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

I'm dying of thirst over here.

Come on! Come on!

- Here you are.

- Thank you kindly.

- Oh, watch it!

- Sorry, darling.

- There you are.

- Thank you.

Master Stadle.

Mind if I join you?

I'll have the same.

I should introduce myself.

My name is Gandalf.

Gandalf the Grey.

I know who you are.

Well, now. This is a fine chance.

What brings Thorin Oakenshield to Bree?

I received word that my father...

...had been seen wandering...

...the Wilds near Dunland.

I went looking.

I found no sign of him.

Thorin, it's been a long time...

...since anything but rumor was heard...

...of Thrain.

He still lives.

I am sure of it.

My father came to see you

before he went missing.

What did you say to him?

I urged him to march upon Erebor,

to rally...

...the seven armies of the Dwarves... destroy the dragon and take back...

...the Lonely Mountain.

And I would say the same to you.

Take back your homeland.

This is no chance meeting,

is it, Gandalf?


It is not.

The Lonely Mountain troubles me...

...Thorin. That dragon

has sat there long enough.

Sooner or later...

...darker minds will turn towards Erebor.

I ran into some unsavory characters...

...whilst traveling on the Greenway.

They mistook me for a vagabond.

I imagine they regretted that.

One of them was carrying a message.

It is Black Speech.

A promise of payment.

For what?

Your head.

Someone wants you dead.

Thorin, you can wait no longer.

You are...

...the heir to the Throne of Durin.

Unite the armies of the Dwarves.

Together, you have the might and power... retake Erebor.

Summon a meeting

of the seven Dwarf families.

Demand they stand by their oath.

The seven armies swore that oath

to the one who wields the King's Jewel.

The Arkenstone.

It is the only thing that will...

...unite them,

and in case you have forgotten...

...that jewel was stolen by Smaug.

What if I were to help you reclaim it?


The Arkenstone lies half a world away...

...buried beneath the feet

of a fire-breathing dragon.

Yes, it does.

Which is why we're going to need a burglar.

How close is the pack?

Too close. A couple of leagues, no more.

But that's not the worst of it.

- Have the Wargs picked up our scent?

- Not yet. But they will do.

- We have another problem.

- Did they see you?

They saw you.

No, that's not it.

What did I tell you?

Quiet as a mouse.

Excellent burglar material.

Will you listen? Will you just...


I'm trying to tell you

there is something else out there.

What form did it take?

Like a bear?

Ye... Yes, but bigger.

Much bigger.

You knew about this beast?

I say we double back.

And be run down by a pack of Orcs?

There is a house...'s not far from here,

where we might take refuge.

Whose house?

Are they friend or foe?


He will help us or...

...he will kill us.

What choice do we have?


Come on!

This way! Quickly!


Bombur, come on!

To the house!


Come on, get inside.

Open the door!


- Push!

- Push!


Come on, lads!

What is...


That is our host.

His name is Beorn.

And he's a skin-changer.

Sometimes he's a huge black bear.

Sometimes he's a great strong man.

The bear is unpredictable...

...but the man can be reasoned with.


...he is not overfond of Dwarves.

He's leaving.

Come away from there.

It's not natural. None of it.

It's obvious. He's under some...

...dark spell.

Don't be a fool.

He's under no enchantment but his own.

All right, now get some sleep. All of you.

You'll be safe here tonight.

I hope.

So you are the one they call Oakenshield.

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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