To this day, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is still one of the top thirty highest grossing films ever!
1. Although Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the dragon Smaug throughout the first part of the franchise, the very first scream uttered by the creature was actually the sound engineer screaming and not Cumberbatch.
2. A whole bunch of different actors were in the running for the role of Bilbo Baggins. As well as Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, the studio also considered casting Shia LaBeouf and Tobey Maguire. Martin Freeman was Peter Jackson’s first choice, but as he was working on several other poductions, the entire filming schedule was reorganised so that Freeman could play the part.
4. The actor Richard Armitage (46), who plays the dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield is actually six foot two in real life. Not so dwarf-like really!
5. The dwarf Bombur (William Kircher) has exactly one line during the entire, three-hour-long film.
6. Viggo Mortensen (58) refused to play Aragorn again in The Hobbit films, as he does not appear in the novel.
7. The wig Richard Armitage (Thorin) wears in the film is the only one made exclusively out of real human hair.