The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Back in the 1970’s, my father took our family across the country west of the Mississippi. We hit almost every state, staying at KOA Campgrounds with our hand-cranked camper and eating every flavor of Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper and whatever-else-helper there was that came in a box along the way.

It was an epic summer.

It was also the summer that I read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, a collection of tales published after Tolkien’s death by his son, Christopher. The book chronicled the history of Tolkien’s imaginary world, from Creation to all of the events leading up to The War of the Ring, which were the events detailed in the classics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

That summer, I read them all, and thoroughly enjoyed every bit.

Over the years since that summer, I’ve been interested in seeing how modern film-makers have brought the books to the silver screen, and, I have to say, it’s impressive work.

The latest film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is to be released in theaters December 13th of 2013, looks as promising as the others.

Here is Warner Bros sneak-peak look at it’s latest addition to Tolkien’s classic works.