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In the Lord of the Rings films, the scale illusion was accomplished by playing hobbit or dwarf actors further away from the camera than Ian McKellen, but still live on the same set. This time, however, the illusion had to be accomplished by having the other actors on a completely different set, while McKellen performed his, all alone, on a green-screen set, with only an earpiece connecting him to the performance being provided by the rest of the cast. McKellen ended up feeling lonely and frustrated, to cheer him up, the cast and crew snuck into the tent he stayed in during breaks, and decorated it with mementos from the Lord of the Rings films (mainly old props and tapestries from Rivendell and Lothlorien), as well as fresh fruit and flowers.
Gollum only appears in one scene in the book. Andy Serkis completed that scene during the first week of production, but stayed on as Second Unit Director.
Asked how many wizards there are, Gandalf says there are five, naming himself, Saruman, and Radagast, then saying he can't remember the names of the other two, merely saying, "The two blues." Their names, Alatar and Pallando, appear in the book Unfinished Tales, a collection of J.R.R. Tolkien ideas and half-manuscripts edited into book form by his son Christopher Tolkien. The filmmakers didn't have rights to use material from that book, so the two blue wizards remain unnamed in the film.
The elk that Thranduil (Lee Pace) rides on is played by a horse, named Moose.
Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, Ethan Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with Sherlock (2010), but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.
While filming the Battle of Azanulbizar, Richard Armitage smacked himself in the face so hard with his shield that he managed to bite completely through his lower lip. The injury can actually be seen in the finished film. When Azog holds up Thror's severed head, and Thorin screams, the left side of his lower lip is swollen, and there is a pool of blood between his gums and his lip.
Peter Jackson claims that when he called Christopher Lee to invite him to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Lee responded, intimidatingly, "Am I still in the movie?" Lee had originally been slated to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), the final installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical release which caused the actor and director to have a brief falling out.
Aidan Turner, who plays Kili, was cast by Peter Jackson after seeing him on the BBC series Being Human (2008). Turner quit the series in order to be in "The Hobbit."
J.R.R. Tolkien was especially influenced by norse mythology when he named the dwarves. In the literal work "Gylfaginning", which is dated to ca. year 1220, many character names that are featured in the LOTR franchise are named. The following names were dwarves in norse mythology: Dvalinn,Bífurr, Báfurr, Bömburr, Nóri, Óri, Óinn, Gandalfr, Fíli, Kíli, Glóinn, Dóri, Þorinn (pronounced as Thorin). As you can see, even Gandalf (Gandalfr) is named after a dwarf from norse mythology.
Frodo (Elijah Wood), Saruman (Christopher Lee), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) are all returning characters from the Lord of the Rings films though none of them actually appear in the book The Hobbit. This is the same for Radagast (Sylvester McCoy), who is only mentioned in The Hobbit but does not actually appear until The Lord of the Rings. Conversely however, Radagast was omitted from The Lord of the Rings films.
The sequence between Bilbo and Gollum was filmed in complete takes, with the actors performing the entire scene from beginning to end like a stage play over the course of two weeks. It was at the beginning of production, and Peter Jackson wanted to help Martin Freeman settle into the role of Bilbo.
Peter Jackson is the third director after James Cameron and Christopher Nolan to make 2 films that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide (As of April 2013, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has grossed $1,016,944,389 worldwide.).
Gloin, played by Peter Hambleton, is father of Gimli, the character portrayed by John Rhys-Davies in the Lord of the Rings films. The same axe is wielded by both dwarves.
The first roar we hear from Smaug in the first scene of Smaug's attack on Erebor is actually a sound-bite of the SFX Director's 7 year old daughter "roaring". It was manipulated and corrected to sound like a dragon and was put in the movie.
Some chapter titles from the book are mentioned in dialogue, such as "a merry gathering" and "out of the frying pan and into the fire" and "roast mutton."
Thranduil, the father of Legolas, first appeared in the Hobbit book simply as "The Elven King" with no mention of his real name. It is only in The Lord of the Rings, when Legolas first appears in the books, that he is identified as the Son of Thranduil of Mirkwood. When Legolas enters Lothlorien in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Haldir greets him in Elvish as "Legolas Thranduillion." which is Sindarin for "Legolas, Son of Thranduil."
