Sadly, this year’s Comic Con did not turn out the way I hoped.
I have been going to the NY Comic Con for several years, and have always enjoyed it. This year I thought, well, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is a big movie this year. There is a great chance that it will be featured by the Comic Con, right? I sent emails and tweets to the Comic Con, hoping that The Hobbit: DoS would feature in the program. Sadly, it did not.
The only Hobbit-related content was from The One Ring.net – TORn. They had a panel on Sunday at 12:00 entitled “An Unofficial Sneak Peek of The Desolation of Smaug“. I thought, perhaps there would be a surprise cast member or two attending. I got on the line for the panel at 10:45. The line was shut down by 11:15. I got into the room.
There were three TORn staffers heading up the panel. The most notable (to me) being Kristin (Green Dragon) who interviewed Richard Armitage during the promo for AUJ. KatherineD mentioned it in her post on Me + Richard Armitage HERE. No cast members.
The panel was focused on analyzing the two trailers of DoS that have been released, plus a little added background that the staffers had gleaned from TPTB connected to DoS.
SPOILERS AHEAD DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED
There was some information about Tauriel, the elf played by Evangeline Lilly. Apparently, she dies at some point. 😦 Not surprising, I guess, since she does not appear in the LOTR movies. Apparently both Legolas and Kili are in love with her. What! Not in the books for sure!
They pointed out that Bilbo doesn’t look invisible in the trailers. That Legolas still has Orcrist when he is shown in Laketown. That Legolas’s eyes are bluer than they were in LOTR. That Jimmy Nesbitt’s (Bofur) daughters appear as Bard’s daughters in the pictures released a couple of days ago.
There was also a vote about what the end of DoS would be. The death of Smaug, or Smaug leaving the mountain. What do you think??
One other thing is regarding the spiders of Mirkwood. The TORn panel thought they were a big LARGE for Mirkwood spiders, looking as big as Shelob in LOTR, which they clearly were not suppose to do. Will they talk? Unknown. Also, in the books Bilbo defeats them. In the movie it appears that he has help from Legolas and Tauriel.
Re Tauriel – the panel asked for the fans to be tolerant of her. They clearly love Evangeline Lilly and are concerned that negative fan opinion will be devastating to her. She put “her heart and soul” into the role. I have no problem with her. I like her.
Green Dragon said that she did not think Stephen Fry was a good choice for Master of Laketown. What do you think?
TORn is apparently deep in debt from the Oscar party they hosted earlier this year. If you care about their website, contribute if you get a chance! They provide a great service to Tolkien lovers everywhere.
We had a giggle about the “Barrel Ride” sure to be a hit of Disney’s The Hobbit adventureland at some point.
Re Thorin – the audience was remarkably silent when he was onscreen. Legolas was clearly the favorite of the NY Comic Con audience. Everyone was like <sigh> Legolas… They just loved him. Thorin, not so much.
One last thing – I met RA Central NYC !! Julie and I connected! So fun to meet another RAddict!! 😀