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Elijah Wood will be in 'The Hobbit'
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Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jan 7 2011, 7:30am

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I believe Ian Holm has retired from acting. Health issues I believe. [In reply to] Can't Post

Please correct me if I am wrong as I am on my fourth night without sleep. Trying to sleep in the daytime does not work well.

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Patty
Immortal


Jan 7 2011, 7:35am

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Oh yes, I just said this in MrCere's poll in the pollantir... [In reply to] Can't Post

he has a movie coming out next year, but most of his stuff has been voice acting for the last few years. I expect there are health issues.

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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Jan 7 2011, 7:35am

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Heh! [In reply to] Can't Post

Something will always upset somebody! We are Fans, after all! Wink

I do share your bias, though, so I do not blame you for thinking that.

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sharku
Rivendell

Jan 7 2011, 7:35am

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Relax [In reply to] Can't Post

In PJ we trust - I'm sure he and the rest of the team, including GdT, have some nice conceits worked out. Can't please all rabid fans any of the time, only hope to placate the majority some of the time.

I was more intrigued by this:


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The status of other actors’ whose characters would have been living during the plot line of the Hobbit, are varied. Cate Blanchett is confirmed as Galadriel while Hugo Weaving’s Elrond is a prominently featured character in the source material but not confirmed. Liv Tyler’s Arwen could logically be present as could other ancient Elves like Marton Csokas’ Celeborn.


No mention of Christopher Lee. Sigh.

Speaking of conceits, since 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' are actually retellings by Tolkien based on the Redbook of Westmarch, who is anyone to say that JRR's writings were a definitive, correct representation of that book? Perhaps PJ and the team have, with the latest research, uncovered more accurate details and are committing these to the films even as we debate such weighty matters?

It's going to be a fun couple of years at this rate :)


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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Jan 7 2011, 7:39am

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I don't view it as one, either [In reply to] Can't Post

The Chronicles of Narnia are children's books. The Hobbit, while more 'children friendly' when it comes to reading level and some descriptions, is not. I view the later Harry Potter books in the same light.

I'll have to read her post, but I mentioned a couple things that could bring it back to being continuous- the story being told as opposed to read aloud from a completed book, for instance. How Drogo will fit into it, however, is another story.

I don't know if I'd want a Princess Bride-like storytelling for this. I think it could work, but I also think it could be disastrous. Honestly, I'd have to see it in action to really make up my mind.

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Patty
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Jan 7 2011, 7:40am

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"No mention of Christopher Lee" [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't caught that. *sigh* indeed.

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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Jan 7 2011, 7:44am

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Sort of like my unwavering belief [In reply to] Can't Post

That Tolkien misread the details about the Battle of Amon Hen and PJ got it completely right, from Aragorn outright rejecting the Ring and fighting a gazillion orcs to Boromir's completely and utterly awesome dying words?

Like that, right?

Laugh

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Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jan 7 2011, 8:00am

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I suspect Guillermo del Toro had nothing to do with this. [In reply to] Can't Post

Kind of like 3-D.

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guitarzankansasfan
Lorien


Jan 7 2011, 8:04am

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The Neverending Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

Opening scene: Frodo, being chased by Black Riders on the mean streets of Bree, ducks into a secluded bookstore and finds an old guy reading Bilbo's book.
"That's strange, " he says, "uncle Bilbo hasn't published it yet!"

While the old guy gets up to answer the phone, Frodo's curiosity gets the best of him and he steals the book. Frodo then runs to the local school, hides in the attic, lights a candle, opens the book and begins to read, and his voice fades into the voice of Ian Holm and then cut to wide shot of Bag end, then zoom in to Martin Freeman standing in front of the door smoking a pipe...

Ending scene: Frodo suddenly finds himself riding on the back of Smaug, shouting "Yeah! Yeah!" and pumping his fists in the air as he and Smaug chase after the Black Riders through the mean streets of Bree...


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Jan 7 2011, 8:06am

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But wasn't there a car chase in there some where?// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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RaoulJ
Rivendell


Jan 7 2011, 8:42am

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yes [In reply to] Can't Post

He isn't retired, but he has health issues. The new movie you are talking about, 'This side of the Looking Glass', is about an old man 'who's fame and health is rapidly fading', played by Ian Holm. So, he isn't in the prime of his life anymore.. but ofcourse we don't know what Bilbo he would play (if any), maybe the old one?

