Comic-Con Hobbit Footage Overview

Hobbit PanelHobbit PanelMuch as I would've liked to have been there, I'll have to rely on the reports of others to vicariously experience the Hobbit panel discusion and 12 minutes of Hobbit footage at Comic-Con. Inside Movies has nice overview of what went was shown. Here's the interesting bits:

Scene 1: Gandalf and the 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), debate whether Bilbo should be allowed to join their quest to reclaim their treasure from Smaug, since it’s not clear if he is clever and sneaky enough to help them break into his secret lair. Eventually, Gandalf stands firm, and Bilbo reads over the “standard” contract to join their quest, which includes clauses noting that “laceration, evisceration, [and] incineration” are possible fates for him. Bilbo faints.

Peter JacksonPeter JacksonScene 2: Bilbo meets Gollum (Andy Serkis), looking (slightly) younger than he did in The Lord of the Rings but still very much gripped by his Smeagol/Gollum split personality — they debate whether to eat Bilbo, or play word games with him. Bilbo realizes his best chance of escaping the goblin tunnels alive is to play along with Gollum, so he proposes a game of riddles. If he wins, Gollum helps him out. If he loses, says Gollum, “we eats it whole.”

Ian McKellenIan McKellenScene 3: Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) asks Gandalf why he brought “the halfling” on this most unexpected journey, prompting one of Gandalf’s soul-stirring speeches about how it’s “the small deeds by ordinary folk” that best hold evil at bay. It ends with what I perceived as quite a tender moment between Galadriel and Gandalf, hinting at an unspoken ache in Gandalf’s heart for the attentions of this celestial being standing before him.

Martin FreemanMartin FreemanScene 4: We see Bilbo find the fateful One Ring, and then cut to a later scene where Bilbo almost confesses to Gandalf about the new item he’s picked up on his way. “I found something in the goblin tunnels,” says Bilbo.

“What did you find?” says Gandalf, clearly concerned.

“My courage.”

Andy SerkisAndy SerkisElijah WoodElijah WoodI'm most interested in the whole Galadriel bit.  What is the entire context of the discussion? How is Galadriel portrayed--is she still this completely off-standish and otherworldly creature from Jackson's LOTR films?

If any of you saw the footage, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below!


(images courtesy The Hobbit Facebook page)

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