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Nothing says “warm up your December” quite like a fire-breathing dragon named Smaug.

Substantial hype surrounds the middle movie of Warner Brothers’ “The Hobbit” trilogy, the slew of movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, whether you were content with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” or not.

In “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” you’ll admire the wisdom and mystery of Gandalf the Grey, feel sympathy and empathy for the squirrelly hobbit Bilbo Baggins, become slightly uncomfortable around a gruff dwarf named Thorin Oakenshield and a little intimidated by a gravelly-voiced dragon. And yes, ladies—Orlando Bloom does appear as (rumored to be sexually frustrated) Legolas.

We have 12 pairs of screening passes to give away for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” but we’re not going to make them rain on just anyone.

To win advanced screening passes for a 7 p.m. show on Dec. 10 at the Regal Walden Galleria, 1 Walden Galleria Dr., Buffalo, please do the following before 4 p.m. Friday:

—Since “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” revolves around tensions between elves and dwarves, here’s the question: Do you consider yourself more of an elf or a dwarf? Why?

Please respond in the comment section of this blog post, and be a doll by not just writing “dwarf” or “elf”—give it a little thought and creativity. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator and then contacted via their Buffalo.com profile info.

Here’s a little help (written in mildly awkward horoscope style):

Major ELVEN characteristics: You’re tall and graceful, you love nature and consider yourself to be the creative type. You may have pointy ears, but that’s okay because you thrive on looking at beautiful things.

Major DWARF characteristics: You’re a little stout and rough around the edges, but you’re tough, and if you’re a man, you’re a big fan of Movember in an “all-year-round” sort of way. Don’t worry, there are female dwarves too, and they are stern, strong, stubborn and secretive—all appealing female traits. Unfortunately, most female dwarves are heavily bearded, tradition says, but we’ll conveniently leave that part out for the sake of the contest.

For now, enjoy the trailer:

(If you couldn’t tell, the author may have taken a class on the Lord of the Rings series at Houghton College and may be a slight (but not excessive) nerd).

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  1. Glenn December 05, 2013 @ 11:16am

    I see myself more as a Dwarf, as they battle to show there worth even as they are small

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  2. Joe Vu December 05, 2013 @ 11:19am

    Definitely an elf because I can’t grow a beard because of genetics and Movember is a really tough time. But whatever elves love forever so you can keep the beards. Also I draw and stuff sometimes idk

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  3. Joe Vu December 05, 2013 @ 11:21am

    Elves live forever* and love to. Love me some love.

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  4. Allison Suriani December 05, 2013 @ 11:32am

    Naturally, being short, I lean towards being a drawf. Actually I would prefer to be a Hobbit but seeing as that’s not an option…. I mean I do like to hunt goblins for sport, appreciate a good beard when I see one and have an affinity for precious gemstones. Plus, I’m pretty sure I can eat at much as a drawf, which maybe isn’t a good thing.

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  5. Edward Gurbacki December 05, 2013 @ 11:33am

    Elves are the best because they have magical powers.  They can either be a help or a hindrance to humans.

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  6. Phil Ciallela December 05, 2013 @ 11:41am

    ElF definitely. Because I use my vision to see all of the beautiful women Buffalo has to offer! And I happen to be very graceful.

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  7. Sam Scarcello December 05, 2013 @ 12:53pm

    My Elven brethren used to joke that I was adopted, so I think I’m a dwarf.

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  8. Thom Pirson December 05, 2013 @ 1:05pm

    Dwarf, no question. While not short, I have a propensity towards stoutness, of build and character and have been known to be more than a little stubborn. As for the beard, I keep this mane year round, through summer sun and winter wind.
    Finally, the love of fine ales shouldn’t be left out of the the equation!

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  9. Kate December 05, 2013 @ 2:00pm

    Definitely more of an elf.

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  10. Peter Lyons December 05, 2013 @ 3:24pm

    Gotta say Elf. I’m a tall kid that lives life to the fullest. My grace and poise at the beer pong table has never been doubted and I’m familiar with the elven tradition of having to drink an absurb amount to get drunk. I’ll go shot to shot with Bilbo during the movie and have a blast!

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  11. Michael Anthony December 05, 2013 @ 3:33pm

    I’m pretty sure I would be the result of a dwarf and an elf having a 1 night stand at the Prancing Pony. I am tall with fair features, but have a dwarvish appetite (for food and drink) and the facial hair to go with it. I’m employed in the environmental field, yet have a strong affinity for architecture and other man (dwarfs and elves included)-made structures.

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  12. ann buell December 05, 2013 @ 3:49pm

    I’d have to say I’m more of a dwarf.  I’m not too tall and definitely not graceful. I like to keep secrets and can be very tenacious.

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  13. Juanita Casullo December 05, 2013 @ 3:54pm

    Definitely an elf—- I wouldn’t mind having their magical powers and they look good too!

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  14. Valerie Rybinski December 05, 2013 @ 5:45pm

    I’m definitely an elf, love nature, hiking and animals!

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  15. Joe Kalinowski December 05, 2013 @ 6:14pm

    I’d really like to say i’m more of an elf, but I guess im more of a dwarf. Short, huge appetite- especially for meat. don’t like elvish foods much…

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  16. interiorqueen December 05, 2013 @ 6:30pm

    Please excuse my DWARFishly statement, but I see mysELF as both Dwarf and Elf.  Although my minuscule stature along with a sly personality may offend some, I do reflect the grand illusion of a superior, magical self!

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  17. Eric J. DesSoye December 05, 2013 @ 7:59pm

    I would have to be an Elf, all the way.  I am over 6 feet tall, and have never even been close to being able to grow a beard, and the little facial hair that I do have is grey.  I have never been able to wear boots, let alone the bulky kind that dwarfs stomp around it.  Furthermore, the elves use bows and arrows, while the dwarfs prefer axes.  Who wants to use an ax in battle.  The elves are very new age-ish.  I would take Rivendell over Erebor in a heartbeat!

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  18. Kenzie Michalski December 05, 2013 @ 8:04pm

    I would be an elf! They are immortal!

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  19. Nikk Michalski December 05, 2013 @ 11:31pm

    I would be an elf because we enjoy the beauty of nature and believe in creative approaches to life!

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  20. Jonathan Marlinski December 05, 2013 @ 11:41pm

    Elf, cuz I’m like Will Ferrell in the movie Elf around Christmas time, and will be even happier if I get advanced tickets to this movie!

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