The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Synopsis: After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?
Director(s): Peter Jackson
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 86 nominations.
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161 min

Tell me...

...why is Azog...

...the Defiler hunting you?

You know of Azog?


My people were the first to live

in the mountains...

...before the Orcs came down

from the North.

The Defiler killed most of my family.

But some he...


Not for work, you understand...

...but for sport.

Caging skin-changers...

...and torturing them

seemed to amuse him.

There are others like you?

Once there were many.

And now?

Now there is only one.

You need to reach...

...the mountain before

the last days of autumn.

Before Durin's Day falls.


You are running out of time.

Which is why we must

go through Mirkwood.

A darkness lies upon that forest.

Fell things creep beneath those trees.

There is an alliance

between the Orcs of Moria...

...and the Necromancer in Dol Guldur.

I would not venture there...

...except in great need.

We will take the Elven Road.

That path is still safe.


The Wood Elves of Mirkwood...

...are not like their kin.

They're less wise...

...and more dangerous.

But it matters not.

What do you mean?

These lands are crawling with Orcs.

Their numbers are growing.

And you are on foot.

You will never reach...

...the forest alive.

I don't like Dwarves.

They're greedy...

...and blind.

Blind to the lives of those they deem...

...lesser than their own.

But Orcs I hate more.

What do you need?

Go now. While you have the light.

Your hunters are not far behind.

The Elven Gate.

Here lies our path...

...through Mirkwood.

No sign of the Orcs.

We have luck on our side.

Set the ponies loose.

Let them return to their master.

This forest...



As if a disease lies upon it.

Is there no way around?

Not unless we go 200 miles north.

Or twice that distance...

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Fran Walsh

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson since 1987. They have two children. more…

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