Saruman, Gandalf and Radagast are also known as "the white", "the gray" and "the brown", respectively. These nicknames match straightly with their clothes and hair. In addition, Saruman is the only one not having hat or cloak over his head, a symbol of his status as leader of the wizards.
Stephen Hunter (Bombur) caught the egg thrown into his mouth on the first take but was unable to catch it on subsequent takes. Therefore the take used was the first one.
Aidan Turner (Kili) is the only dwarf actor sporting his real facial hair, the other 12 all have fake beards or other kinds of fake facial hair.
Bombur only says one line during the entire movie.
Contrary to popular belief, Cate Blanchett was not placed on a swivel platform, in order to create the delicate turn of her entrance. Merely, she just rotated her body, without any help from a prop.
This is the first Middle-Earth film directed by Peter Jackson that does not have any speaking characters that are ordinary humans, known in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien as the "race of Men." Some men appear in the opening flashback but do not speak. Hobbits are technically descended from the race of Men, and Wizards are strictly not man even though they appear so.
Both Ian Holm and Christopher Lee filmed their scenes at London's Pinewood Studios because health concerns left them uncomfortable with flying to New Zealand.
In the second trailer, Gandalf can be heard saying, "Home is behind you, the world ahead..." this is a quote from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, written by J.R.R. Tolkien for the books; it is part of a poem which Bilbo sings upon his departure from The Shire, however in the movies it is a line Pippin sings to Denethor in Return of the King
Despite appearing in all three films of the trilogy, Cate Blanchett was on set for only 8 days of the production.
The method of creating hobbit feet was changed for this film. For the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the prosthetic feet only fitted over the actors' feet, requiring them to be re-applied after periods of walking in them. For this film, the prosthetic went all the way up to the actors' (Martin Freeman, Ian Holm and Elijah Wood) knees.
Dwalin uses two large battle axes in combat. Graham McTavish suggested to Peter Jackson that the axes each be named after Emily Brontë's dogs, "Grasper" and "Keeper". Jackson went for the idea & Dwalin's axes were engraved with both names in Dwarvish runes. He also named his knuckledusters "Insult" and "Injury."
Even though Bombur has no lines, and Bifur can only speak Khudzul, Stephen Hunter and William Kircher both learned to speak in a Northern Irish accent, to match James Nesbitt's natural accent.
The first movie in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth franchise without Oscar wins (it was nominated in three categories but failed to win in any).
Richard Armitage has said that his first experience acting on stage was playing an elf in a theatrical production of The Hobbit.
Christopher Lee (Saruman) once commented that he would have loved to voice the Dragon Smaug in a film adaptation of 'The Hobbit'. Instead, he voiced the dragon-like Jabberwocky in Alice in Wonderland (2010).
Richard Armitage's (Thorin Oakenshield) wig was the only one of the Dwarf wigs to be made entirely of human hair.
Dwarvish was designed by J.R.R. Tolkien to sounds like a Semitic language, and the history of the dwarves themselves resembles that of the ancient Hebrews.
Like the previous adaptation, The Hobbit (1977), made for television, the trolls in this film are played by actors who also play members of the company of dwarves.
Ori, the Scribe, is the Dwarf that wrote the book that Gandalf reads in the Mines of Moria, in The Fellowship of the Ring. His body is also seen in the scene. Balin is the Dwarf whose grave is featured in the same scene.
This is the second film in which Saruman considers a fellow wizard to be mentally inept due to plant consumption. In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) he suggests that pipeweed has slowed Gandalf's mind. Here, he suggests mushrooms have rendered Radagast a fool.
Azog was a last minute digital addition to the film. He was originally an actor in prosthetics, but Peter Jackson found the effect lacking presence, and had Weta create a digital character, mo-capped by actor Manu Bennett, and insert the character over the previously-filmed live Azog footage. The original Azog appears in the film as Yazneg, the ill-fated Orc lieutenant.
There are no curves or circles in Dwarvish architecture, and most objects of Dwarvish origin are polygonal. This also is evident in the Dwarvish script which appears on the map of the Lonely Mountain.
Was released the same year as the novel's 75th anniversary.
The Hobbit is the first feature film to be shot and projected at 48 frames per second, twice as fast as the industry standard of 24 frames. The intention of this is to provide the film smoother, more realistic motion with reduced strobing. This is particularly beneficial when viewing the film in 3D, as the higher frame rate helps to correctly synchronize the images for each eye. There were controversies about the frame rate with many viewers complaining about the poor quality in certain theatres due to improper equipment and inexperienced projectionists not knowing how to make proper adjustments.
