Anonymous asked:I heard they made Smaug a wyvern. ): that makes me sorta sad.
I didn’t believe this at first, because I VERY clearly remember Smaug stompin’ around on FOUR legs during the first Hobbit movie:
(grabbing and tearing the wall/door with front limbs in the above images)
(the big grey background blur walking on clearly 4 limbs)
(right foreleg stepping down)
(aaaand that was the left foreleg stomping)
Here’s the video of the battle, around 2:22 you can clearly see all four legs.
BUT, it looks like they may have changed this for the next movie?? I found this screenshot comparison between the original and the extended edition of The Hobbit:
As well as this image, although I’m not certain where exactly it’s from:
So it looks pretty clearly like they changed his legs into walking-wings :( I admit I am also really dissapointed with this.
While I understand that yeah, a four limbed dragon is more scientifically applicable, as in, things like birds and bats who fly only have four limbs, the original illustrations of JRR Tolkien depicts Smaug as a four footed, two winged monstrosity of fire and brimstone. So, no wyvern-stylized Smaug isn’t faithful to the source material.
If they can make him a very intriguing character on the screen, I can overlook the flaw, but it’s kinda hard to completely dismiss.
Very hard, especially when given the fact that Tolkien has drawn Smaug with four legs and a pair of wings. You can’t get much more literal than that. It’s easy to deviate from source material and state it’s someone’s interpretation when there’s no visual guide to go off of.
Like the Balrog. There’s a huge debate on whether or not Tolkien meant real wings or figuratively speaking “wings”.
With Smaug, no, there is no argument. Because Tolkien gives us an illustration that he drew on what Smaug looked like. Clearly, he had six limbs. Clearly he had two front feet, two back feet, and a pair of wings and a tail.
If they make it work, I’ll try my best to turn a cheek and just enjoy the movie, but I much rather replace Richard Boone’s voice with Benedict Cumberbatch and have his voice come out of wolfdragon Smaug from Rankin-Bass’s animated movie, because that’s more accurate to the source material, than this.
And from what I heard from the trailer, Ben does a decent Smaug voice. I like that voice. That’s a great voice. Just the design is all wrong. I like the head design The body needs work. The wings need work definately. Because Smaug’s wings are supposed to be HUUUUUGGGEEEE! Like twice his length. Huge enveloping wings that block out the sun when he flies by, turning day into night.
Keep the head, but the body needs work, the wings need work.