A worthy prequel to The Lord of the RingsA Potpourri of Vestiges Review
Summary: A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy—the much awaited prequel series to the ubiquitously acclaimed The Lord of the Rings Trilogy—based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. A number of actors have reprised their roles from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Ian Mckellen as Gandalf, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Christopher Lee as Saruman, to name a few. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey presents the first part of the quest undertaken by an artless hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and a band of vagrant dwarves to help the latter reclaim their lost kingdom from the clutches of a fiendish dragon named Smaug. It is the grand old wizard Gandalf the Grey who tricks Bilbo into joining the seemingly hopeless quest. Gandalf, having closely observed the hobbits for centuries, is fully aware of the inexorable resolve that the halflings are capable of showing once they are pushed beyond their usual limits. Behind their home-loving, amiable, and dainty façade the hobbits are gritty, adventurous, and enduring creatures fully capable of surprising the fiercest of adversaries. During the course of the journey Bilbo and company must always remain wary of the dangers lurking in the shadowy avenues of the Middle-earth. And the sooner they learn to trust each other’s instincts the better would be the odds of their survival.
|Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins|
|Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey|
|Cate Blanchett as Galadriel|
|The character Gollum, performed by Andy Serkis, in The Hobbit|
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