Here’s a couple of tidbits from one of the most anticipated geek events of all-time, Peter Jackson’s upcoming film adaptations of The Hobbit (and like, 300 pages of appendices and apocrypha from The Lord of the Rings). This stuff may be considered kind of spoilery, so look at your own risk….
First up, Sherlock star and holder of the “most British-sounding name ever” title, Benedict Cumberbatch, gives us this little nugget about when we can expect to see the dragon Smaug (whom he is voicing) show up:[quote]“I think my eye might open at the end of the first film and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.[/quote]
Next, we all know about Gandalf the Grey and Saruman the White, but did you know there’s another wizard running around Middle Earth? Yep, he’s known as “Radagast The Brown” (I don’t think I want to know the story of how he earned that title), and a Hobbit calendar released to the Interwebs revealed a photo of the character, played by Sylvester McCoy:
Finally, here’s a trailer for the absolutely adorable LEGO: Lord of the Rings video game: