Mash-up gold: Hobbits, Legos and Smaug the dragon

Shot-for-shot Lego remake of the Desolation of Smaug trailer is fantastic

The best YouTube channel for creations of Lego animation based on Lord of the Rings characters is Brotherhood Workshop, hands down. The painstaking attention to detail on the videos is quite impressive, so if it takes some time for them to come out with a new video, it's well worth the wait.

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This week, the group put out its version of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Teaser Trailer", in which Lego animation replaces the live-action characters for this fall's second outing in the Hobbit trilogy. Sit back and watch this several times:

In case you haven't seen the original teaser trailer (have you been on Mars?), here it is so you can appreciate the shot-by-shot details:

Congratulations to the crew - it's a fantastic video!

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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