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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  13 December 2013 (USA)
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The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.



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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? Written by Otaku-sempai

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Beyond darkness... beyond desolation... lies the greatest danger of all.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hobbit Part 2  »

Box Office


$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$73,645,197 (USA) (13 December 2013)


$258,355,354 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Royd Tolkien:  the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien is in the extended edition in a flashback as one of the captain of the Gondorian Rangers burying the body of the Witch-King. This was a similar homage to Royd's cameo in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) as a Gondorian Ranger at Osgiliath. See more »


During the exchange among the Master of Laketown, Thorin and Bard, the falling snow lands everywhere except on Thorin's hair. See more »


Thranduil: Legolas said you fought well today. He's grown very fond of you.
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Thranduil: Perhaps he did once. Now I'm not so sure.
Tauriel: I do not think that you would allow your son to pledge himself to a lowly Silvan elf.
Thranduil: No... You are right, I would not. Still, he cares about you. Do not give him hope where there is none.
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Composed by David Donaldson, David Long, Steve Roche & Janet Roddick
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7 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the words of J.R. Tolkien - "Things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway"(The Hobbit, Chapter 3, paragraph 26).

"The Desolation of Smaug" is sure to satisfy those who thought the first installment dragged its feet. From the first frame to the last, the movie is a thrilling achievement of Peter's. The action is none like we've seen in any middle-earth installment. The visual effects are much improved, the pace is seamless, and the danger is ever more present. Yet through it all, Bilbo and the company's journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain is not forgotten as the driving force of this tale.

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