Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What Was That Song in The Hobbit Trailer?

It's called Over The Misty Mountains Cold, by (of course) J R R Tolkien.

Bit's highlighted in green are sung in the trailer.

Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To seek our pale enchanted gold.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells,
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught,
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, on twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

Goblets they carved there for themselves,
And harps of gold, where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

The pines were roaring on the heights,
The wind was moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread,
The trees like torches blazed with light.

The bells were ringing in the dale,
And men looked up with faces pale.
The dragon's ire, more fierce than fire,
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

The mountain smoked beneath the moon.
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled the hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.

Far over the Misty Mountains grim,
To dungeons deep and caverns dim,
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!

The wind was on the withered heath,
But in the forest stirred no leaf:
There shadows lay be night or day,
And dark things silent crept beneath.

The wind came down from mountains cold,
And like a tide it roared and rolled.
The branches groaned, the forest moaned,
And leaves were laid upon the mould.

The wind went on from West to East;
All movement in the forest ceased.
But shrill and harsh across the marsh,
Its whistling voices were released.

The grasses hissed, their tassels bent,
The reeds were rattling—on it went.
O'er shaken pool under heavens cool,
Where racing clouds were torn and rent.

It passed the Lonely Mountain bare,
And swept above the dragon's lair:
There black and dark lay boulders stark,
And flying smoke was in the air.

It left the world and took its flight
Over the wide seas of the night.
The moon set sale upon the gale,
And stars were fanned to leaping light.

Under the Mountain dark and tall,
The King has come unto his hall!
His foe is dead, the Worm of Dread,
And ever so his foes shall fall!

The sword is sharp, the spear is long,
The arrow swift, the Gate is strong.
The heart is bold that looks on gold;
The dwarves no more shall suffer wrong.

The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

On silver necklaces they strung
The light of stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, from twisted wire
The melody of harps they wrung.

The mountain throne once more is freed!
O! Wandering folk, the summons heed!
Come haste! Come haste! Across the waste!
The king of friend and kin has need.

Now call we over the mountains cold,
'Come back unto the caverns old!'
Here at the gates the king awaits,
His hands are rich with gems and gold.

The king has come unto his hall
Under the Mountain dark and tall.
The Worm of Dread is slain and dead,
And ever so our foes shall fall!

Farewell we call to hearth and hall!
Though wind may blow and rain may fall,
We must away, ere break of day
Far over the wood and mountain tall.

To Rivendell, where Elves yet dwell
In glades beneath the misty fell.
Through moor and waste we ride in haste,
And whither then we cannot tell.

With foes ahead, behind us dread,
Beneath the sky shall be our bed,
Until at last our toil be passed,
Our journey done, our errand sped.

We must away! We must away!
We ride before the break of day!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer - Now With Video

Here's the embed I promised. I love this trailer. Some of the scenes from this drip of magic! And the last 10 second - chills! Enough words, just watch (if you haven't watched it 20 times already like I have):

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part VII

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part VI

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part V

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part IV

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part III

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part II

Hobbit Trailer Screenshots Part I

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer

Until I get an embed check it out here:


This Hobbit Trailer Release Isn't Going Quite As Planned

Hmm, the page you’re looking for can’t be found.

LOTR Lego Set Analysis Part III - Uruk-hai Army

Honestly, set 9471 Uruk-hai Army is pretty underwhelming. It's basically a castle wall, 2 Rohirrim soldiers (one on a horse) and a bunch of Uruk-hai. One neat this is the special shield sculpt for the Uruk-hai, but that only aggravates me further when it comes to the weapons. I know these are VERY early mock-ups but the lack of a special weapon for Frodo (STING!) or the rest of the Fellowship will dissapoint. We can make a special shield, but not a special sword, for one of the most beloved franchises of all time!?! Come on, Lego!!!! It's not like I'm asking you to invent plastic that will glow blue when Orks are near!!!

The one item that interests me is the horse. To be frank, I'm not a fan of Lego horses. It's not that I hate horses, I just have TOO MANY!!! Seriously I've got these little guys everywhere. A special sculpt would be AWESOME and add variety to any castle or old west theme. Now, I'm curious if what I'm seeing is actually a new sculpt, or just a computer rendered picture of a Lego horse. In Lego promotional images the minifigs are computer rendered, which means their little legs bend and put them in cool little poses. I'm hoping this isn't just a cool pose to sell the toy, but a Lego horse that is actually reared up for battle!!!

New horse? You be the judge.

LOTR Lego Set Analysis Part II - Shelob Attacks

Now let's move on to 9470 Shelob Attacks!!! This set is basically a model of Shelob, Frodo and Sam minifigs, and Gollum in a little cave. I'm not too impressed with Shelob, she reminds me of the Aragog model in the Harry Potter sets. How many ways can you make a giant Lego spider, really? Sam holds the Light of Eärendil, which in Lego world is just a Lego gem.

My favorite reveal in this set is a special sculpt for Lego Gollum! One of my biggest worries was that he'd end up a minifigure like Lego Dobby. Fortunately, it looks like (from the fuzzy little pictures) that he will have a special body sculpt! This is the neatest thing I've seen in the Shelob Attacks set, and I can't WAIT to see a full, detailed, high quality reveal!

Lego Dobby - BAD

Lego Gollum - GOOD

Stay tuned for Part III of my LOTR Lego Set Analysis!

Lego Set Pictures Revealed!

And . . I'm not going to post them here. I'm pretty sure some Lego lawyers are typing up some cease and desist letters in a hurry today. What I am going to do, however, is talk about some of the coolest bits I've seen in each set!!! I like to search for little details, to see what new pieces are going to be included or used in a unique way. One thing I noticed on all sets that kinda bugs me is a lack of original swords like Sting. I mean, this is one of the most famous swords in pop culture and we can't get a tiny Lego mold of it? I may have to dig deeper on this one. Anyway, here is my set analysis, part I.

Lets start with everyone's favorite Wizard (to hell with Harry Potter), Gandalf the Grey!!! His set is 9469 Gandalf Arrives, and it includes the man himself, plus Frodo and his little wagon. It seems like a bunch of pretty standard lego pieces. I can't tell if they're using the usual Lego beard on Gandalf yet, but I hope it's something special. I'm not a huge fan of the curly-tipped Wizard beard we've been using for decades. The detail I loved the most, though, was what appears to be one of those new Ninjago snakes for the big dragon firework sticking out of his cart. That would be the one Merry and Pippin launched through the tent roof during Fellowship of the Ring. Here's a sneak peek:

Doesn't that look like one of those new Ninjago snakes?

Be sure to come back for Part II!

Bilbo Baggins

Check out this great new picture of Bilbo with the dwarves. Every time one little piece of information about The Hobbit is release my inner-geek have a little meltdown! Martin Freeman really looks like a young Ian Holm, I can't wait to see him in action. The first trailer is supposed to be released tonight, I'll be sure to post it here when it is.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Lego Lord of the Rings is Coming!

Lego has officially announced that sets based on Lord or the Rings and the upcoming Hobbit movies (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again) will be release Summer 2012! This is a great time to be a Lord of the Rings fan AND a Lego fan! The official site is up, you can check it out at http://thelordoftherings.lego.com. Be sure to come back to Lego Hobbit for more news at it becomes available.