When Gandalf is in Bag End in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Bilbo offers him Winyard wine but he instead asks for tea. In this film, Gandalf is offered tea (by Dori) but instead asks for wine.
The opening scenes, in which Ian Holm plays the older Bilbo, do not appear in the book, which is told in present-time, not as a flashback. Shortly after the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Holm recorded similar scenes; this time as Frodo; for inclusion in a new boxed set version of the BBC Radio version of The Lord of the Rings.
This movie went through several stages of pre-production hell, including separate legal disputes between New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, and Tolkien family members which complicated production. When MGM finally moved the project forward in 2008 more complications ensued when MGM entered bankruptcy and froze production, causing director Guillermo del Toro to step down after three years of pre-production. Later, it was almost cast out of New Zealand when several unions and guilds blacklisted the project and shooting was delayed again while Peter Jackson recovered from surgery from a perforated ulcer.
The first movie in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings franchise not to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy films were all longer as they progressed (178 minutes, 179 minutes, and the last being 201 minutes). Conversely, The Hobbit trilogy films were all shorter as they progressed (169 minutes, 161 minutes, and the last being 144 minutes).
Jed Brophy, who plays Nori, is the only dwarf who also appears in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, although this is the first time we see his face. If you listen to the Writers and Director commentary on the extended version of The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson identifies him several times as playing various orcs and background people, including Sharku the Warg Rider, the orc that Aragorn fights in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)' cliff scene.
Peter Jackson was hospitalized in January 2011 for a perforated stomach ulcer, which just so happened to be one of the contributing causes of J.R.R. Tolkien's death. Luckily, it was caught in time and surgery went smoothly, with the only impact on production being pushing back principal photography by a month so Jackson could recover before putting himself under three more years of constant stress.
Smaug only appears as an eye in this movie because Peter Jackson had not yet decided on the look of his body.
Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) was previously considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
Bret McKenzie who plays the elf Lindir, previously appeared as a different elf character in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). His character in the Lord of the Rings movies was officially unnamed during production, but was informally dubbed "Figwit" (which stood for "Frodo is grea [sic]...who is THAT?!?") by fans, and Peter Jackson has accepted the use of that name.
All cast members (including the extras) wore wigs in the film, except Den Hannah who played Old Took.
In spite of the quote "Out of the frying pan and into the fire," if you look closely in the climatic sequence, the area is shaped to look like that of a frying pan, with the tree hanging over the cliff face resembling a handle.
One of the dwarves tells Bilbo that his sword is "more of a letter opener." One of the merchandise items sold in connection with the film is, in fact, a letter opener modeled after Sting.
The voice of the ailing hedgehog Sebastian was provided by Teddy Bear the porcupine from Zooniversity in Texas.
In 2009 an Internet rumor linked David Tennant to the role of Bilbo Baggins, after he and Peter Jackson both appeared at Comic Con. Both Tennant and Jackson denied this rumor, stating he was never under consideration for the role. However, in 2010 Tennant was considered for the role of Thranduil, but had to turn it down when his then-girlfriend (later wife) Georgia Moffett unexpectedly became pregnant which prevented him from taking part in film's lengthy New Zealand shooting schedule.
Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer) both star together in the BBC production of Sherlock (2010); Cumberbatch plays the title role with Freeman playing Dr. Watson.
Robert Kazinsky was cast as Fili and had filmed a few scenes, but left the project and returned to England about a month after filming started due to personal reasons. He was replaced by Dean O'Gorman.
This film and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) wrapped on July 6, 2012 after 266 days of principal photography.
John Rhys-Davies declined to reprise his role as Gimli, because he was unwilling to go through the make-up process again.
WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when the group are fighting their way out of Goblin Town, one of the goblins knocked off the gangway makes the sound.
This is not the first of Peter Jackson's pet projects where he has asked Guillermo del Toro to direct; del Toro was also offered to helm the now troubled Halo movie, but he turned it down to direct his own pet project Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). Del Toro did accept the chance to direct this film, but after years stuck in pre-production limbo, he left to pursue other projects.
There was no doubt that Ian McKellen would reprise his role as Gandalf. Peter Jackson said to him, "You must play Gandalf, whether I direct it or not".
