I know I might be a little late to this particular speculation party, but after re-watching the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a fleeting scene caught my attention. Its a tiny clip, only a few seconds long, but it shows Gandalf on Dol Guldur (Sauron’s base before moving to Mordor) fighting a mysterious villain. The baddie doesn’t appear to be an orc or any sort of race that Peter Jackson’s introduced in the Middle Earth Movie-verse, so who the hell is he?
Now, I know this might sound a bit ludicrous to all of our Tolkien fanboys, but I think this unnamed assailant could be The Necromancer, better known as Sauron.
Here’s the trailer, pay attention at 1:56
If you’ll remember back to the actual novel, Gandalf abandons the dwarven company in order to address business in the South, and we discover many years later in The Lord of The Rings appendices that this “business” was actually a siege of Dol Guldur. The ol’ wizard discovered the Necromancer was using the fortress as a base of operations, so after gaining permission from Saruman, Gandy rode to the tower to oust the baddie. Well, he arrived too late, and Sauron had fled to Mordor, leaving behind his abandoned castle and a nearly dead dwarf, Thrain, Thorin Oakenshield’s father.
If all of that sounded a bit confusing, that’s because it is.
Now, in the books, Gandalf never actually fights Sauron. As I explained, the red eyed villain turns tail before Ian McKellan, err… I mean Gandalf, had a chance to beat him up. If Director Peter Jackson was always faithful to the source material, then my bit of supposition could be eagerly dismissed, but as we discovered in The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Petey is pretty liberal with Tolkien’s story at times, so we could very easily see the two characters clash. Especially since the mysterious character is a staff wielding, haggard, old man, which is much alike the mortal representation of the Istari, spirits of the same rank as Sauron.
Though, writer Dark Jackal at ThorinOakenshield.net makes a far more likely theory. He believes that the enemy on Dol Guldur is actually the imprisoned Thrain who, driven mad at the hands of The Necromancer, attacks Gandalf when the wizard explores the tower. Considering the assailant’s clothes (which bear striking resemblance with Thorin’s), I think Jackal might have a point… but I’ll hold out hope.
I much rather see Gandalf the Grey throw down with Sauron than a zombified Dwarf Lord.
What do you guys think? Is my point too damn unlikely?