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Published:June 23rd, 2011 13:30 EST
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

By Tony Graff

Everyone who was amazed and awed by Peter Jackson`s epic telling of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy knew that the director couldn`t finish his career without going back and telling the story that started it all. JRR Tolkien`s prequel to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, is in production as we speak, and the firs half is scheduled to come out next year, competing with the Hunger Games and The Dark Knight Rising for summer blockbusters.

What`s been confusing die-hard fans of Middle Earth is some of the cast choices. There had been rumors of David Tennant cast to be King Thranduil, and even Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Smaug the dragon. That we`ve been able to accept. The big deal is Orlando Bloom returning as Legolas and Elijah Wood as Frodo. In the cartoon version of the Hobbit that came out in the 70`s, Frodo makes only a cameo appearance before a minstrel starts telling the story of There and Back Again. Frodo isn`t in the book, and neither is Legolas Greenleaf, though we do know he is the son of the Elvenking. Add that to Cate Blanchett coming back as Galadriel, and fans across the world are wondering just what it is Peter Jackson is trying to do. 

There are rumors that he is going to use The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey to tell the story JRR Tolkien wrote about, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again to fill in the gap between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Whatever he decides to do, he`s got a tall order to fill, and a lot of fans to please.