER trailer analysis:

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