The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the second film in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, which divides J.R.R. Tolkein's 1937 novel into three parts. It stars British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit from the Shire in Tolkein's magical land of Middle Earth. He journeys with the wizard Gandalf, played by Ian McKellan, and thirteen dwarves. Bilbo and the dwarves aim to reclaim the Lonely Mountain by battling the dragon Smaug, who has usurped it and killed the dwarves who once lived there. The film stars a large cast of actors in supporting roles, including Richard Armitage as the dwarf leader Thorin Oakshield, Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug, Lee Pace as Thranduil the Elvenking, and Orland Bloom and Evangeline Lilly as the elf warriors, Legolas and Tauriel. It tells a story of magic and adventure in a fantasy world that is familiar to longtime Tolkein fans.