New Set Photos for The Hobbit & Scene Descriptions Involving Bilbo and Gandalf

New Set Photos for The Hobbit & Scene Descriptions Involving Bilbo and Gandalf

New Set Photos for <em>The Hobbit</em> & Scene Descriptions Involving Bilbo and Gandalf

Quint for AICN has just posted his fourth set report for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and it features the first appearance of the Elvish knife, Sting.



This was a great set report by Quint, who relays information on the pivotal scenes involving Bilbo Baggin's finding the Elf made blade, Sting. This is a knife to normal sized people, but for a hobbit it's a sword. This is the same sword that Bilbo passes on to Frodo when he begins his journey in Lord of the Rings. Sting isn't just a common blade, it glows blue to warn of nearby Orcs.

But, that isn't the only weapon that the group comes across while exploring the troll cave. Thorin also comes across his sword the Orchrist, which is also nicknamed the "Biter" by the Goblins of the Misty Mountains.


Quint's Set Report for aintitcool.com
It is Bilbo who finds the entrance to the troll cave, which was a giant rock set out at a sharp angle over the forest floor. A set had been constructed a good 100 feet away, but Peter didn’t like it, so they used this natural spot for the mouth of the cave. There was talk that there might be a new interior set constructed back in Wellington for reverse shots.

As you’d expect, this cave had some good stuff in it. Chests, swords (including a rusty Rohirrim sword) and some dead dudes, like this unfortunate gentleman:


Amongst the stash of treasure and weapons taken from poor dwarves, elves, orcs and men captured and eaten by these trolls is a tiny elvish blade, barely bigger than a dagger for a regular man, but just the right size for a Hobbit.

Unless I’m misremembering Fellowship, Peter Jackson filmed Gandalf handing Sting over to Bilbo to mirror Bilbo giving Frodo the sword in LOTR. In other words, he makes a moment out of it. With the beautiful green forest in the background (cave entrance), Martin reluctantly receives the sword, pulling it slowly out of its sheath.

Thorin gets Orcrist here as well, which you can see him wield in his promo picture by the way. Orcrist is a long, flat blade and they filmed a scene of Richard Armitage swinging it down in a wide arc striking down a leaping evil thing to be added in digitally before all is said and done.



Kili uses a bow and arrow and the rest of the team have their own different weapons, like Graham McTavish’s Dwalin wields two axes and William Kircher’s Bifur more often than not uses stabbing weapons like spears. There’s also single axes, clubs and even cooking spoons as in the case of the fattest of the dwarves, Bombur (Stephen Hunter), who I’m convinced was modeled after Harry.



Gandalf and Radagast share a scene as well. Sylvester McCoy plays Radagast the Brown, a somewhat kooky wizard who is more at home with animals, insects and flora than he is with people.

Based on what I’ve seen over the last few weeks I think it’s going to be a toss up between Bombur and Radagast on who will steal the movie. Bombur is just so loveable and funny and Radagast is ridiculously endearing, an absent-minded St. Francis of Assisi.

Radagast comes with a word of warning that foreshadows some trouble our group will run into later. The words “Mirkwood,” “webs,” “Ungoliant” and “Dol Guldur” are mentioned.

Due to the complexity of shooting a group of different sized races they had to do an effects shot in this location. As Radagast arrives and talks with Gandalf the dwarves look on, distrusting this newly arrived individual. Bilbo is there as well and is obviously taken aback by this weird man (even once pulling an Office and looking at the camera with wide eyes, head slightly shaking… how cool is that?).




As you can see in the picture above he’s mostly being used as Gandalf’s stand in and it’s pretty eerie just how much he looks like Sir Ian when in full Gandalf getup. There are some shots from the side where all you can see is beard, hat and nose and that’s enough to make your brain register Gandalf, even in person.

Paul has worked closely with Sir Ian to make sure his Gandalf moves in much the same way as Sir Ian’s.

Before playing Wizards, Tall Paul was, believe it or not, a cop.


To read more info on Quint's set report click the aintitcool.com link below.

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