The Chiefest of Calamities Will Hit the Hobbit Fandom!

This week begins the ‘promotion week’ for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which means a lot of publicity events and interviews for the fans to feast their eyes on!

It all began with yesterday’s (November 1) live Facebook question and answer event with two of the movie’s cast members, Aidan Turner (Kili) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili).

It continues today with the livestream of the world premiere event in Los Angeles, at 6:30 PM (PT)/ 9:30 PM (ET). See it here

Also, the cast will be making appearances in late night shows this week:

Jimmy Kimmel Live

December 2: Orlando Bloom (Legolas Greenleaf)

December 3: Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins)

December 4: Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer)

Late Show With David Letterman

December 9: Ian McKellen (Gandalf the Grey)

Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

December 2: Evangeline Lily (Tauriel)

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

December 4: Orlando Bloom

Chelsea Lately

December 4: Orlando Bloom

Conan

December 4: Evangeline Lily

December 11: Benedict Cumberbatch

Not late night, but in the list anyway: Live! With Kelly and Michael

December 13: Evangeline Lily

The cast also revealed the traveling museum (video here), and the latest design for Air New Zealand this week (the airplane features a 70 feet artwork of the dragon Smaug)

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NEW: PREVIEWS FOR THE SOUNDTRACK OF “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” HAS BEEN RELEASED. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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NEW: PREVIEWS FOR THE SOUNDTRACK OF “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” HAS BEEN RELEASED

Today, November 15, Entertainment Weekly released previews of ALL 29 songs on the soundtrack, all composed by Howard Shore. Shore also worked with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s and The Lord of the Rings‘s soundtracks, so he’s a veteran in the field of composing for these epics.

The soundtrack will be released on December 10 and includes I See Fire, the end credits song for Desolation Of Smaug, written and composed by Ed Sheeran (as mentioned in a previous blog post)

The fandoms rise again! Part 1 (UPDATE)

This week was a whirlwind for some of the biggest fandoms in pop-culture history.

The week started off great, as Tolkienites (or Tolkien fans),  were treated to a live fan event by The Hobbit director, Peter Jackson, along with some of the actors from the upcoming second part to The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug.The cast included: Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Orlando Bloom (Legolas Greenleaf), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Evangeline Lily (Tauriel), Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Jed Brophy (Nori). The live evnt was international, held in cities across the world (Los Angeles (USA), New York (USA), London (UK), and Wellington (NZ)), and streamed online.

The first hour of the event featured a greeting from Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) who couldn’t make it to the event, a new vlog of the movie’s production diaries that takes behind-the-scenes looks at the film’s progress, a Q&A session (taking questions from the fans live and from Twitter), and a new extended trailer for the movie (it was pretty epic!)

Then the live stream was done after an hour and the fans at the actual event got really lucky; they got to have a sneak peek at 20 minutes’ worth of the movie’s material, and they also were the first ones to hear I See Fire, the end credits song composed by English music sensation, Ed Sheeran. The singer announced his involvement in the song via Twitter, and the song became viral within a few minutes of release.


The Desolation of Smaug will premiere in most cinemas worldwide on December 13.

Link to the live event’s replay: X

Link to the event’s transcript and other news: X

Link to I See Fire‘s music video:X

Link to the extended trailer: X

More to come in parts 2 and so on!

*UPDATE:

New featurette sponsored by Denny’s reveals Beorn’s house!

Watch it here: X