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The old fun thing is when somebody typed up the first chapter of War and Peace. And then made a precis of the rest of it and sent it out and only one publisher recognized it.

—Jim Harrison

Synopsis: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.


Reaction: Overall, it's still well made, but I just can't work my care up for the last half hour.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Peter Jackson => Director / Writer / Albert Dreary (uncredited)
Fran Walsh => Writer
Guillermo del Toro => Writer
Philippa Boyens => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
Adam Brown => Ori
Aidan Turner => Kili
Antony Sher => Thrain (uncredited)
Ben Mitchell => Narzug
Benedict Cumberbatch => Smaug / Necromancer
Cate Blanchett => Galadriel
Craig Hall => Galion
Dallas Barnett => Bill Ferny Snr
Dean O'Gorman => Fili
Eli Kent => Lethuin
Evangeline Lilly => Tauriel
Graham McTavish => Dwalin
Ian McKellen => Gandalf
James Nesbitt => Bofur
Jed Brophy => Nori
Jeffrey Thomas => Thror (uncredited)
John Bell => Bain
John Callen => Oin
Katie Jackson => Betsy Butterbur
Kelly Kilgour => Soury
Ken Stott => Balin
Lawrence Makoare => Bolg
Lee Pace => Thranduil
Luke Evans => Bard / Girion
Manu Bennett => Azog
Mark Hadlow => Dori
Mark Mitchinson => Braga
Martin Freeman => Bilbo
Mary Nesbitt => Tilda
Michael Mizrahi => Thrain (uncredited)
Mikael Persbrandt => Beorn
Nick Blake => Percy
Orlando Bloom => Legolas
Peggy Nesbitt => Sigrid
Peter Hambleton => Gloin
Richard Armitage => Thorin
Richard Whiteside => Butterbur Snr
Robin Kerr => Elros
Ryan Gage => Alfrid
Sarah Peirse => Hilda Blanca
Simon London => Feren
Stephen Colbert => Laketown Spy
Stephen Fry => Master of Laketown
Stephen Hunter => Bombur
Stephen Ure => Fimbul
Sylvester McCoy => Radagast
Terry Notary => Goblin (uncredited)
William Kircher => Bifur

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Martin Freeman and the Elvish actors all play characters who cannot grow facial hair. The actors, however, not only grew facial hair, but had a complete five o'clock shadow by the end of a day's filming, even if they were clean-shaved at the beginning of the day. This shadow appears blue on film. Rather than shave repeatedly during the day, the actors had orange make-up applied, which canceled out the blue shadow.
  • The only time Legolas blinks is when he realizes he has been wounded. This is in keeping with the character, as the only time Legolas blinks in the [Lord of the Rings] trilogy is when he is strongly surprised.
  • Originally Doug Jones was meant to play King Thranduil, but Peter Jackson cast Lee Pace, of whom he was a big admirer since watching Pace's film The Fall.
  • Evangeline Lilly's character, Silvan elf Tauriel, was created for the films. Tauriel is a name that in Sindarin language means "Daughter of the Forest". The budding romance between Kili and Tauriel was not a part of the original footage shot in 2011-2012; it was added to "beef up" the second film during re-shoots in 2013.
  • Eva Green auditioned for the part of Tauriel in 2010, losing the role to Evangeline Lilly. Green's audition took place right after Benedict Cumberbatch's, who successfully obtained the role of Smaug.
  • Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman)'s performance was dedicated to '[?] Paul Walker', who he co-stared with in Fast & Furious 6 and who died a few days before the film's release.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch studied iguanas and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo's Reptilian House to prepare for the voice of Smaug, aiming for a tone that would "bridge between animal and human, a deep and rasping guttural dryness to the voice."
  • Orlando Bloom is two years older than Lee Pace who plays his father, King Thranduil.
  • Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) once dated her [Lost] co-star Dominic Monaghan, who played Meriadoc Brandybuck in the [Lord of the Rings] series.
  • When Guillermo del Toro was going to film the series, he had Ron Perlman in mind to voice Smaug.
  • [?] Nathaniel Lees was originally cast as the Necromancer.
  • The Arkenstone in this film is presented as a symbol of Dwarf kingship. In the novel, it was just a family heirloom.
  • In the book The Hobbit the whole chapter where the dwarves were captured by the Spiders was changed quite a bit. To lure away the spiders Bilbo sings a song. Once away from the spiders also how they encounter the Elves was changed. Both Bilbo and the dwarves chase firelight into open spaces to get to the elves, but the fire was snuffed out. This happens three times before getting captured and held in the Elven Dungeons.
  • Stephen Colbert cameo: as the eyepatch-wearing Lakewood Spy who knocks on the door with the walking stick. Colbert, a longtime Tolkien fan and expert, had brought his wife and two of his sons to the shoot. When his scene was completed, Peter Jackson personally presented Colbert with a replica of the sword Sting.
  • Orlando Bloom performed all his own stunts.
  • Bombur doesn't speak for the entire movie.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch suggested to read the Necromancer's Black Speech backwards to make it sound diabolic and unholy.