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April 10, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – a sneak preview of first footage

Running rings round Tolkien? … Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit.

Running rings round Tolkien? … Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson’s preview of the sequel to the Rings prequel shows the director taking fresh liberties with Tolkien’s work.

By Ben Child

The first instalment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, may not have swept the board at the Oscars or even ended up as one of the year’s best-reviewed films, but audiences seemed to warm to the New Zealand film-maker’s epic, expanded take on (the first third of) JRR Tolkien‘s gentle and breezy 1937 children’s fantasy. At some point along the line there are going to be some very confused youngsters dipping into the 250-page book after watching all three movies and wondering what on Middle-earth happened to Radagast, Galadriel, Saruman and all that fighting, but hey … childhood’s tough.

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