It’s been 75 years since readers were first introduced to a furry-footed, breakfast-loving hermit named Bilbo Baggins. On December 14, everyone’s favorite Hobbit will embark on his first live action cinematic adventure, and buzz has been building in the Tolkien-sphere for some time. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is based upon Tolkien’s classic children’s fantasy, which takes place in Middle-earth 60 years before the Lord of the Rings series. The New Line Cinema and MGM Pictures film is directed by Peter Jackson (who also directed the three previous movies) Bilbo Baggins is played by Martin Freeman, with Ian Holm returning to play the elder Baggins. Other returning cast members include Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Elijah Wood as Frodo, and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.
Some ‘Unexpected’ News
Amid the buzz at a busy Comic-Con this year came news of a Hobbit variety. Peter Jackson announced in July that The Hobbit will become a film trilogy, with the final movie to be drawn from Tolkien’s unpublished works. On his Facebook page Jackson wrote, “It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’ ” The second film, The Desolation of Smaug, is slated for release in 2013, with the third film, There and Back Again, expected in 2014.
Care for a “Hobbit Hole Breakfast?” How about “Frodo’s Pot Roast Skillet” or “Gandalf’s Gobble Melt?” The Hobbit is popping up in some unexpected places. According to the Huffington Post, Denny’s is currently serving up 11 Hobbit-themed meals, which will be available through January.
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