Tolkien fans rejoice! The adventure fantasy The Hobbit: There and Back Again, adventure novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, and published in 1937 is here–well, the soon-to-be film version of the hobbit tale; and precursor to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy will soon be in theaters winter of 2012. The Hobbit will be the 4th film based on Tolkien’s novels to appear on the big screen. Well, not exactly the first to appear; there are two animated versions of The Hobbit (1977), and The Lord of the Rings (1978), based on The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, which influenced Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring. Of course, what is extremely worth mentioning are the trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson.
The screenplay for The Hobbit is written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro, adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel. The quest written by one Bilbo Baggins, a shire loving Hobbit, who was whisked away on an adventure by the wizard Gandalf , who tricked Bilbo into hosting a small party for 12 dwarves who take Bilbo deep into the Misty Mountains, where he encounters the creature Gollum, and finds the mysterious “one ring,” that is the focus of The Lord Of The Rings tale.
The hobbit trailer debuted December 20 of this year, and has sparked a frenzy of excitement leading up to the official release date for The Hobbit film, December 14, 2012.
The trailer serves as a long-awaited preview of what’s to come in the movie—movies, I should say, Jackson decided to stretch the film into two movies which gives them the opportunity to bring in some unique materiel that’s not in the original Tolkien’s books. But what he is doing here is this: he’s giving fans of the Hobbit and LOTR series a broader perspective of middle earth, by bringing in more visuals, landscapes, and characters. You can see a little bit of this in the trailer. Also, in the trailer you see the elf Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), who is one of the featured characters in The Lord Of The Rings book trilogy– she is not in the original tale of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
In the book and as it will be in the film, the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), disappears to participate in the White Council meetings–the film will make note of those events. Also you see the “younger” Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and a descriptive montage of his dwarven companions–eager to reclaim the treasure the dragon Smaug stole. Even more intriguing is that you will see and hear the song–poem about the “Misty Mountains” being sung, however, what you do not see, is the highly anticipated view of the dragon Smaug. We also get to see and hear, the creature Gollum (Andy Serkis), deep in the dark cave of the Misty Mountains, where Bilbo finds “the One Ring.”
Bilbo – “My name is Bilbo—Bilbo Baggins.”
Gollum – “Bagginsss? What is a ‘Bagginsses, Precious?”
What the trailer does successfully? Heighten anticipation and serves as a gift for Tolkien fans to ponder and drool over– waiting for a film that seems like a lifetime away.
Gandalf – “You’ll have a tale or two to tell when you come back.”
Bilbo – “Can you promise that I will come back?”
Gandalf – “No, and if you do, you will not be the same.”