This film was shot on thirty Red Epic cameras, the newest model of the Red Camera available at the time.
According to Peter Jackson, the Goblin Town sequence was initially imagined as a lot more gory, especially concerning the disembowelment of the Goblin King, but the PG-13 rating nulled those plans.
The subtitle "An Unexpected Journey" does not appear until 13 minutes into the film.
This is the second "prequel trilogy" that Richard Armitage and Christopher Lee have been involved in. Armitage appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), while Lee appeared in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
Viggo Mortensen declined to reprise his role as Aragorn, citing that Aragorn wasn't in the book.
The 3D IMAX prints consisted of 98 reels (49 per eye), totaling over 21.5 miles of combined film length.
In 2008 when New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. refused to pay the Tolkien Estate the money that they owed them (including for The Lord of the Rings). What followed was two and a half years of everything spiralling out of control, not only sending the film into Development Hell but causing Guillermo del Toro to leave production after having been attached to it. To make matters worse, these legal issues got so bad that it would have taken the production out of New Zealand entirely. Only when Peter Jackson decided to come back to the director's chair in late 2009 was everything sorted out.
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When Bilbo points his sword at Gollum, and Gollum gawks at it and backs away in fear; this is evident to the scene in the Two Towers, where Frodo (Elijah Wood) threatens Gollum with the same sword his uncle used, saying the line, "This is Sting. You've seen it before, haven't you?" The film shows that Gollum indeed has seen Sting prior Frodo's time.
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Christopher Lee loved telling stories to the production crew while filming his part, to the point that it was slowing down production on that day.
The first of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth films that does not incorporate the film's subtitle into a line of dialogue.
The only film in the series to not feature Legolas.
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Balin and Dwalin's headbutt references a behind-the-scenes tradition amongst the LOTR stuntmen (and Viggo Mortensen).
Jed Brophy appears in this film as Nori. His son Sadwyn Brophy appeared as Eldarion in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Jed himself also appeared in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) as various Orcs.
Although having a big part in the movie, Azog is only mentioned once in the book written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Some scenes of Robert Kazinsky as Fíli are still in the film. When the Dwarves begin singing "Misty Mountains," Fíli is in the foreground, and although he is in shadow, his face is still noticeably different from the way it looks in the rest of the film.
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Radagast (Sylvester McCoy, né Percy Kent-Smith) allows animals to hide in various parts of his robes. While his friendship with animals is consistent with the book, this may also be a nod to Kent-Smith's early stage act, Sylveste [sic] McCoy (from which he took his professional name), in which he stuffed ferrets down his trousers.
It was to decided to CGI Azog, Bolg, and the orcs, with the decision with Bolg being made so suddenly that whole sequences had to be re-shot, which is why in the trailers Azog is the one chasing the dwarves but in the film it's Bolg.
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Luke Evans (Bard) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) also appeared together in The Three Musketeers (2011). A previous version of this story, The Three Musketeers (1973)/The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) featured Christopher Lee (Saruman) as Count Rochefort.
Bill Bailey auditioned for the role of Gloin. In Spaced (1999) he plays a character named Bilbo, named after this film's title character.
Three of the actors in this film have played enemies of the comic book hero Captain America:

-Sir Christopher Lee (the wizard Saruman) played General Miguel in Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979).

-Hugo Weaving (the elf Elrond) played the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

-Richard Armitage (the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield) played assassin Heinz Kruger alongside Weaving in the same film.

-Martin Freeman is also scheduled to appear in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
The costumes for each of the Dwarves included six wigs and eight beards, which were worn by the actors, stunt doubles, and stand-ins.
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The Trolls were voiced and portrayed through motion capture by three of the Dwarf actors: Peter Hambleton (Glóin), Mark Hadlow (Dori), and William Kircher (Bifur).
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Martin Freeman previously appeared in Hot Fuzz (2007), which featured cameos by director Peter Jackson as "Santa Claus," Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) as a CSI, and Bill Nighy (who played Sam Gamgee on BBC Radio) as a police officer. He also appeared in Shaun of the Dead (2004), also opposite Nighy, as well as Penelope Wilton, who had been married to the previous Bilbo, Ian Holm.