On a sidenote: The old Bilbo always reminds me of Jan Wolkers, a dutch writer, and especially the impersonation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icDqdHnbxJ0


Bound
Rohan


Jan 7 2011, 8:49am

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Not really surprised.. [In reply to] Can't Post

I think Jackson has said all along that if he could come up with a smart way to fit some of the old cast into the story then he would... Since it's a small part in two movies, colour me interested !

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Welsh hero
Gondor

Jan 7 2011, 9:04am

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sniff sniff. [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone else smell that?

I expected a press release, this looks like speculation

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Imladris18
Lorien

Jan 7 2011, 9:13am

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Agreed! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's nice to see that I'm not the only one whose interest is piqued by this. I'd love to see our old favorites come back in creative ways. I'm not a rabid Orlando fangirl, but I'd love to see Legolas wreck havoc on some gobblins for a scene or so. I really don't see them trying to insert them everywhere possible, but rather going about it intelligently.


Maiarmike
Grey Havens

Jan 7 2011, 9:21am

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I like it... [In reply to] Can't Post

I was really skeptical about Frodo or Elijah being in The Hobbit, as it would have been impossible. But I didn't think about this scenario, and it actually makes sense, and doesn't screw with the actual plot. Just a prologue of sorts. I'm guessing you'll get the historical FotR type prologue with scenes of Smaug taking the Lonely Mountain, etc., then you'll get the short intro with Frodo reading from the Red Book, then we're quickly whisked into the actual story. Can't wait to see this all come together. I think everyone has to remember that this film is being made in 2011, not the 1930's when Tolkien hadn't yet expanded his universe of Middle-Earth. But with Middle-earth later expanded, for continuity, it only makes sense to include extra elements that clarify important historical events, or show relationships between certain characters.


mae govannen
Tol Eressea


Jan 7 2011, 9:26am

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I'm just delighted!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so glad they found a way - a real, congruent way, I mean - to bring back Frodo, and perhaps more of the other young Hobbits, etc, to introduce this story!...
And my own feeling is that PJ & Co are doing it quite deliberately, not to please anyone but themselves first of all: during the 18 months spent together for the three LOTR films, most of the actors and everyone else had bonded so deeply and were so happy working together, and the parting in the end has been so emotionally difficult (those filmed last moments in the ROTK EE supplements still bring tears to my eyes), I feel they are simply bringing them back together, as many of them as can possibly be done realistically - even if it is for a short while only. If the suits too are pleased, fine, but I don't see it as the primary motivation. And PJ & team know that many of the fans will, like me, be overjoyed too!...

'Is everything sad going to come untrue?'
(Sam, 'The Field of Cormallen', in 'The Return of the King'.)


Kyriel
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Jan 7 2011, 11:01am

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Well, it does make sense to do it that way [In reply to] Can't Post

And I have a feeling that even those who don't like the idea will move quickly past it when they watch the movie. If Frodo's only going to show up at the beginning and then disappear, fans will forget him pretty quickly when they get absorbed in Bilbo's story.


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macfalk
Valinor


Jan 7 2011, 11:33am

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Yes, actor Ryan Gage [In reply to] Can't Post

was cast as Drogo 1 month ago. Primula should be in shortly.



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macfalk
Valinor


Jan 7 2011, 11:58am

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Also, what most of the nay-sayers are forgetting [In reply to] Can't Post

Is that The Hobbit book actually did have a narrator. Why not Frodo?



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Bound
Rohan


Jan 7 2011, 12:19pm

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There will be blood... [In reply to] Can't Post

hehe.. don't mind the subect title.

I think people will be upset no matter what. I think people need to relax (if possible) and judge the movies on their own merits. You've got over 23 months to wait and complian before you even see the first movie.

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Bran
Lorien

Jan 7 2011, 12:26pm

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Regarding purists [In reply to] Can't Post

I regard myself as a purist, and I didn't like some of the scenes in the original movies for that reason.

