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First Empire Mag Cover for 'The Desolation of Smaug' Only Has Elves

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June 24, 2013
Source: Empire

The Desolation of Smaug Elves

Here come the elves. Unless you really, really love the elves, don't get too excited by the news that Empire has debuted their new cover for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This first cover is devoid of any hint of Bilbo Baggins or Thorin Oakenshield or even Gandalf (likely all contracted for their own covers sometime this summer), instead it features three of the Elves from Middle-Earth: Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Orlando Bloom as Legolas (front and center), and Lee Pace as Thranduil. Bloom gets to draw his bow and stand up front with it, while the others have boring poses. I hope this isn't the only cover.

Here's the new cover for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (trailer) - click below for more on Empire:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cover

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit... J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 13th.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Some one's head is way too long!!!
  • JBrotsis
    Evangeline Lily, ahhhh...heavenly.
    • DAVIDPD
      Shame her film career has not really taken off. I mean it's really just been Rock'em Sock'em Robot movie and this in terms of name value roles. And I couldn't even remember Rock'em Sock'em Robot movie's title. // Good thing she will always have LOST money.
      • Sky
        Its Rock'em Sock'em Robots The Movie... I hope she keeps popping up, shes a lot hotter and a better actress than most of the horrible women in Hollywood movies now a days Reel Steel!!!!!!
  • Blackwater
    Nothing to get excited about here - one holdover to pander to LOTR fans wearing guyliner, a once-in-a-while sharp-faced actress with dark roots, and the only character actually in the book isn't even front and center.
    • PanGoat
      I really wish I could figure out this hue and cry over "they aren't in the book" clamour. The Silvan elves ARE in the book. It's just that they are named. But it makes little sense to make a film and NOT include 'characters' that the audience can relate to. So give her a name and some lines fer christsake. As to Legolas - he IS a Sindar elf and his father rules the Silvan elves in Mirkwood. If the dwarves are going to go into Mirkwood then they are going to meet Thranduil and his son. And without giving to much away -- Thranduil (and son) do have a fairly major role in the story after the Dwarves leave for Erebor. IMHO not so much 'pandering to the fans' but honoring the author !

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