Can't wait :D - Though I hate cinema's so will have to wait a little longer me thinks :(
Benedict Cumberbatch is sounding good as Smaug!
How have they shoehorned Legolas in? I don't remember that! No idea who ladyelf with him is either.
It did look awesome though :D
Gandalf disappears for ages at a time in The Hobbit and is explained in LOTR
Legolas is from Mirkwood so reasonable for him to be there - though not mentioned in the book
Not sure who LadyElf is though...
Re Legolas. They have played a little fast & loose with the story. So far, nothing that would offend me as a fan of the books (except the bloody rabbits)!
However, I hope it isn't as padded as the first episode. You could easily have chopped 1/2 an hour of "fights/chases etc" and still had a cracking film.
I saw this this morning and nerdgasmed so hard!
In other news, I also booked our tickets for the midnight showing of Catching Fire! WIN
Trailer #3. The best one so far.