‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ First Footage Revealed!

The pair investigates the abandoned Dol Goldur crypt in this look at Peter Jackson's upcoming sequel, in theaters this December.
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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ First Footage Revealed!

On Sunday, Peter Jackson held a live Q&A for the Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where he revealed a 2-minute clip from the upcoming adventure The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in theaters this December. The scene finds Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy) heading to the dreaded High Fells, hoping to solve the mystery of the poisonous Morgul-blade, which was used in an attack against Radagast in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. They seek out the abandoned Dol Goldur crypt, to find that it was previous opened from the inside. Watch the clip, and then continue reading for Peter Jackson's take on this important moment from the upcoming sequel.

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Peter Jackson had this to say when introducing the first scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

"It's part of the appendices that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, and it's part of the expansion of 'The Hobbit' that we're doing. It's not in the actual 'Hobbit' book itself, but it is building on the storyline of the Necromancer and Dol Guldur, which we just talked about. If you remember Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, she was commenting on the Morgul-blade that Radagast had recovered from Dol Guldur, and she talks about it belonging to the King of Angmar, who was buried in the High Fells, which are a mountainous range...So in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Gandalf goes to the High Fells to investigate how this blade may have got out into the world. The High Fells are the tombs where the nine [Nazgul, a.k.a. Ringwraiths] are buried."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was released December 13th, 2013.

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