Well, the moment Ringers around the world have been waiting for months has finally come. The first trailer of The Hobbit has finally appeared in various cinemas along with Man of Steel just the previous week. So far we’ve been treated for quite a bit of adventure as it is revealed to us what’s in store for us in Desolation of Smaug. We’ve seen Lee Pace in all his costumed glory as Thranduil the elf lord, seen a glimpse of Orlando Bloom who will be once again taking up the bow of the all too familiar Legolas the elf prince, the hot and hotly debated female elf guard Tauriel played by Evangeline Lilly and, of course, there’s the mighty dragon Smaug, often nicknamed “The Wicked Wyrm”, who will be portrayed by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s also apparent that the characters will soon be entering Mirkwood, the home of the wood elves and explore other parts of Dale such as Lake Town, a dwelling of Men near the Misty Mountains and encounter the mighty shape-shifter Beorn somewhere along the way. Familiar scenes from the book, such as Bilbo and the dwarves rolling around a river in barrels as well as Bilbo’s fateful encounter with Smaug has also been featured, resulting in the surprise and delight of many fans. Well, it certainly seems that fans had gotten what they had been hoping for with fans around the world reacting positively to what the trailer has shown them so far.
It also comes as no surprise that Peter Jackson’s films have boosted tourism throughout the islands thanks to the ever growing popularity of film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. Thanks also to making the sets of The Hobbit more durable than the norm, New Zealand even has a running tour of Middle Earth including that of the Green Dragon Inn which many of the characters in Lord of the Rings remember and speak of fondly.