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Smaug Speaks and More on Aragorn

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug

Yesterday, we posted a recent interview with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), where he said that he has not been asked to be in The Hobbit movies.  Adding to this, in the same interview, Viggo did say that at one point Hobbit producers did approach him about returning to Middle Earth.  Here is what he said,

 “At one point, the producers asked if I would do it and I said sure if Aragorn is supposed to be in the bridge story because he’s not in ‘The Hobbit’.” He added, “I would rather do it than see someone else do it, but I’ve never been asked [formally] and they’re shooting the movie.”  Mortensen also added, “And I will always be grateful that the trilogy was so successful and gave me a lot of new opportunities. I never would have gotten A History of Violence, no matter how much David [Cronenberg] wanted me, had it not been for my newfound notoriety.”

As we said yesterday, do not rule out the possibility that he does make a late appearance, but as of now the outlook is not good.

Not much has been said about one of the most famous Hobbit characters, Smaug.  Benedict Cumberbatch has the tall task of doing both the motion capture and voice of Smaug.  In a recent interview, he talked about his upcoming task.  He said,

 “Preparation for something like that is quite unique. I think it will be partly to go with going back to the book, but I sort of want to look at real life serpents and creatures of that ilk, dragons,” Cumberbatch said. “He’s a reptile, obviously, so it’s not like Andy Serkis’ work with Gollum. I’m going to be on my belly, so that’s going to take a bit of practicing.”

Cumberbatch feels that some people may not see how difficult portraying Smaug will be.

“He’s an exceptionally beautiful, vain, devilish and also, in a lightly weird way, an innocent character. He’s fooled by an invisible midget,” he said. “It’s quite frustrating. There’s something quite exceptional about the power he has over people and the imagination of that world that is unlocked in this story.”

As we said before, be on the lookout for a Hobbit Trailer next month, which should start quite a buzz for Hobbit fans.

  • fantastic! I’ve been waiting to see what/how they would handle Smaug. I would also dearly love to see Viggo put in an appearance for the Bridge. Aragorn was obviously alive and working with the Rangers during the time frame of The Hobbit, so it could fit quite easily IMHO.

  • Bruno Moutinho

    He was not surely working for the rangers O.O
    think with me, he was about 85 in The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit was 70 years before! he should be 15, and I don’t think he started being a ranger so early… but, well… nothing is really impossible, there’s a POSSIBILITY that he was working with the rangers.

  • Bruno, I was referring to the “bridge” time between The Hobbit and LOTR. He appears to have a very good relationship with both Bilbo and Gandalf well previous to Frodo’s appearance in Rivendell, albeit there are about 20 years between the beginning of LOTR to when Frodo leaves the Shire, but I still believe he could fit in there, don’t you think?

  • Lanski_toots

    Aragorn is of the Numenorean race, his ncestor is Elros, the brother of Elrond, the Half Elven (both are half elves but Elrond chose to be an Elf while Elros chose to be a human). he has the blood of an elf, age very slowly and have an abnormally long life… All descendant of Elros live a very long time and it is not impossible for Aragorn to be present the the Hobbit time Frame…..

  • Kenobi1985

    Aragorn is ten in 2941 (when the events of The Hobbit take place). The Lord of the Rings begins sixty years later (3001). Aragorn shows up in the story seventeen years later, making Aragorn 87 when the Fellowship is formed in 3018. It’s all in the appendices of The Return of the King, in the chronology of the Third Age.

  • Alex Thomson

    If Aragorn was only fifteen at the time then he wouldn’t be in the film as Aragorn , he would have the name he used in Rivendell until he was twenty, which was Estell i think. He didn’t find out who he actually was until he turned twenty.

  • Veronicapple

    I’ve read “The Hobbit” and I thought that Aragorn did appear in the book (very shortly) when Gandalf left the company at the forest that led to The Lonely Mountain. Aragorn led them a bit and then left them on their own. I could have sworn that Aragorn was spoken of in “The Hobbit” but I could be wrong I guess.

  • Veronicapple

    Alright, I did comment up there just then, and then I read your comment and rendered my own most definitely wrong if yours is right. Then the book must have spoken of some other Ranger of the north, or perhaps a comrade of Aragorn’s…