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Tol Eressea

Jan 31 2011, 10:26pm

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Wait, there's more!

I just read the rest of the article, and there's an enormous amount of information in there!

Del Toro’s production design for “The Hobbit” seemed similarly intent on avoiding things that viewers had seen before. Whereas Jackson’s compositions had been framed by the azure New Zealand sky, del Toro planned to employ digital “sky replacement,” for a more “painterly effect.” Sometimes, instead of shooting in an actual forest, he wanted to shoot amid artificial trees that mimicked the “drawings in Tolkien’s book.” In his journal, I spied many creatures with no precedent in Tolkien, such as an armor-plated troll that curls into a ball of metal plates. Del Toro said that it would be boring to make a slavish adaptation. “Hellboy,” he noted, was based on a popular comic-book series, but he had liberally changed the story line, and the demon had become an emotionally clumsy nerd. “I am Hellboy,” he said.

It seems that Guillermo actually wanted to make Mirkwood look just like Tolkien's own cover illustration. I am also liking the sound of the armour-plated troll that curls up into a ball of metal plates – that sounds much more interesting, original, memorable and distinctive than the repetitive and rather generic cave- and mountain-trolls used in the trilogy.

Even the major characters of “The Hobbit” bore del Toro’s watermark. In one sketch, the dwarf Thorin, depicted in battle, wore a surreal helmet that appeared to be sprouting antlers. “They’re thorns—his name is Thorin, after all,” he said. The flourish reminded me of a similar arboreal creature in “Hellboy II,” which was slightly worrying. That film is so overpopulated with monsters that it begins to feel like a Halloween party overrun by crashers. Midway through the film, del Toro stages a delightful but extraneous action sequence in a creature-clogged “troll market” hidden beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The scene comes across as del Toro’s bid to supplant the famous Cantina scene in “Star Wars.”

I know which Hellboy II character the reporter is referring to – King Balor. Apparently Guillermo wanted Thorin's helmet to look like this:

Guillermo has also revealed a huge amount of information regarding At the Mountains of Madness. I am now more excited for it than ever, despite my inability to absorb so much mind-shattering information all at once.

(This post was edited by Flagg on Jan 31 2011, 10:31pm)

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Post edited by Flagg (Tol Eressea) on Jan 31 2011, 10:31pm

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