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Jan 31 2011, 11:34pm

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I too ...

... will be very disappointed if we don't see G's version of Smaug. I don't need to see 'both' designs (if indeed there were 2 designs in the first place). I trust G's instincts and I have always loved his designs. Incidentally, how do you know there was any influence on G other than what goes on in that genius noggin of his? This perennial assumption that Guillermo was under the thumb of/directed by/influenced by previous designs is a disservice to the man. He has always - thank God - marched to the beat of his own drum, and is one of the most original and eclectic creators of creatures in film today.

BTW, his design for King Balor in HB2 I have no doubt was influenced by the legends of Cernunnos, the Celtic horned god, lord of the greenwood. His figure looms large on such artefacts as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the Gallic-Roman Pillar of the Boatmen, and reputed to be a symbol of fertility and nature. Guillermo is a scholar of ancient mythologies, and is well aware of many of the beliefs and legends of the Angles, Celts, Scandinavians and Slavs. The stories of great worms run rife throughout these legends, and the very name - worm - comes from the Anglo Saxom word wyrm, a word used in Eddas for a legless serpent or dragon. It persisted well into late medieval times, and every bestiary I've seen has a dragon that resembles a wyrm. If G's Smaug looked like that I would very happy indeed.


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I will be extremely disappointed if Jackson scraps GDTs Smaug.

have you already seen and compared both designs?


Anyway, I'm pretty sure PJ, Alan Lee & a lot of the old design crew influenced the look of Smaug, so I don't think they will just scrap it, they could do a lot of improvements and modifications on the face and details of the body though. The general worm-like shape will stay I think, as it's on the FOTR map, and a lot of Howe and Lee drawings. Now really digging the tiny t-rex arms though.

(This post was edited by Hellmistress on Jan 31 2011, 11:37pm)

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