New ‘Hobbit’ Images Show Gollum’s Return

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One thing that made Lord of the Rings an onscreen classic is undoubtedly the presence of Gollum (a.k.a. Smeagol), the faithful Stoor Hobbit of the River-folk who was transformed into a half-mad, cave-dwelling wretch by the corruption of the evil “One Ring.” Portrayed onscreen in the early-to-mid 2000s by motion-capture performance maestro Andy Serkis, Gollum set a new precedent for how engaging and “real” a CGI character could be.

J.R.R. Tolkien fans already know that Gollum plays a pivotal bit role in The Hobbit, which is being adapted into director Peter Jackson’s two-film (possibly three-film) prequel to Lord of the Rings. Today we have new Hobbit images that show both Gollum and his counterpart Andy Serkis back on the scene (no pun), ready to bring Middle-earth movie fans a new rendition of their beloved character.

For those who don’t know: One of the subplots of The Hobbit deals with that fateful first meeting between Gollum and the family Baggins. In this prequel tale it is Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) who embarks upon the epic journey that would eventually become his defining adventure. One leg of that journey involves Bilbo trying to find his way through a system of caves, in which he stumbles across a certain miserable wretch who is searching for his lost “precious” ring – a ring that will have world-changing implications for both Middle-earth and Bilbo’s family.

Check out the images of Gollum in The Hobbit and Serkis on set in his motion-capture suit, which will appear in the September issue of Empire magazine (courtesy of E!):

At this point, it’s hard to deny the fact that Serkis, in any one of his famed motion-capture performances (see: Lord of the RingsKing KongRise of the Planet of the Apes, Tintin), has been one of the most criminally neglected actors when it comes to awards recognition (not one Oscar nom!). The reason the CGI characters in those aforementioned films have each been memorable (to varying degrees of acclaim) is that Serkis is there to provide the heart, soul, and personality behind those big digital eyes. Peter Jackson at least recognizes the gem he has in hand: The Hobbit will mark his fifth and sixth (possibly seventh?) film employing Serkis’ talents (add another half to that if you count Tintin, which Jackson produced).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in U.S. theaters on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again opens a year later on December 13th, 2013.

Sources: Empire magazine (courtesy of E!)

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  1. He looks even better than in “The Return of the King!”

  2. That’s not the outfit Ian Holm was wearing when he found the ring…

    Oh well.

    • That’s also not what Gollum looked like in Fellowship but you don’t see anyone complaining about that.
      Just hope that Peter Jackson doesn’t pull a Lucas-type move and replace Ian’s scene with a clip from the Hobbit in a few years.

      • You only saw a glimpse of Gollum though. Haha

        I’m not “complaining”, I just feel like it could’ve been fixed easily.

        I’m sure they have their reasons. I’m not Peter Jackson or the costume designer. I won’t let it ruin how much I’m gonna love this movie.

        • Oh yeah, I knew weren’t really complaining, I was just poking fun at minor details from the first movie. The reason they changed Bilbo’s outfit is probably something as tiny as, that was just a tiny little filler scene and wasn’t really important at all. And, of course, the costume department wouldn’t really be doing much if they just re-made the same costume! It’s not a big deal at all. The REALLY big issue is, “That’s not what Bilbo looked like when he found the ring! And wasn’t he about 20 years older?!”

    • That is realy strange, can’t he remember his own movies anymore?
      Than whatch them again Peter and don’t do such awkward mistakes.

  3. The Precious!!

  4. What’s Daniel Craig doing there?

    • That might be my favourite comment ever.

      • Haha, you guys!

  5. These comments are confusing. You all realize that The Hobbit predates The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and, therefore, everyone should be younger, right?

    • Of course I realize that. What I meant was, in Fellowship, there is a scene that shows Biblo, as played be Ian Holm, in the moment he found the ring. Obviously, being played by Holm and not Freeman, Bilbo was portrayed as much, much older and, as it were, wearing a different outfit. And yes, while The Hobbit does predate The Lord of the Rings, the scene with Bilbo and his finding of the ring takes place DURING The Hobbit.

      Understand now? Also, if you’re not sure, I was joking about his age being an issue. It’s really not.

  6. When there is an Oscar category for what he does where he can compete against others then I will agree with you. However he should get some sort of reconigtion for his talents, but not an Oscar.

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