What has its got in its pocketses?
- The effects of Smaug's initial rampage: the area for hundreds of miles all around the Lonely Mountain was reduced to a barren wasteland of ash, the city of Dale was wrecked, with everything that didn't burn being scorched and smashed, with even a few skeletons lying in the streets, and of course the kingdom of Erebor: all the halls broken open wider to accommodate the dragon, with the stench of sulfur and decay emanating from every nook and cranny, all light except for that of Smaug himself snuffed out, and of course, the monster himself generates such heat that steam comes from the main entrance of Erebor at all times, even for days after he leaves.
- The thought of Bilbo going through the dark Goblin tunnels on his own, afraid of any openings in case something comes out. And (for all his assurances that as Hobbits dwell in caves and holes underground by nature Bilbo is not as terrified or as lost as the reader might be in the same situation) Tolkien describes that not even the Goblins know what lives in the mountains. Some of the holes have their original owners still living there and other creatures have crept in.
- At night in Beorn's house. Beorn tells them not to go outside. Bilbo hears him in bear form and is scared he is going to come in and kill them all. When they go out the next morning they find many bear tracks.
- The description of Mirkwood, particularly at night. Surrounded by eyes just watching them, particularly the insect eyes. And if fires were lit, more eyes came (instead of the fire keeping the wild animals away) and moths flapped everywhere.
- Smaug. His massive size, strong armor that includes pieces of the treasure that melted to his body, his cunning and intelligence, the ease with which he dissects Bilbo's riddles, his thoughts and dreams of greed and violence.
- The massive Mood Whiplash that accompanies Smaug's fury-the complete destruction of Laketown and the deaths of hundreds of people, Thorin going off the deep end, a rising Mexican Standoff and eventually, a battle that leaves thousands of men, orcs, wolves, dwarves and elves dead against the gates of Erebor or in the burnt-out shell that was Dale. Tolkien fought in World War I, and although he despised allegories, the Battle of the Five Armies seems to represent the moment when the nations of Europe threw themselves into a horrific meat grinder of blood-soaked trenches, machine guns and burned villages.
I am fire. I am death!
- The way Gandalf announces himself to Bilbo at the beginning of the film, with a big close-up on his glaring eyes as lightning suddenly strikes, before he declares, "I am Gandalf! And Gandalf means me!".
- Far from being bumbling and slow witted like in the Peter Jackson film, the trio of trolls are actually cunning and intelligent, as they instantly pick up on the fact that if Bilbo was there, then he'd have company. Heavily implied with their last conversation, they had a pretty good idea of what they were cooking and just arguing about the method, the worst being eaten "raw". Only by Gandalf's intervention, that the company was spared.
- The reptile eyed goblins' first appearance when they appear to be getting closer and closer in the dark. While laughing evilly.
- Some people can find the scene where the Great Goblin almost bites of Thorin's head scary.
- Gollum, both in appearance and Brother Theodore's voice work. Until Andy Serkis came along and made the character his own, he was the definitive Gollum, and some fans say still the creepiest.
- The "Riddles in the Dark" music.
It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, it lies behind stars and under hills, and empty holes it fills, it comes first and follows after, ends life, kills laughter. The answer is dark. The dark. Dark...
- The 15 birds scene. Bilbo is unable to climb into the trees and turns to see the Goblins riding towards him on wolves. Dori only just helps him up as a wolf snaps at him. Then watching the Dwarves calling for help while the trees are burning beneath him.
- The spiders of Mirkwood are bat faced Ax-Crazy fiends that cocoon and then eat their victims alive, especially creepy with their big blue, pupil-less eyes and coming just after the beautiful scene with the tree tops.
- Watching the only being who can guide you out of a deep, labyrinthine cave arguing with himself is pretty damn creepy.
- While Smaug's appearance is silly, when he goes berserk, he is quite frightening for sure!
- The Battle of the Five Armies stays true to the book as a very grim depiction of war.