‘The Hobbit 2′ Images Feature Barrels Full of Dwarves and the Eye of Smaug

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Fans of Middle-earth have thus far had little news to whet their appetites for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the upcoming second chapter in director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy. The film – which releases in December – was not featured at this summer’s Comic-Con, with much of Warner Bros’ attention focused on the aim to spin its Man of Steel success into a shared (and long overdue) DC Movie Universe.

However, now that the theatrical release of The Desolation of Smaug is months away, the time has come for the studio to shift its marketing efforts for the film into high gear. A trailer for the film (as well as details of the extended edition Blu-ray release of its predecessor) has already been released, and now that initial footage is being followed by a pair of promo images that provide further hints at what fans can expect from the film.

Check out the images below:


The first image features Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions as they ride barrels across a raging sea, presumably a moment from the novel’s “Barrels Out of Bond” scene in which this particular fellowship makes a daring escape to Lake-town. This shot isn’t likely to reflect an actual still from the finished film; rather, it provides a stylized look at what may prove to be a thrilling action sequence. However, it does reveal some key differences between the novel and Jackson’s adaptation.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s original text depicted the scene as a more stealthy escape, in which Bilbo seals the barrels (with air holes, of course) and the group’s journey continues. Jackson’s take, at least according to this artwork, indicates that the dwarves will undergo a great deal more struggle in their escape. The arrows sticking out of their barrels indicate that they will be under fire, and the fact that the barrels are uncovered is surely intended to make the scene more engaging, from a character standpoint. Time will tell if the sequence actually plays out as this image implies.

The second image is a bit more straightforward. Bilbo’s reflection in Smaug’s eye certainly harkens back to the final shot of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and its reveal of the dragon’s massive eye opening. It has long been expected that this second film will center on the dwarves’ confrontation with Smaug, and the connection this image hints that Bilbo and Smaug will come face to face and engage in some riddles, as they do midway through the novel. This could serve as a nice callback to the “Riddles in the Dark” sequence from An Unexpected Journey and provide a nice bit of tension for audiences.

On a side note, any conversation between Sherlock stars Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch (who voices Smaug) will be of particular interest to fans of that BBC series.

Are you looking forward to The Desolation of Smaug, Screen Ranters? What do you think these promotional images reveal about the film? Sound off in the comments section.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters on December 13th, 2013. The final installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, arrives in theaters on December 17th, 2014.

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  1. I enjoyed Unexpected Journey more than most, but I believe Desolation of Smaug will be a improvement in every way. Guaranteed.

    • You said it!

    • I hope Bard is awesome. His character is so plain and “everyman” but for some reason, after the reading the book as a kid, I clung to that character. I would never pretend I was Bilbo or a Dwarf or a Wizard, but many, many times would run around the backyard with a bow and arrow pretending I was Bard. Might have something to do with such an otherwise small character… doing that thing he does.

      • Nice side step

  2. I agree, it was a great Hobbit intro movie. I kind of expected the first Hobbit film to be the most maligned of the three since not a ton of stuff happens yet.

  3. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I have not seen the first hobbit movie and I believe I’m going to wait until the second hobbit movie comes out on Disc and then watch those back to back and then I will see the last one in theaters….

    • I am glad I experienced it in theaters (I was more curious about the 48fps than anything else)

      However, you have a sound plan. Splitting this book into three movies was extremely unnecessary, and you really feel it. The movie drags. Adding desolation will undoubtedly make it a (longer) more fulfilling experience.

      • Not unnecessary from my point of view, and obviously, many others as well. The more time in Middle Earth, the better! This will likely be our last venture there.

  4. The Hobbit extended edition on Blu-ray is really disappointing for me !
    I was expecting at least 1 hour more but they just added 13 min :(
    Cry !

    • What do you expect? Think about it.

      The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, they take three books that are about 400 pages each and make a movie out of each book. Plenty of content that wouldn’t fit to make awesome extended editions.

      The Hobbit, they take one book that’s about 300 pages and decide it needs to be three movies. They have already extended, and extended, and extended it. When you have to add filler to milk The Hobbit, there is nothing left out to put on the Blu-Ray release.

      • JB…no one is forcing you to watch. Many of the rest of us enjoy all the time in Middle Earth that we can get!

    • An hour more of what, mountains, rivers, trees and and stupid songs.

      • Nice try Twilight fan.

    • I second ios about the “only 13 minutes” more when we were all expecting 20, 30. Fans have already seen blogs etc. w. some of the barrel sequence which looks to be action-packed. The other image doesn’t work for me so much, it’s a nice thought. Loved AUJ and can’t wait for DOS.

  5. does anyone know if the extended edition will be out on DVD? or is it just Blu-Ray?

      • sweet thanks!

  6. Cumberbatch as Smaug one word, Awesome..

  7. On a side note, any conversation between Sherlock stars Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch (who voices Smaug) will be of particular interest to fans of that BBC series.

  8. Although I thought The Hobbit was good, I think Desolation of Smaug will be the type of film I think we were all expecting from The Hobbit(Great to Epic). I mean Cumberbatch as Smaug? Yes please. I can’t wait for this movie. If done right, this could be my number 1 movie of the year

  9. Is it just me, or does the first image look like the poster for grown ups?