The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey
I have just finished re-watching the epic fantasy adventure film “The Lord of The Rings”, and somehow it makes me crave for more of Middle Earth and its inhabitants. To date, I still believe that it has been the greatest film trilogy of all time. The complexity of the story is just amazing. It is unbelievable how J.R.R. Tolkien was able to put such a story, I mean his broad ideas and imagination is just astounding. All these races, places and events which happened in Middle Earth is just epic.
Although the film has been able to tell the story clearly, it still left me with some unanswered questions. Here’s a few of them: What is Bilbo’s previous adventures? Are these activities written in his book “There and Back Again”?, How did a Hobbit like him got to be involved with so much activities outside The Shire?, What really made him special?, How did he meet Gandalf?, How about the Dwarves? (I am curious and would like to know more about them as they have little involvement to the LOTR events aside from Gimli’s participation to the Fellowship and the War.) What is the real story on how he meet Gollum? How did he stumble upon the One Ring of Sauron?
According to several fans, The Hobbit happens to have answers to most of my questions. A prologue to some of the events in The Lord Of The Rings, the story focuses more on the adventures of Bilbo. It gives an account of his friendship with Gandalf, his involvement with the Dwarves and their quests to reclaim Erebor, his first encounter with Gollum and the One Ring, and so much more. Though it serves as a prequel, most critics say that The Hobbit has a lighter story compared to the much more serious and complex The Lord Of The Rings films.
Most of the production staff and Peter Jackson himself will be returning for this project. A whole lot of actors/actresses will be reprising their roles including Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Andy Serkis (Smeagol/Gollum), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Christopher Lee (Saruman, the White), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins) and Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins). Holm is only set to reprise his role as the older Bilbo Baggins. Martin Freeman is set to portray the younger Bilbo.
Filming of the movie has mostly been shot in New Zealand. This is good news as viewers can expect the film to have that same feel and environment which they first saw in the Lord of The Rings. Although originally agreed to be a two part film, Jackson has already confirmed that his adaptation of The Hobbit will be a trilogy. According to him the third film would make extensive use of the appendices that Tolkien wrote to expand the story of Middle-Earth.
The Hobbit is set to be shown in cinemas worldwide this coming December.