When Bilbo falls down in the goblin tunnels after he slips away from Gollum, he catches the ring on his finger the same way Frodo did in the Prancing Pony in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
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Philippa Boyens expressed regret that Guillermo del Toro's version of the film remained unmade. She revealed that it would have had a different script and visual elements, and would more closely have resembled a fairy tale. Boyens stated that the most significant script change was to Bilbo's characterisation: "It shifted and changed into someone who, rather than being slightly younger and more innocent in the world, once had a sense of longing for adventure and has lost it and become fussy and fusty."
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Graham McTavish gave the idea of naming Dwalin's axes Grasper and Keeper, as a homage to Emily Brontë's dogs.
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During the early phases of writing The Hobbit novel, J.R.R. Tolkien considered naming the wizard (Gandalf) Thorin. As a reference to this, Peter Jackson wrote a scene where Bilbo accidentally calls Gandalf Thorin. The scene was filmed, but later abandoned because Peter Jackson thought it may look stupid and in the movie confuse the audience.
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Dan Hennah, who portrayed as the Old Took in the film, was the only actor the Middle-earth saga not to wear a wig.
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The studio only gave Peter Jackson and Weta six months of pre-production and told him to start filming immediately afterwards or else.
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Ron Perlman was up for a role when Guillermo del Toro was set as director, but left after del Toro did as well.
Guillermo del Toro's intended cast included Brian Blessed as Thorin, Doug Jones as Thranduil, Ian McShane as an unspecified dwarf (Del Toro described him as 'the perfect dwarf') and 'Ron Perlman' as Beorn.
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Ian McKellen and Sylvester McCoy had previously co-starred in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of King Lear. McKellen played the title role, while McCoy played The Fool.
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Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Ian Holm have all played Shakespeare's King Richard III.
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John Callen (Oin) auditioned for the role of Radagast and the voice of Smaug.
Gollum says "Precious" twelve times in the film.
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Saoirse Ronan was considered for the role of a young elf, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and long production schedule.
Gandalf makes a count of the dwarfs by three times: in Bilbo's house, when they arrive in the Hidden Valley (just before they arrive in Rivendell) and when they leave the Goblin King's cavern.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked the New Zealand government to investigate allegations that 27 animals used for the film died due to poor living conditions. Claims also include sheep falling into sinkholes, chickens being mauled by unsupervised dogs, a horse falling over a steep embankment, and another one being left on the ground for three hours after being hobbled. PETA says that instead of "vainly defending himself", Peter Jackson should be giving a "firm assurance that this will never happen again". They also called Jackson a "CGI master", stating that he could easily make convincing CGI animals, instead of using actual ones. Peter Jackson denied these allegations in a press conference hours before the premiere of the film stating that there was "Absolutely none; no mistreatment, no abuse". Warner Bros. also released a statement which joined Jackson in denying the allegations, questioning the timing and claiming the primary source of the allegations could be traced to freelance animal wranglers who were dismissed by the production over a year earlier "for cause".
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In the Italian dubbed version, actor Gigi Proietti assumed the role of Gandalf after Gianni Musy, who voiced Ian McKellen in "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy", died on October 7, 2011.
Gollum cries three times in this film. First, when he loses the game of riddles, after Bilbo says, "Two guesses at once, wrong both times." Gollum whimpers in defeat as he lands on his side. The second time was when he realizes that he has lost the One Ring, wailing "My Precious is Lost!" When Bilbo asks him what he has lost and Gollum turns towards him momentarily, his eyes are red, due to crying. The Third and final time he cries in the movie was when Bilbo wearing the ring, invisible is about to kill him, Gollum sheds a tear. This is the first and only film that shows Gollum shedding a tear.
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When Bilbo asks him "What have you lost?", Gollum, distraught over his lost of the One Ring cries out, "Mustn't ask us! Not it's Business!" This was the same words he used in the Two Towers, when Frodo asks him about his background.
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Adam Brown (Ori) originally auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins.
David Tennant was rumored to be play Thranduil before Lee Pace was cast.
Neill Blomkamp, Brett Ratner, David Yates and David Dobkin were considered to replace Guillermo del Toro as director.
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The film used a shooting and projection frame rate of 48 frames per second, becoming the first feature film with a wide release to do so. The new projection rate was advertised as "High Frame Rate" to the general public. However, the majority of cinemas projected the film at the industry standard 24 fps after the film was converted.
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Eddie Redmayne auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, he did not receive a call back.
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Sam Raimi had expressed interest in directing the film when it was in early development.
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Peggy Nesbitt, Mary Nesbitt: children in the city of Dale during the film's prologue.
