Orcs and Tauriel Concept Art for THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Orcs and Tauriel Concept Art for THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Hit the jump to check out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug character designs for various Orcs, Azog's Lieutenant, Thranduil, Elven Palace Guards and Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all - a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars (in alphabetical order) John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/11/2014, 2:19 PM
So great
batz11 - 3/11/2014, 2:21 PM
What a job, being a concept artist...amazing stuff...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/11/2014, 2:26 PM
You have to have one hell of an imagination
Klone - 3/11/2014, 2:48 PM
Smaug elevated this from being a mere "meh" flick in my opinion.
SauronsBANE - 3/11/2014, 2:50 PM
The Orcs from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, and especially Return of the King, were just so incredible. The concept art here is pretty great, but I'll never agree with why the filmmakers decided to use CGI for the bodies (but mostly the heads) of the Orcs and Goblins in The Hobbit. I get that they wanted to show emotion more fluidly and realistically, but the prosthetics in the original trilogy did the job just as well, if not better.

The over-reliance on CGI just made the Orcs and Goblins look ridiculous. Give me real sets, real prosthetics and make-up, and real actors any day over video-game creations.
Klone - 3/11/2014, 2:52 PM

The ridiculous bit in the film was in the factory section of Erebor after Thorin starts surfing on gold: the structure Bilbo is on begins crumbling and the way he falls and rolls off without as much as small bruise looks silly.
SauronsBANE - 3/11/2014, 2:58 PM
The molten rivers of gold just looked so terrible. It's funny, because I couldn't help but compare that to the molten gold from the first season of Game of Thrones, when Khal Drogo makes a "golden crown" for a certain character. THAT looked real.

And by now I've reluctantly accepted that the characters in The Hobbit will never get any injuries unless it's convenient for the plot or so they can have little minor scars and cuts that makes them look "bad-ass," no matter what crazy dangerous situations they go through. Logic has been completely thrown out the window at this point.
datNAMEtho - 3/11/2014, 3:05 PM
Loved the film! Cannot wait to see it again, but on blu-ray!!! SMAUG RULES
panathatube - 3/11/2014, 3:38 PM
@Sauron I agree 100%. Azog felt totally fake, and he was the arch villain! The goblin king looked ridiculous, and the wargs new design seemed stupid with that evil grin... They reminded me of Wile e coyote...
AlexanderLykins - 3/11/2014, 6:30 PM
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was made with love and care. The actors went on a journey that has been replaced with a CGI crapfest. The Hobbit movies are total cash-grabs. They brought Peter back, probably gave him a limited budget, and told him to make movies. The CGI on the Orcs is joke along with the CGI in most of the movies. Making one book into three or four movies is a joke. All around these movies will never have anything on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Sorry for venting but it's extremely frustrating coming from a Tolkien fan. I could take the changes in Lord of the Rings but it seems like no care as been taken in making these movies.

The Legolas/Tauriel/Kili love triangle is just terrible. The potty joke humor isn't needed. Playing up on the One Ring and it's "importance" in the movies is a just outstandingly awful writing. Everything about these movies is lazy.
Brady1138 - 3/11/2014, 6:47 PM
Say what you want about these Hobbit movies compared to LOTR, they're still better than most generic blockbuster/action/superhero movies nowadays.
SauronsBANE - 3/11/2014, 6:49 PM
*Standing Ovation*

panathatube and AlexanderLykins get it. Well said. Couldn't possibly agree more with both of you.

The fact that they changed what was planned to be 2 movies into 3 at the VERY last minute is all the proof anyone needs that The Hobbit movies weren't handled as carefully or as properly as they should've. The first Hobbit movie was probably one of the biggest disappointments for me personally, because it didn't even come close to touching the quality of LotR.

Honestly, it really is the Star Wars prequels all over again. Overabundance of CGI ruins all of the consistency between the trilogies (to the point where one can't possibly believe that Boromir's noble death scene in FotR could've EVER taken place in the same universe as Bombur rolling around in his barrel, killing off Orcs by the dozens...by ACCIDENT), silliness and grade-school humor are shoehorned in to appeal to wider demographics, and countless winks and nods at the old trilogy are unnecessarily and insultingly thrown in simply because they can be, and because the filmmakers believe we'll immediately love this trilogy because it seems familiar enough with the old one.

Just terrible. Mind-numbingly terrible.
case - 3/11/2014, 8:02 PM
I reckon they're alright.

Better than not having hobbit movies...
Danbojohnj - 3/11/2014, 10:39 PM
Felt like Jackson had the " Eye of the Tiger" when filming LOTR, felt like he was just going through the motions though on the Hobbit. Good films but not great, which is a shame as it's my fave book from when I was a kid.i didn't recognise half of what was going on and the cgi was awful(gold statue?) except maybe Smaug.
Cool art though.

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