The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo Baggins, now in possession of a magical ring of great power, in the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s epic action-adventure trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel. With Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf.

As the Dwarves of Erebor, Gandalf the Grey and hobbit Bilbo Baggins near the lands they wish to reclaim, they acquire new allies, such as the wood elves who save them from the giant spiders, but can they be trusted? Can new enemies, including a big, scarred and scary orc named Bolg, be beaten? Bilbo finds a precious ring in the goblin tunnels that, for one thing, makes him tell Gandalf a fib. And Gandalf believes him. There must be trouble ahead. And then there’s what we’ve all been waiting for: 13 dwarves and a timid hobbit versus a gargantuan dragon who is very bad-tempered and breathes fire to prove it.

The odds are certainly stacked against them, but there is a third film. With Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the thunderous voice of Smaug the Stupendous (as Bilbo calls him), who is a dragon.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – Saturday 6.20pm on Channel 4

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