So far, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has proven to be a huge success and there is little question that the up and coming sequels will definitely receive a warm welcome with Desolation of Smaug, the seconds installment, coming this year in December and the third, There and Back Again, coming late next year. So far, we’ve followed Bilbo and company travel through Middle Earth in their quest to reclaim the dwarven kingdom of Erebor from the clutches of the greedy and ferocious dragon Smaug. On their way there, they encounter roving bands of orcs, some of which were the same orcs that killed Thorin Oakenshield’s grandfather Thror in the Misty Mountains. What little we know is that The Necromancer is up to something in the ruins of Dol Goldur and that Gandalf is now convincing other powerful beings into helping the company of dwarves in their quest although so far his only allies on the matter are Radagast and perhaps Galadriel.
Well, for those who have read the book, you definitely know that Bilbo and his new friends are in a heap of even more trouble as they must now go to confront the mighty dragon himself within the mountains. Waiting for their company of fourteen (fifteen if you add Gandalf), are the orcs which include Azog the Defiler who is hungry for blood now that Thorin has managed to cut off his arm and elude him just when he thought that he could finally get revenge on the dwarf and then there’s the dragon of Smaug waiting within the halls of Erebor, laying among the treasures of the devastated dwarven kingdom. We’ve seen little of the dragon so far but it’s quite apparent that he’ll be one of the most challenging enemies that Bilbo and his companions will face.
Unfortunately, we’ve only seen little of the actual dragon in the films and so far all we’ve seen are some of his limbs, his back, his nostrils and an eye, although this is actually all that’s seen of him in Tolkien’s sketches. For those who are interested, there is even a planned up and coming calendar featuring Smaug in the artwork by Jemima Catlin in 2014, a truly must-have for all you fans of the franchise. Jemima Catlin is already noted for her outstanding visual artworks featuring the people and places of Middle Earth.