05 January 2012

Cumberbatch Reveals Possible Hobbit Spoiler

In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Benedict Cumberbatch spoke about his dual roles in The Hobbit, and let slip a possible spoiler regarding the conclusion of the two-part adaptation.

Spoiler alert – if you don’t want to know, stop reading now!

 “I’ll be doing bits on The Hobbit in 2012,” he told Empire. “I’m playing Smaug through motion-capture and voicing the Necromancer, which is a character in the Five Legions War or something which I’m meant to understand. (Laughs) He’s not actually in the original Hobbit. It’s something he’s taken from Lord Of The Rings that he wants to put in there.”

If you’ve read The Hobbit, you know that he is referring to the Battle of the Five Armies. And you’re probably also aware that the Necromancer (whom we all know is the Dark Lord Sauron) is driven out of Mirkwood and sent back to Mordor prior to the great battle; yet based on Cumberbatch’s revelation, it seems like he may make an appearance in the final battle, perhaps as a means of providing a transition from The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings.  

Of course, there’s really only one way to find out for sure whether or not the Necromancer is present during the Battle of Five Armies: we’ll just have to wait until the release of There And Back Again in December 2013.


  1. Sauron in the BOFA? Ehh I'm a little wary of that. How might they accomplish it? Even as the Necromancer Sauron still didn't have his old physical form right? Would he show up as the lidless eye? Or in his old Dagorlad battle regalia? Neither prospect is particularly attractive to me - it wouldn't make sense for Sauron to participate in the battle.

    Then again, could it be possible the actor is confusing things in his head? He did say "or something" after all.

    I hope so. I mean I trust PJ completely, but putting Sauron in the BOFA would be like...I don't know, putting the Witch-King at Helm's Deep.

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  3. @Xagzan - I share your sentiments. I can sort of see why they might want to use this as a means of connecting The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings, but there has to be a better way to imply that the Necromancer and Sauron are one in the same (for those who have not read the books). Hopefully Cumberbatch just got the information a little wrong...But only time will tell...

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  4. Just from a logical point of view, it is easy believe the Necromancer may have caught wind of a battle a-brewing in the north and snuck his bad self up there to get a look-see, then slinked off when things went bad for the orcses. If a miniature version of LOTR Sauron rides through the middle of the battle on the back of a pony, I might have say, Peter! Stop it!

  5. Yes, that does sound like a feasible scenario. It was suggested on my Facebook page that perhaps his non-physical form would make an appearance, though I still wonder in that case how they would imply that the Necromancer is Sauron (it might leave too many "plot holes" for people who have only seen the LOTR films and never read any of the books). I trust Peter Jackson, but if I see Sauron in physical form taking part in the Battle of Five Armies, I may freak out. I'm already a little nervous as it is... :P

  6. I trust Jackson too. Without reservation. He proved his love and respect for the stories long ago so I'm not really worried he will do anything messed up. I have to admit I am intrigued how he will handle this. Thanks for the #FF on Twitter by the way. :)

  7. I would just hate to see him change too much, because the book was fantastic, and I think everyone should read it. When he changed things in the Lord of the Rings, many people who hadn't read the books prior to the movies preferred the latter. And that's very heartbreaking. But I think PJ realises this and will take that into consideration. And you're welcome for the #FF!

  8. I just started re-reading the Hobbit today. First time in, oh, twenty years. :) "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

  9. I'd like to read it again before the first film comes out. I think my last read was somewhere between 6 months to a year ago, so I'm probably overdue. A true classic; you can read it over and over and over and it never gets old! :)

  10. I haven't read it in quite some years myself. I always felt a bit ashamed of the rather low number of times I had read these books, since I read in some LotR Weapons and Warfare book, or a title like that, in the forward by Christopher Lee that he would read LotR every 1-2 years. Now that is dedication.

  11. I remember reading that about Christopher Lee many years ago - there was a 3-4 year period where I tried to read the books at least once a year; but when I began college, I didn't have the time to make it an annual tradition. Kudos to Mr. Lee for being able to find the time to do it!



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