Bag End, as used in the Lord of the Rings films. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
via The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Main Title: Back to Middle Earth We Go!!
The deal: About half a century and a decade BEFORE the events of Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins is pushed into going on a huge journey with Gandalf and 13 Dwarves.
The “Who Came Back” Factor: Well, here’s the big lineup regarding that: Ian McKellen, Iam Holm, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee. and Elijah Wood have decided to come back and pick up their previous roles. No word yet on the other characters.
The Bilbo Baggins Factor: Well, this story IS all about Bilbo, of course, so they hired Martin Freeman to play the younger version of Bilbo. Ian Holm is the older version of Bilbo.
The Frodo Baggins Factor: Well, we all gotta consider that at some point in the story, Frodo HAD to ask Bilbo the big question-where did he get that ring, anyway?
The History Factor: A good part of the movie set the stage for what is to happen, such as the evil Smaug taking over the Lonely Mountain and chasing the Dwarves out and Thorin taking on an Orc by himself.
The “Please Do Not Feed the Trolls” Factor: Well, the trolls decided to turn everyone into mincemeat. Maybe by shining the bright light of truth upon the Internet trolls can we shut them up.
The Radagast Factor: He may be off his rocker, but he was right about one thing: there is evil afoot.
The Council Factor: Big heated debate dead ahead…
The “Please Do Not Feed the Orcs” Factor: Uh, the Orcs were very ugly. I’m going to leave it at that.
The One Ring Factor: Oh come on, people! It HAD to show up at some point in the movie! If Bilbo never found the ring, then there would be no “Lord of the Rings“!
The Gollum Factor: Uh, he had to be in this movie. *rolls eyes and shakes head at the naysayers*
The Big “I’m Gonna Kick Your Butt” Factor: Came for the adventures of Bilbo, but stayed for the fight between Thorin and Azog. Bilbo tries to beat up said Orc.
The “We Came So Far, Yet We Have So Far To Go” Factor: They look upon Eriador, where the Lonely Mountain is. And the movie cuts off right there. Gotta leave some stuff for the sequel.
Yay or Nay?: Yay! What an excellent way to kick off the prequel to Lord of the Rings! I highly recommend that you see this movie NOW!