Just a few days ago, we got the big news that there had been some title shuffling and renaming for Peter Jackson’s upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit. Now, as we wait for the second trailer for the film, we’re starting to see other small glimpses of the highly-anticipated films appear online.
Today, thanks to Comic Book Movie, we have what may be our first look at The Great Goblin, played by Barry Humphries, and one of his minions. The images originally come from a French Tolkien site and appear to be from some kind of game (at least that’s my best guess from the instructions in the first pic).
The French site also included a description of The Great Goblin and his minions which reads as follows:
The Goblin King is a huge, grotesquely bloated monster, that in the years of his tyrannical rule over the miserable inhabitants of the Goblin town, grew fat and flabby. The Goblin town is a collection of skew-whiff ramshackle huts deep in the caves of the Misty Mountains. He commands a bunch of foul, polluted, with scars and ulcers studded goblins.
Basically, they are bandits, they live by what they can pick up from passengers on the passes through the mountains. The Goblin King and his followers manage to capture Bilbo and the dwarves. The Goblin King is more wily and smarter than it seems. He takes pleasure in torturing his prisoners — he almost succeeds to finish off Thorin Oakenshield and his companions.
Well, these pictures certainly fit the description, and personally, I like what I’m seeing. I’d also have to agree with the several people who have commented on how the design looks very Del Toro-esque, which makes me think that this may have been one of the very few elements that Jackson kept from when Guillermo del Toro was attached as director.
Perhaps when the second trailer finally drops we’ll get confirmation of the design. If not, we’ll just have to wait for the first film to arrive, which isn’t too far away now.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters on December 14th.
Check out the pics below and let us know what you think in the comments.