Usually I include only one set of links per week. For The Hobbit, as for other extra special events, I'll make an exception.
I'm kind of on the fence about The Desolation of Smaug. I enjoyed the first movie, somewhat to my surprise, and I'm really expecting to enjoy the second as well, if only for the dragon.
But... It's not really The Hobbit is it?
The Hobbit is a nice little episodic book where an ordinary, comfort-loving fellow finds himself almost-accidentally part of a dwarvish quest. Along the way, he picks up a few skills, learns he's stronger than he thought, and never once stops daydreaming about his hearth and home--to which he is very glad to return at the end. It's a lovely, rambly book.
This is an epic Quest with a capital Q, something with sworn enemies, lots of arrows, love triangles, and Ominous Pronouncements, and I'm still not sure how any sort of reasonable trilogy is going to result.
I've said it before and I'll say it again (probably til everyone's tired of hearing it): This is how the dwarves view the quest, not how Bilbo does.
Found: Everywhere. Seriously, Twitter, Facebook, and the net in general is overloading on this. Why shouldn't I join the fun?