117 votes
Accepted

Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?

Blame Benedict Cumberbatch, from MTV news: "Originally, the dragon we envisioned was bigger. The idea was to get the fear through his bulk. In fact, if you go back and look at the first film and ...
104 votes

Why doesn't Smaug die in the 2nd Hobbit film if it was titled the 'Desolation of Smaug'?

It means "the desolation caused by Smaug". In the book, this is the description given to the barren area around the Mountain, specifically to the south and west. (The map displays north to ...
60 votes

Why does Thorin tell Bilbo that he has "keen eyes"?

Thorin doesn't tell Bilbo that he has keen eyes because Bilbo found the giant carved dwarf, but rather because he found the secret stairs that led to the top of the dwarf and thus to where the secret ...
  • 8,629
49 votes

Why doesn't Smaug die in the 2nd Hobbit film if it was titled the 'Desolation of Smaug'?

The Desolation of Smaug does not mean the Destruction of Smaug. Dictionary Definition Definition of desolation the action of desolating the pitiful desolation and slaughter of ...
  • 36.9k
44 votes

Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?

TL;DR This answer starts by clarifying some terms, then goes through some background information and ends up answering the question. The overall answer was improved considering the discussions in the ...
43 votes

How is Gimli from Lord of the Rings connected to the dwarf in The Hobbit?

TL;DR: Gimli (depicted in the locket, and from The Lord Of The Rings) is the son of Glóin (in The Hobbit). Glóin is the dwarf that shows Legolas the locket. The locket depicts his wife and son, ...
  • 133k
38 votes

Could the gold actually kill Smaug?

It might actually kill Smaug, though for completely different reasons than what the movie scene suggests. As already said, the temperature of molten gold should hardly be impressive to a fire-drake &...
22 votes
Accepted

Does Bard have Númenórean ancestry?

No, the men of Dale aren't of Númenórean stock. They're descended from the Northmen of Rhovanion, the northern... realm ("kingdom" is too organized a term) that ran from the Misty Mountains ...
17 votes

What exactly happened to Thranduil's face while he was arguing with Thorin?

This is discussed in the Director's commentary. Thranduil's prior encounter with dragons (which the Director happily admits is not from the books) was included to explain his deep isolationism and the ...
  • 626k
14 votes

What is the backstory for these two men in The Hobbit?

In a word: Jackson-verse. These Men aren't mentioned at all in The Hobbit book. They were just made-up for Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies. For the first guy: Alleged name: "Bill Ferny Senior" Actor: ...
  • 25.5k
13 votes

Why did Dale have anti-dragon defences?

For reference, I believe this is the weapon you're referring to: This weapon appears similar to the ballista, which was a very real historical weapon, and quite common in ancient Greece and Rome. ...
13 votes

Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?

I do not know the easons why Smaug was depicted as having only two legs in the second and third Hobbit movies. But if being faithful to the book is considered desirable in the Hobbit movies, ...
11 votes
Accepted

Who came up with the Dwarven Windlance?

Peter Jackson personally takes credit for this one in the movie's commentary track. Jackson: You know the black arrow's interesting cause it's gonna, y'know every time I thought about an arrow ...
  • 626k
11 votes

Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?

I would like to complete the other answers with quotes from the book Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon made by Weta Workshop: SIX LIMBS OR FOUR? For Peter, it is never too late to have a good idea. ...
  • 372
9 votes

What inspired Tauriel's story arc?

Tauriel's relationship with Kili is inspired from Gimli's interaction with Galadriel, moreover when he is gifted with three strands of her hair. Philippa Boyens: And she [Tauriel] engages and ...
  • 2,235
8 votes

Who is 'you' in "I See Fire" from "The Desolation of Smaug"?

The opening line indicates who the song is addressed to; The Arkenstone. Oh, misty eye of the mountain below Keep careful watch of my brothers' souls And should the sky be filled with fire and ...
  • 626k
6 votes

Why does Gandalf even draw a sword?

There's no canon answer to this question, but it also doesn't really need one. It's clear from his exchange with Radagast that Gandalf knows Dol Guldur is a dangerous place for him to be: Radagast: ...
5 votes

Timing sequence of Smaug's death

Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens discussed this at some considerable length in the filmmaker's commentary for the Desolation of Smaug. In short, there was studio pressure to leave the film on a ...
  • 626k
5 votes

How much does Beorn know about the Istari?

Does Beorn know what Gandalf is? I think you're overthinking the scene. Nothing in that conversation indicates that Beorn knows anything at all about Gandalf, except that he's an intelligent guy who'...
4 votes

Why does Gandalf even draw a sword?

It looks to me (from that clip) like he goes in expecting to use both staff and sword (or, at least, prepared to do so), but he gets disarmed at the 1′25″ point.  He manages to hold on to the staff, ...
3 votes

Why did Dale have anti-dragon defences?

It's called a Wind Lance and it's specific to the movie. According, to the LOTR wiki article on the weapon, they were installed by the dwarves of Erebor at some point prior to Smaug's attack. No ...
  • 5,071
3 votes

How could Thranduil have met a dragon?

Some people believe that Dragons were not active in Middle-earth beteen the War of Wrath and Third Age 2570. Since the Second Age lasted 3,441 years that is a span of approximately 6011 years. But ...
3 votes

How could Thranduil have met a dragon?

Thranduil also participated in the War of the Last Alliance and barely survived an ill-advised assault his father undertook: ...also they were independent, and not disposed to place themselves ...
  • 201
3 votes

What deviations from the book did the movie "The Desolation of Smaug" have?

This is probably a minor point but Azog was killed years ago.. It's just his son Bolg who shows up during the Battle of Five Armies.
  • 31
3 votes

What exactly happened to Thranduil's face while he was arguing with Thorin?

I read the Silmarillion many years ago, and I immediately assumed, when Thranduil mentioned the serpents of the north, that PJ concocted a history where Thranduil had a run-in with one of the dragons ...
  • 31
2 votes

What exactly happened to Thranduil's face while he was arguing with Thorin?

The book does not refer to any scar or to Thranduil being somehow disabled, but the movie makes it seem so ´cause the Movie!Thranduil has an extensive scar and an apparently blind eye as a result of ...

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible