Holy Smokes! Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals A Major Change to the Finale of THE HOBBIT

Holy Smokes! Benedict Cumberbatch Reveals A Major Change to the Finale of THE HOBBIT

Peter Jackson has figured out a clever way to bridge his two Tolkien franchises, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Click the jump for details.



During a Sherlock Homes set visit with the actor, Empire Magazine was able to pry a piece of juicy info from Benedict about The Hobbit If you're familiar with The Lord of the Rings than read the quote below carefully and try to figure out what the spoiler is.

I’m playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the Five Legions War or something which I’m meant to understand. He’s not actually in the original Hobbit.


When he says, "Five Legion War" he is referring to The Battle of Five Armies which is the final conflict in The Hobbit.

Readers will know that the Necromancer is Sauron, and that Gandalf disappears halfway through (the book of) The Hobbit to lead a coalition force and drive the Necromancer out of his Mirkwood stronghold. But in the book they dispatch the Necromancer back to (as it turns out) Mordor well before the Battle of Five Armies. Here, however, it looks like he's going to turn up to the finale in person, presumably at the head of the goblin and Warg army, and face Gandalf's team there.




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