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LA Times Hobbit article with a great new picture

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Jan 14 2012, 1:51pm

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LA Times Hobbit article with a great new picture

The article does not appear to offer anything especially new, but I've not seen that fantastic picture of Bilbo with Sting before!

All can be found at the Los Angeles Times website (and I'm sorry, I can't seem to make the embed code work):

Excerpt: “The story is very much a children’s story so deciding how to tell this was one of the first things we had to do,” Boyens said in a phone interview right before Christmas. “Who is the audience? It is very distinctly different, tonally, to ‘Lord of the Rings’ until the very end and then you begin to see the world of Middle-earth opening up… but, having said that, we felt that it is the same audience [who will come to see the films] and then you start to worry because it is easy to repeat yourself. It is quite a similar journey, you’re going from the Shire to a large, dangerous mountain.”

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The Shire

Jan 14 2012, 2:00pm

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As if I wasn't excited for the movie enough

Stunning photo of Martin as Bilbo.

I want a poster of it!


Jan 14 2012, 2:07pm

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Wow, intense! I wouldn't want to interrupt Bilbo at that very moment...I might get hacked! //


Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2012, 2:18pm

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Here's the direct link:

I think this might be what we saw in the trailer. Bilbo dropping the ring, then turning back to pick it up.

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Jan 14 2012, 2:24pm

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So we can confirm that Sting does not have the lettering when he finds it, but does have that beautiful detail :)

It's amazing to see such high definition images! He looks filthy and PERFECT as Bilbo Baggins!


Jan 14 2012, 2:54pm

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A True "Hero Moment"...Love it!

Rock ON, GO GO, BILBO! xoxoxBomby


Jan 14 2012, 2:57pm

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Looking good

we felt that it is the same audience [who will come to see the films]

That confirms how I thought they'd approach the Hobbit. This Bilbo looks to be more of a fighter than his younger kin. (I wonder if this is a Mirkwood scene - I can't see this guy singing 'Lazy Lob...')

He did tone down the some of grimness of his adventures for his audiences.

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Aragalen the Green

Jan 14 2012, 3:21pm

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Is that a spider?

To the right of the picture, it looks like the remains of a spider (I see eyes and spidery legs).

As he had feared, orders had been forgotten and everyone had brought the potato salad.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Jan 14 2012, 3:31pm

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One of the most important moments! (spoilers)

Note the remains of cobwebs on Bilbo, and the filth on him, as if he has just been engaged in battle, and his speaking to his weapon:

" 'I will give you a name,' he said to it, 'and I shall call you Sting.' "

Thank you for this article, ejayye!


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

The Shire

Jan 14 2012, 3:32pm

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This photo is gorgeous!

It's amazing to see all the details in this picture tell us so much about what is hapenning at that moment. Bilbo looks fierce!

Never ask an Elf for advice, for he will say both 'Yes' and 'No'.

Grey Havens

Jan 14 2012, 5:37pm

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Fully armed and FILTHY!

Like a dwarf. Tongue

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Jan 14 2012, 6:11pm

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Is that the same sword that Sam used to kill Shelob?


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2012, 6:18pm

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Martin looks surprisingly intense here

And it certainly appears to be the "naming of Sting" from the book...nice.

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, with axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!

Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2012, 6:26pm

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Sam didn't kill Shelob//


Superuser / Moderator

Jan 14 2012, 6:54pm

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Yes indeed! /


Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

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Jan 14 2012, 7:19pm

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Sam definitely didn't kill Shelob -

- He just made sure that she had problems sitting comfortably for a very long time.


Jan 14 2012, 8:19pm

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Great shot of Bilbo.

Martin is going to knock the role out of the park. Wonderful casting by PJ & co.


Jan 14 2012, 8:50pm

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I totally forgot about that tiny detail, you're right!

But still, is it the same sword or not?

Grey Havens

Jan 14 2012, 9:09pm

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Yes it is.

perfect for spider killing and/or wounding

Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens

Jan 14 2012, 9:58pm

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Eeeww, the spider webs...

But what a great picture! I think he looks like Pippin there. In a way their journeys are similar - from fun-loving, to fearful and then to ferocious. Bring it on!


Jan 14 2012, 9:59pm

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Thanks for the new wallpaper!

Wow great picture and yes indeed he has just done some spiders and might be close to naming the sword Sting. Cool


Jan 14 2012, 10:16pm

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It's Really Hard fur me, to not STOP.....

Quietly singing inside
& Goldberry is letting me? Sing IT...out Loud...
How Proud Iam
of PJ&CO!

jus' keep breathin' Bomby, It will be here soon...
Don't die until after Christmas 2013.


Jan 15 2012, 1:06am

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Bilbo looks great there

Given the much simpler character arc in the Hobbit, and given that Tolkien very helpfully explains that Bilbo is going through important moments, I think PJ, Fran and Philippa will have less room for misinterpreting Bilbo's journey.

If this scene happens when I think it does, Bilbo's look seems just right.


Jan 15 2012, 2:36am

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Great picture, and a great wallpaper too!


"If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world."
— J.R.R. Tolkien


Jan 15 2012, 5:21am

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Love the still

I'm grateful for every little tidbit.

This tale grew in the telling. . .


Jan 15 2012, 12:07pm

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There is always hope


Jan 15 2012, 6:32pm

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I always thought that Frodo looked a little wrong when he used sting. Sam was the one who used it to full effect.

Yes, Bilbo and Sting are going to get very friendly with each other, and that photo gives me hope for the films.

"I am Gandalf, and Gandalf means me!"

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,


Jan 16 2012, 12:17am

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Oh cripes!

As if I needed one more incredible picture to drive me more insane!!

This is after he's fought the spiders, or I'm an orc! He is so amazing. We're so lucky to have this happening!! *tearing* Look at him! And Sting is just as heroic as Bilbo. Great things are coming, you guys!



I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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Tol Eressea

Jan 16 2012, 2:55pm

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A great pic... which is now my desktop :-) //


Middle Earth is New Zealand!

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."


Jan 16 2012, 7:26pm

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Nice find

Yeah I was trying to figure out the spider-eyes and legs thing in the background.

Aragalen the Green

Jan 18 2012, 6:29pm

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Spider eyes or mushrooms?

I can't tell if they are the bulbous spider eyes or some nasty Mirkwood fungi.

As he had feared, orders had been forgotten and everyone had brought the potato salad.