The third Hobbit film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, has been pushed back to winter. Originally planned as a summer film next year, it will not be released December 17, 2014. The second movie, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, is scheduled for a Dec. 13 release this year. Here’s the article at TheOneRing.net.
In case of emergency, please use the stairs.
The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 8: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
Chapter synopsis: Frodo, Sam, and Gollum pass the city of Minas Morgul, and Frodo feels that the Ring is drawing him towards it. They see a great army issue from the city, apparently heading towards Gondor, led by the Captain of the Ringwraiths himself. Then the hobbits and Gollum ascend a long and steep stairway, followed by another, longer but not as steep. Far above they see the pass they are heading for, and it seems to be guarded by a watchtower. They decide to rest for a while, and while Frodo and Sam are talking Gollum goes away; then they both fall asleep, and Sam wakes to see Gollum bending over Frodo. Although it seems he had no evil intentions at that moment, Sam is full of distrust. He then wakes Frodo, who offers Gollum to go freely where he will, as the hobbits could continue the way by themselves. But Gollum says they can’t reach the top of the pass on their own, and all three prepare to go on.
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I wrote a new article for TheOneRing.net. Mark Ordesky, Lord of the Rings producer, tweeted it to the twitterverse saying, “Smart/witty with cool insider info!”
The first Hobbit movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 19. It’s pretty darn clear with such an early release that the film underperformed in theaters; but I never expected the first Hobbit film to be as popular as The Lord of the Rings films anyway. Here’s the link to the official release.
The article also mentions that an extended edition will be available later this year. (The word on the street is that it will come out in October, but that hasn’t been verified.)
The other piece of interesting news is this: “Peter Jackson will host a live first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy, on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00PM Eastern/Noon Pacific. Content will be streamed live and an edited version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website. Access to the live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet code available by purchasing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Select digital retailers will issue access codes upon purchase of the film.
Sounds like a traveling chapter.
The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 7: Journey to the Cross-Roads
Chapter synopsis: Faramir gives each of the hobbits a staff, as well as some provisions, and then the hobbits and Gollum depart. They travel southwards for two days and come near the road from the ruins of Osgiliath to Minas Ithil. Gollum keeps urging them to make haste, stressing the danger they are in. They turn eastwards towards the Cross-roads, the crossing of the road from Osgiliath and the north-south road. The next day the darkness starts issuing from Mordor; a great cloud covers the entire sky, and the day is as dark as a night. They reach the Cross-roads; a great stone statue of a king is standing there. Its head was apparently cut down by the servants of Sauron, and is lying on the ground near the statue; yet just before setting the sun reaches the end of the dark cloud and one of its last rays shines on the head like a crown, giving Frodo new hope.
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