Sue, Cheryl and I thought it would be fun to see the
latest Hobbit movie - The Desolation of Smaug. We convinced
Papa Mel that he might enjoy it, the pop corn and a snickers candy bar.
Love to have him with us to share the fun, sword fights, torture, and
whatever the Irish dwarves, dragon Smaug, and other what-nots had in
At the Inn of the Prancing Pony in Bree, Gandalf
persuades Thorin Oakenshield to obtain the Arkenstone to unite the
Dwarves, and suggests that a stealthy burglar would be needed to steal
the jewel back from Smaug.
Thorin and his company are being pursued by
Azog (left) and his Orc party down the Carrock following the events of the
previous film. After Bilbo informs the group that a massive black bear
is also tracking them, Gandalf ushers them along to the nearby home of Beorn to seek his aid; Beorn is a skin-changer who sometimes takes the
form of the bear in the flick below. They enjoy relative peace during
the night, but then trouble catches up.
That night, Azog is summoned to Dol Guldur and
instructs his son Bolg to take over the hunt for Thorin. The following
day, the company reaches Mirkwood.
Here Gandalf discovers Black Speech graffiti
imprinted on an old ruin, and abruptly leaves without explanation after
warning them to remain on the path and wait for him before entering the
Lonely Mountain. However, they lose their way and are caught by giant
Bilbo, with the help of the One Ring, sets about
freeing the dwarves, which results in him dropping the ring; Bilbo
begins to learn of the corrupting influence the ring has on him after
brutally killing a spider to retrieve it. This scene is crawling with
ugly spiders who catch and wrap their victims in webs like mummies.
Thanks to Bilbo they are rescued and removed from captivity.
After the battle Bilbo climbs to the top of the
trees to see the way. It's light bright and he's surrounded by blue
butterflies. He's able to see the way they must go.
After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin
and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the
dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the
human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo
Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must
complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek
out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the
dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret
business to the south?
At the same time the Wood Elves arrive, led by Legolas and Tauriel, who
imprison the Dwarves following an altercation with the Elvenking
Thranduil (above). Bilbo manages to arrange an escape using empty wine barrels
that are sent downstream. While being pursued by the Elves, they are
ambushed by Bolg and his Orc party and Kili is wounded.
Taureil and Legolas
Thranduil seals off his kingdom when he learns that an evil entity
has returned and is amassing great power in the south, but Tauriel
disobeys him and leaves to assist the dwarves, followed by Legolas.
Meanwhile, Gandalf meets Radagast to investigate the tombs of the Nazgūl,
which are found empty. Gandalf reveals that they answer to only one
master. The company then meets a man named Bard, who uses the barrels to smuggle them into Esgaroth, the Lake-town where the descendants of Dale now reside. Thorin
promises the Master of Lake-town and its people a share of the
mountain's treasure for their assistance, and receives a grand farewell.
Kili is forced to stay behind, tended by Fili, Oin and Bofur. It is also
revealed that Bard is a descendant of the last ruler of Dale, Girion,
and possesses the last black arrow (below) capable of defeating Smaug. Bard
attempts to bring the black arrow to the town's launcher, but is
arrested in the process, leaving his son to hide the arrow. Kili, Fili,
Oin, Bofur and Bard's daughters are then attacked by Bolg and his Orc
party, who have infiltrated the town in search of Thorin. Legolas and
Tauriel arrive soon after and fend off the Orcs. Legolas leaves in
pursuit of Bolg, while Tauriel stays to tend to Kili; the two then
acknowledge the bond that has developed between one another.
Meanwhile, Gandalf returns to Dol Guldur in the south, while
Radagast is sent to warn Galadriel of their discovery at the tombs.
Gandalf finds the ruins infested with orcs and is subsequently attacked
by Azog. While he attempts to escape, the Necromancer reveals itself,
and a duel erupts between the two. The Necromancer overpowers Gandalf
and reveals its true identity as the Dark Lord Sauron.
Thorin and his remaining company reach the Lonely
Mountain, where Bilbo discovers the hidden entrance and is sent to
retrieve the Arkenstone, only to awaken Smaug.
confronts Bilbo, whom the
dragon considers a thief....Then the battle begins with lots of fire and
brimstone. Bilbo and the Dwarves, now being hunted by Smaug, trick the
dragon into rekindling the forges, and attempt to kill him by drowning
him in molten gold. However, Smaug emerges and stumbles out of the
mountain, determined to destroy Lake-town and its people for aiding the
Dwarves. He then takes to the air as Bilbo watches in horror at what
they have unleashed.
Watch the video.
It's so entertaining that I'm looking forward to the next episode.....