Ringers, Hobbiteers, and Tolkienites, let’s talk about the dragon.
Better known to Tumblr as “Smauglock.”
As someone who has been waiting for The Hobbit for over a decade, I can readily admit that I’ve put a lot of thought into how Smaug the Tremendous should be portrayed.
And by whom.
Now, to my mind, a dragon should be large with an allover terrifying demeanor. If I were
MartinFreemanJohnWatson Bilbo Baggins, I would be positively quaking in my boots if I came across:
There he lay, a vast red-golden dragon, fast asleep; a thrumming came from his jaws and nostrils, and wisps of smoke, but his fires were low for slumber. Beneath him, under all his limbs and his huge coiled tail, and about him on all sides stretching away across the unseen floors, lay countless piles of precious things, gold wrought and unwrought, gems and jewels, and silver red-stained in the ruddy light.
So, Peter Jackson, congrats on making a dragon that looks like a dragon. I’m appropriately terrified (although the Smauglock jokes in my head are running rampant…I wonder if there are fanfics about this. Probably. When did this become stream of consciousness?).
So what does a dragon sound like?
Like Benedict Cumberbatch, apparently. Cue this video to start at 1:55.
The Collectiva Diva insists that Benedict’s voice sounds like a jaguar trapped in a cello. After watching that trailer, I’m inclined to think that his voice is like a dragon that swallowed a harp. That purr…I’ve never been sexually attracted to a creation of CGI, but I’m certain that’s about to change by next week.
Nerd confession: I’ve watched that trailer 58 times.
-The Tolkienizing Collectress