The Sunday Salon: Behind the Scenes of The Hobbit

Initially, I was going to post something about the trailer for the new The Three Musketeers—y’all know how I love my campy Dumas film adaptations—which was actually already bumped back from a week ago. But it has to be bumped back again, because I am randomly shouting in joy. Why, you might ask? Peter Jackson released a ten minute video of behind the scenes footage from The Hobbit on Thursday, and I cannot contain my joy. So, I present an incredibly unprofessional shot-by-shot analysis below the cut; no screencaps, just timestamps.

  • 00:15 — This is where I lost it. Bag End looks exactly the same!
  • 00:33 — “The next two or three years.” Extended Editions for sure.
  • 00:41 — For some reason, on watching this for the first time, I confused Ngila Dickson and Howard Shore and got a little teary that Shore wouldn’t be back. He, um, is.
  • 00:46 — A dwarven bow, I think—you can tell because of the geometric-based design. I’m excited that The Hobbit will go more in-depth into dwarves; elves are cool, but dwarves are awesome.
  • 01:10 — There is no Jackson Tolkien adaptation without one guy in a wildly uncomfortable but awesome body suit. Looks like one of the trolls to me, from what I remember of their brief cameo in The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • 01:14 — Rehearsing for the barrel scene. Heh.
  • 01:21 — Sting! All shiny and new for Bilbo to discover and name.
  • 01:29 — Alan Lee and John Howe duck out awkwardly, probably because they know I’m going to stop and start this over and over again to peer at their concept work.
  • 01:52 — …I miss Ngila.
  • 2:00 — A shot of Dori’s costume.
  • 2:12 — I groaned in frustration to find the costume designs blurred out. But we can still glean some information!
  • 2:15 — You see a bit of a Kili costume concept next to Jackson’s head…
  • 2:16 — This is, to the best of my estimation, Mark Hadlow as Dori. I’m liking the braids, and all the jewelry is glorious.
  • 02:23 — There are two gown designs next to the woman on the left’s head; due to the height, I think these are for Galadriel. Blanchett will look radiant in gold.
  • 02:29 — Rivendell! Lost it here, too. Gave me chills.
  • 03:11 — I never realized Narsil was directly above Elrond’s chambers, and not for space-saving measures. Fascinating!
  • 03:30 — Jackson is feeling just as nostalgic as we are. Awww.
  • 03:50 — And here’s where I stopped pressing my hand to my heart and started shouting. Quietly, but still, shouts of joy.
  • 04:06 — Jackson admonishes us not to spoil a scene that pops up in The Fellowship of the Ring. (Question: do you think Jackson will pull a Lucas and insert Freeman into The Fellowship of the Ring in its definitive release with the blooper reel?)
  • 04:27 — I think this is a troll skull. Nice decoration.
  • 04:42 — MARTIN FREEMAN IS IN BAG END! I REPEAT, MARTIN FREEMAN IS IN BAG END! (The shouting went to normal volume here.)
  • 5:00 — Blocking, but, more importantly, Freeman is blocking as Bilbo.
  • 5:17 — Blocking dwarves messing up pristine Bag End. Not crying, but kind of shaking here.
  • 5:27 — Martin Freeman’s Bilbo is both exactly as I expected it and beyond my wildest dreams.
  • 5:47 — Ian McKellan joins everyone at the table. Oh, Ian!
  • 5:57 — This cast! Nothing will ever live up to the cast of The Lord of the Rings, but they seem so happy and in great harmony.
  • 6:06 — Can Ian McKellan just adopt me or something?
  • 6:47 — I had no idea he was going to show us any of this, so I flipped.
  • 6:56 — Andy Serkis, the greatest sport on the planet.
  • 7:06 — A traditional Powhiri welcoming ceremony. (I will admit, Richard Attenborough looks like Hugh Jackman from far off.) I won’t go timestamp by timestamp on this whole ceremony and the speeches, but it’s very touching, especially given the history between New Zealand and The Lord of the Rings.
  • 10:13 — But it’s not over yet! Look, Freeman picking up the Ring!
  • 10:17 — And I don’t know who is doing this voice over. Some people are thinking it’s Freeman himself, which I at first didn’t buy—but if he’s consciously trying to extrapolate from Ian Holm’s Bilbo, the voice sounds right.

In conclusion, ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod.

I really cannot believe I’m coming to the end of my sophomore year of college. So I’ll ignore it while continuing to write papers! This week, I got through Harry, a History and The Misfits, and started on The Name of the Wind. Kiss that nice posting buffer goodbye, I guess…

TJ at Dreams and Speculation is giving away two signed copies of Skeleton Crew until tomorrow, so hustle! Tor is giving away five copies of The Unremembered until tomorrow. The Tor/Forge Blog is giving away a Hellhole prize package to newsletter subscribers until April 30th. Allie at Hist-Fic Chick is giving away five copies of Claude & Camille until an unspecified date. The Tor/Forge blog is giving away an enormous young adult library until May the 3rd; you need to subscribe to their newsletter to enter. The Baen Free Library is full of free downloads, including The Shadow of the Lion and On Basilisk Station. Night Shade Books is offering Butcher Bird and Grey as free downloads at the moment. Vertigo Comics is offering free downloads of the first issue of several series, including Fables, The Unwritten, and Y: The Last Man. (And you will go download The Unwritten.) If I’ve missed your giveaway or freebie, drop me a line!

What do y’all make of the video?

3 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Behind the Scenes of The Hobbit

  1. One of the people that I play LotR Online with was an exchange student in NZ last year and she got to go out to the Shire set and walk around. Jealous. I am Jealous. Of course three of the other people in my Kinship are kiwis, so it’s all NZ all the time in game.
    And just when I was getting used to Freeman as Watson, now he’s Bilbo. Great to see all this stuff though.

  2. Excellent moment at 6.15
    “We can stick a fan up your robe for air conditioning”… to which Gandalf responds: “Promises, promises”… 😀 hehe.
    I loved this video! Thank you for posting it – now I’m really excited to see the finished result too ;D

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