I think 'purist' can be broken down into different types, though.

I wouldn't, for example, call myself a 'Hobbit purist', but I do see myself as a 'Tolkien purist'. By that, I mean, I'm comfortable with changes being made to the Hobbit, as long as they fit in with the lore, mythos and story that Tolkien was trying to tell.

So, adding bits of Tolkien lore from LOTR (and other sources if allowable) into The Hobbit would not bother me at all. Adding something in that Tolkien doesn't mention does bother me.

I've always loved the telling of the Hobbit backstory in 'Unfinished Tales' for example, and I'd love to see some of that, though sadly it appears off limits.

Tolkien himself changed things to fit the overall story, of course, we all know that. The 'Riddles in the Dark' chapter of the Hobbit differs between early and late versions.

So, if small changes are made, to allow the telling of the whole story of the ring and it's characters, from the start of the Hobbit to the end of the appendices in LOTR, this purist won't complain.

If Legolas kills Smaug, different story entirely.

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Vangalad
Lorien


Jan 7 2011, 12:30pm

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Narrator [In reply to] Can't Post


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The Hobbit book actually did have a narrator. Why not Frodo?

Yes, Frodo actually did a brief narration towards the end of ROTK, perhaps PJ will have him do some TH narration as well.

It's good to finally have some casting information,even non fully official.The Deadline article also suggests that 'Returning actors will need to be locked in shortly',so there won't be long before we have the announcements.



All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.


sphdle1
Gondor


Jan 7 2011, 12:31pm

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I may have read it wrong but [In reply to] Can't Post

I didn't get the sense that Frodo would be narrating, as it is supposed to be from Bilbo's point of view, so I think Wood is just playing Frodo in a opening scene. Hopefully that means either Holm is narrating with voice only, or is both narrating throughout and starting the movie off with a live appearance playing older Bilbo who is reading his story to Frodo and maybe Sam..!?, before it fades into the main movie...?? One can hope...this was how I envisioned them doing the opening scene/narration since we started discussing if/how Holm could play a part in these movies.

Who would like to hear Holm's voice narrating and possibly see him sitting reading his story to Frodo and Sam??


Seanwise
The Shire


Jan 7 2011, 12:50pm

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Re: The Neverending Hobbit [In reply to] Can't Post

Brilliant!


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Opening scene: Frodo, being chased by Black Riders on the mean streets of Bree, ducks into a secluded bookstore and finds an old guy reading Bilbo's book.
"That's strange, " he says, "uncle Bilbo hasn't published it yet!"

While the old guy gets up to answer the phone, Frodo's curiosity gets the best of him and he steals the book. Frodo then runs to the local school, hides in the attic, lights a candle, opens the book and begins to read, and his voice fades into the voice of Ian Holm and then cut to wide shot of Bag end, then zoom in to Martin Freeman standing in front of the door smoking a pipe...

Ending scene: Frodo suddenly finds himself riding on the back of Smaug, shouting "Yeah! Yeah!" and pumping his fists in the air as he and Smaug chase after the Black Riders through the mean streets of Bree...


Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew... Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.


dormouse
Half-elven

Jan 7 2011, 1:19pm

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This is fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I think you're right about the 'cast reunion' aspect of this being for the cast's sake rather than something forced on them from outside.

Of course, the success or failure of any change to the published story will depend entirely on how it's done but we won't know that until we see the film and I refuse to get angsty about it now. I have confidence. They made all sorts of changes in the previous films which would have horrified me if I'd heard rumours about them beforehand and most of them turned out fine. The ones I don't like I find I can forgive because I enjoy the films so much. For me they captured 'something' above and beyond any individual part of the story which felt so right and which still excites my imagination. I'm looking forward to seeing Peter Jackson and co. work that magic again and I believe they will. I might even say that one of the keys to that magic is sympathetic changes made in the adaptation. For me at least, to really enjoy the film I need something which takes me out of the 'I know this story back to front' position into the wide-eyed 'wondering what's coming next' which I felt reading the book for the first time.


But what I really, really want to hear now is some resolution to the question of Gandalf, Elrond, Gollum and Saruman .... and the casting of a Bard

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