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July 05, 2011

Hill of Sorcery/Lonely Mountain

Much excitement at the Flea with the announcement Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the voice of Smaug in Peter Jackson's two part adaptation of The Hobbit. A closer examination of the film's IMDB entry reveals he has also been cast as the voice of the Necromancer of Dol Guldor.

Don't follow that last link if you don't want to learn the identity of the Necromancer. Though, given the recent emo excesses of Game of Thrones' TV-only fans, I no longer have any sympathy for people who claim to love an IP but can't be bothered to read.

And: Sylvester McCoy plays Radagast. Which is ok, I guess.

And... and: Richard Armitage is to my mind a peculiar choice for Thorin Oakenshield - too young - but he's a good actor and I suspect he would do a good job of it.

That said, the operative word is "actor".

Tolkien fan Armitage said that he’s in his element shooting in New Zealand: “There was a scene in The Lord Of The Rings where they find the stone trolls, and they’re identical in The Hobbit.

“I love those moments, when you link into the world of the film that you’ve seen before.”

Or, say, those elements in a novel such as The Lord of the Rings which build on an earlier novel such as The Hobbit. The ring provides one glaringly obvious example. You know how there was a ring in that Lord of the Rings movie? Hey, that ring is in The Hobbit.

Gotta love those moments that link you into the film that you've seen before. Excuse me but I have to go stab myself in the face.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 5, 2011 08:48 AM