Glenn Boswell: The Dwarf miner who discovers the Arkenstone.
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Jabez Olssen: The dwarf right of Thorin running for his life as the dwarfs flee from Smaug's attack on Erebor.
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Luc Campbell: a young Hobbit in the market at the Green Dragon in an extended scene.
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Katie Jackson: a young Hobbit in the flashback in the Old Took's party in an extended scene.
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Ruby Acevedo: A young Hobbit in the flashback in the Old Took's party in an extended scene.
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Shane Boulton: An elf during the dinner scene in Rivendell, and one of the Goblins in Goblin Town during the live action shoot and the motion capture stage.
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Samuel Taylor, Amelia Taylor: Young Hobbits in two extended scenes of the film. Samuel appeared at the market scene, while Amelia appeared in both the market and in a flashback of the Old Took's party.
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Director Cameo 

Peter Jackson: The dwarf running past the camera in front of Thorin as the dwarves flee from Smaug's attack on Erebor.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarfs arrive to the edge of the cliff just before of the fight against Azog and his orcs, a familiar landscape can be seen in the distance. This landscape is the same seen by Merry, Pippin and Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) when these three see the Saruman's Uruk-hai armies moving to Helm's Deep.
The ghost who attacks Radagast in Dol Guldur is Witch-King of Angmar, the same who stabs Frodo on Weathertop in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). The Necromancer spotted by Radagast is the first sign of Sauron's re-manifestation in Middle-Earth.
The goblin that Gollum kills was played by an actor wear an animatronic head and then covered in full-body prosthetic make-up. Andy Serkis was so aggressive in hitting the forehead with the rock that the electronics inside were broken and had to be repaired for more takes the next day.
The meeting between the orcs and Azog happens in the Weathertop, the same place where Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin are attacked by the nazguls in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
When Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves arrive at Rivendell the wizard mentions it's also known as "Imladris". This name is a word in Elvish (a fictional language created by J.R.R. Tolkien) and both names mean "deep valley of the cleft". Rivendell was established and ruled by Elrond in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, about four or five thousand years previous to the Lord of the Rings events.
The riddle competition at the end between Bilbo and Gollum is inspired by the Norse legend of the riddle competition between the wise giantess Vafþrúðnir and Odin, the mayor god in Germanic Mythology (who is also an inspiration for Gandalf). Bilbo wins the competition by asking what lies in his pocket, a question only he could know the answer to. This is exactly the same way Odin wins over Vafþrúðnir: by asking "what did Odin whisper in his dying son Baldr's ear?" A question only he would know the answer to.
Ken Stott's character, Balin, is the same character whose tomb is visited by the Fellowship in Moria in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
The explanation of Elrond about Orcrist and Glamdring, the swords found in the troll cave by Gandalf and Thorin, is suddenly cut by a dialogue between Bilbo and Balin. Orcrist and Glamdring were forged in the First Age of the Middle Earth for Ecthelion and king Turgon respectively, to fight against the Balrogs sent by Morgoth (the first Dark Lord before Sauron) to rule the Middle Earth.
When Elrond examines and gives the sword Orcrist to Thorin, in the middle finger of his left hand can be seen a ring. This ring is Vilya, one of the three rings given to the Elves at the beginning of the Second Age of the Middle-Earth, and seen in the prologue of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). Vilya is a word in Quenya, a fictional language created by J.R.R. Tolkien, and means "air". The ring was originally given by Celebrimbor, son of Curufin (himself fifth son of Fëanor) to Gil-Galad, last King of the Noldor, but passed to Elrond after Gil-Galad was killed at the Battle of Dagorlad.
The song that Bofur sings in Rivendell (There was an inn) is actually a song written by Bilbo in the book The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, so it is not a dwarf song.
The movie ends with a close-up of the Smaug's eye, which has a strong resemblance to that of Sauron's eye in the original the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Barry Humphries, spontaneously ad-libbed the Goblin King's line "That'll do it" before he is killed by Gandalf. Peter Jackson greatly appreciated the unscripted humorous line, as he was concerned about the level of violence in the scene.
The answers to riddles proposed by Gollum and Bilbo, including the first riddle said by Gollum after the game, are these: -1st - Teeth. -2nd - A mountain. -3rd - Wind. -4th - Eggs. -5th - Time. -6th - The One Ring.

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