Some ‘Royal’ Lord of the Rings news is afoot! With the Hobbit epic now being split into a Middle-Earthian three-way, and “An Unexpected Journey” heading our way this December, some new character pics have hit the interwebs:


The first features our initial look at Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) as Thranduil, King of Mirkwood and also father to everyone’s favorite Fellowship Elf, Legolas. The other pic is from a Hobbit card game, showing off what is described as being  The Goblin King. Here is a description from the game:

The Goblin King is a huge, grotesquely bloated monster that in the years of his tyrannical rule over the miserable inhabitants of the Goblin town grew fat and flabby. The Goblin town is a collection of skew-whiff ramshackle huts deep in the caves of the Misty Mountains. He commands a bunch of foul, polluted, with scars and ulcers studded goblins.Basically, they are bandits, they live by what they can pick up from passengers on the passes through the mountains. The Goblin King and his followers manage to capture Bilbo and the dwarves. The Goblin King is more wily and smarter than it seems. He takes pleasure in torturing his prisoners — he almost succeeds to finish off Thorin Oakenshield and his companions.


The Hobbit  journeys into theaters on December 14th.

Stay Tooned 😛