MiddleEarthBlog: TORN( the one ring net) Teusday event/ Hobbit Spoilers


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TORN( the one ring net) Teusday event/ Hobbit Spoilers

  I spent a very nice and rewarding Teusday evening in Barlimans chatroom last evening awaiting a report to be given by Quickbeam ( Clifford Broadway ) at TORN Teusday an informal chat experience at The One Ring Net site. It was delyed an hour while Quickbeam made the drive in from Vegas but I had a good time chatting with others in the chatroom and let me tell you there are some very dedicated Tolkien/Peter Jackson fans there and from all over the world, it was an unique and fun experience and I highly reccommend it to all fans of Professor Tolkiens.The report from Quickbeam is every Teusday at 5:00 pm Pacific time, 8:00 pm New York time and has been a rather layed back affair with Quickbeam talking and occasionally answering questions/comments from people in the chatroom, I even got a few questions in which was a bit of a thrill. Quickbeam gave a very enthusiastic report on the 10 minute preview from Sir Peter Jackson, the preview was preceeded by a video clip from Sir Peter explaining his decision to make "The Hobbit" in 48 frames per second mode (FPS) instead of the 80 year old standard of 24 FPS. Sir Peter explained that at 48 FPS it was like someone had knocked a wall in the Theater and you were staring through the hole at the action going on outside. I personally will take his word for it and will make a concerted effort to find a theater near me that will be able to show that film at 48 FPS, that coupled with 3-D should make this an incredible movie event, coupling the technical aspects of the movie with a story I have known and loved for Decades and combining that with what I am sure is a hugely talented team of Actors and Industry professionals well let us just say this December can't get here soon enough,Okay now for Quickbeams report and I warn you in advance that there are spoilers ahead so be warned and avert your eyes for the rest of this report. Here are the  contents of the scenes Quickbeam reported on :

  The White Council featuring Saruman, Gandalf, Galadriel and Elrond.- Here we have the council discussing the finding of a sword of mystery that had been discovered that Galadriel announces to the Council is a Morgul Blade that is only carried by Ringwraiths and leads her to believe that they have risen once again from there tombs by the power of Sauron.Which leads Gandalf to journey to their tombs to see if they have indeed risen from their crypts.
- Riddles in the Dark with Smeagol and Bilbo- This was proaly the longest scene shown and was described as a rather creepy affair and that Gollums appearance is much approved over the Gollum of LOTR and that Andy Serkis had lost none of his flair in his presentation of Gollum.

- The Trolls – Tom, Bert and Bill – This was described as a rather extended scene and the Trolls are quite different in appearance from LOTR and here actually speak in a British Cockney accent as spoken in the novel, Quickbeam described it as very exciting and technically brilliant with lots of swordplay from the Dwarfs. Do they turn to stone like in the novel? Didn't get to ask. Sorry.

- Gandalf in Dol Guldur with Thrain  Thrain was the father of Thorin Oakenshield and gave him the map to the sidedoor into the lonely mountain next to Smaugs lair.This is supposed to have happened prior to Gandalfs meeting with Thorin Oakenshield, I am not sure how this timeline will play out in the storyline of the movie.

- Legolas and Tauriel in an action sequence -  Here we get to see Legolas in action and he appears to be of a different attitude towards Dwarves as one of his line is " don't think that i won't kill you Dwarf " while aiming an arrow at Thorin Oakenshields head. We also meet Tauriel ( Evangeline Lilly of LOST fame ) a character created by Sir Peter for the movie and all I can say is right on. She has to be one of the hottest actresses ever and I can't wait to see her as an Elf.

- Radagast the Brown  a fellow Wizard. This sounded a little bizarre and a little hilarious . Gandalf meets Radagast who Quickbeam described as wearing a Wizards hat that when removed shows a birdsnest  underneat it which would explain all the bird poop in Radagasts beard, LOL and get this he has a sleigh pulled by Bunny rabbits. Quickbeam explains that these are not your average bunnies so I can't wait to see this scene.

- Quickbeam also explained the somewhat controversial scene where Galadriel plays with Gandalfs hair in a rather flirtful way. It seems she is asking why Gandalf chose a hobbit (Bilbo) to accompany the Dwarfs on their mission to slay Smaug and Gandalf admits to having lately feeling afraid and that Bilbo in some unexplainable way gave him courage. There Galadriel brushes his hair and says something to the effect that  we should all draw strength through friends.So it appears she wasn't flirting with him at all and shame on you for thinking so

  I know you have read the reviews and some were very negative on the 48fps part of the movie some even going so far as to say that the 48fps aspect would doom "The Hobbit" to failure by an audience who would not be able to fathom or stomach so radical a change in the way one views a movie.You know that there were critics that felt the advent of Talkies back in the 1930s would ruin things for the movie going public and you see how that turned out. Just sit back and relax and let old Professor Jackson sort things out. I promise you that you won't be dissappointed or I'll kiss a Troll smack on the lips.

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