Tuesday, October 02, 2012

New Hobbit Poster Shows Bolg Son of Azog, Plus Maps & More Collectables

Tim here with an update from Middle-Earth. A new poster for The Hobbit has been released and it shows the major characters in action poses.

One of the most prominent figures however is a major antagonist in The Hobbit book and movies, Bolg son of Azog. This is confirmed by the Bridge Direct action figures that have been released.

These lead to the connections of the Goblin Wars that will likely be shown in the movies as opposed to referred to as they are in the book: "...they had a special grudge against Thorin's people, because of the war which you have heard mentioned, but which does not come into this tale..." This text from The Hobbit was Tolkien's way of referencing those Goblin Wars, which he mentioned earlier in the text naming Azog and what transpired at the battle for Moria. However, this battle and the events surrounding it are detailed in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. This is likely what Jackson and team have expanded upon and show in the movies to give more depth and drive behind the Battle of the Five Armies, which will be shown in full in the third movie. Bolg, of course, is central to that battle. It's likely he'll be introduced in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and given a more prominent role to make him a more substantial antagonist.

In fact this could mean that we'll get to see the Goblin Wars in the first movie when Thorin and Gandalf tell Bilbo about the events. In addition WETA Workshop has released their The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey range of collectables, which include: Thorin's Map of the Lonely Mountain, a Floor Plan of Bag End, the Key to Erebor, and as well the Dwarves' weaponry replicas and more. Some exciting items here for the fans to hoard. I like the Floor Plan for Bag End because it really shows that we haven't explored that wondrous Hobbit hole enough.

We're two months away from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hitting theaters. If your calendar isn't already marked, then you had better mark December 14th as the date. In many countries at least as some get it as early as the 12th. Go to the IMDB release info page to find when it's released in your country. Until then expect some more Hobbity goodness here on MarketSaw.  

Oh and check out the new "Riddles in the Dark" over at Warner Bros! Very cool...

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