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LA Times Hobbit article with a great new picture
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Registered User

Jan 14 2012, 1:51pm

Post #1 of 31 (4069 views)
LA Times Hobbit article with a great new picture Can't Post

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.”

(This post was edited by Silverlode on Jan 14 2012, 7:57pm)

The Shire

Jan 14 2012, 2:00pm

Post #2 of 31 (2409 views)
As if I wasn't excited for the movie enough [In reply to] Can't Post

Stunning photo of Martin as Bilbo.

I want a poster of it!


Jan 14 2012, 2:07pm

Post #3 of 31 (2329 views)
Wow, intense! I wouldn't want to interrupt Bilbo at that very moment...I might get hacked! // [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2012, 2:18pm

Post #4 of 31 (2392 views)
Here's the direct link: [In reply to] Can't Post


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

(This post was edited by Carne on Jan 14 2012, 2:20pm)


Jan 14 2012, 2:24pm

Post #5 of 31 (2330 views)
Wow! [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #6 of 31 (2257 views)
A True "Hero Moment"...Love it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Rock ON, GO GO, BILBO! xoxoxBomby


Jan 14 2012, 2:57pm

Post #7 of 31 (2228 views)
Looking good [In reply to] Can't Post

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.

(This post was edited by Hanzkaz on Jan 14 2012, 3:02pm)

Aragalen the Green

Jan 14 2012, 3:21pm

Post #8 of 31 (2246 views)
Is that a spider? [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #9 of 31 (2249 views)
One of the most important moments! (spoilers) [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #10 of 31 (2230 views)
This photo is gorgeous! [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #11 of 31 (2179 views)
Fully armed and FILTHY! [In reply to] Can't Post

Like a dwarf. Tongue

(This post was edited by Mooseboy018 on Jan 14 2012, 5:37pm)


Jan 14 2012, 6:11pm

Post #12 of 31 (2155 views)
Is that the same sword that Sam used to kill Shelob? [In reply to] Can't Post


Captain Salt
Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2012, 6:18pm

Post #13 of 31 (2151 views)
Martin looks surprisingly intense here [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #14 of 31 (2105 views)
Sam didn't kill Shelob// [In reply to] Can't Post


Superuser / Moderator

Jan 14 2012, 6:54pm

Post #15 of 31 (2046 views)
Yes indeed! / [In reply to] Can't Post


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.

Ataahua's stories


Jan 14 2012, 7:19pm

Post #16 of 31 (2088 views)
Sam definitely didn't kill Shelob - [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Jan 14 2012, 8:19pm

Post #17 of 31 (2010 views)
Great shot of Bilbo. [In reply to] Can't Post

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


Jan 14 2012, 8:50pm

Post #18 of 31 (2016 views)
Shoot! [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #19 of 31 (1974 views)
Yes it is. [In reply to] Can't Post

perfect for spider killing and/or wounding

Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens

Jan 14 2012, 9:58pm

Post #20 of 31 (1951 views)
Eeeww, the spider webs... [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #21 of 31 (1965 views)
Thanks for the new wallpaper! [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #22 of 31 (1970 views)
It's Really Hard fur me, to not STOP..... [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #23 of 31 (1882 views)
Bilbo looks great there [In reply to] Can't Post

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

Post #24 of 31 (1821 views)
Great picture, and a great wallpaper too! [In reply to] Can't Post


"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

Post #25 of 31 (1769 views)
Love the still [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm grateful for every little tidbit.

This tale grew in the telling. . .

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