EXCLUSIVE – Deadline hinted first but TheOneRing.net can confirm that Elijah Wood will step in front of Peter Jackson’s cameras and return to Middle-earth for a part in ‘The Hobbit,’ — and we even know how. Despite how some fans will respond at first, the reasons are organic and natural and might not upset some of the most ardent purists.

***MAJOR HOBBIT MOVIE SPOILERS AFTER THE BREAK***

As readers of “The Hobbit” know, the tale of “The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit or There and Back Again,” are contained in the fictional “Red Book of Westmarch.” In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the book is shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam Gamgee. (Not explained on film are Sam’s progeny later having the book and being Wardens of the Westmarch — hence the book’s title.)

The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers are to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ as a familiar Frodo gets the tale as well.

Since the speculation is now everywhere around the interwebs, TORn can confirm that as of now, the plans are to feature Frodo in the opening sequence of the films. It is unlikely that studio Warner Bros. or Team Jackson would change the script at this point in response to the web buzz so we may have just “spoiled” December 2012 for some, but we warned you. (And, sat on the spoiler until leaks started to appear!)

Rumors have suggested Wood is “in talks” to appear in the film but that isn’t an issue as it very likely the role was discussed with the actor at the scripting phase of the films and he was agreeable to reprise his part then. It is likely but less certain that the same can be said of Orlando Bloom who is rumored (and TORn cannot currently lock-down confirm) to be playing his LOTR Elf character Legolas.

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.

Frodo’s return makes it possible that Sean Astin could appear as Sam and other Hobbits such as Merry or Pippin can not be ruled out. TORn’s information indicates however, that Frodo and the young Bilbo are the primary Hobbit connections between the film series.

Dwarves will play a prominent role of course in the new films, and LOTR character Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) is the son Gloin, one of one of Bilbo’s companions for the journey of the titular Hobbit. Readers can view our Hobbit cast page to see the status and information on all known characters from the film.

Two very obvious absences from any press releases so far are signings of Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum. Both actors are believed to be in negotiations and the studio and actors have elected not to conduct talks through the press. Fans including those on TheOneRing.net message boards, are worried about the actors’ signings. As always, hit us with news at Spymaster@theonering.net or hit up the author.

Copyright Jan. 6, 2011, TheOneRing.net

Comments

  1. Kevankennedy

    Note: This is a movie, and to adapt a movie exactly how the book is will be a complete disaster, though a children’s tales, I believe that Jackson will add a more dark and mature tone in the movies. This is great, movie wise, it is a great nostalgia dose and a great way to tell a story.

  2. okok

    It would seem like a cheap way to draw in LOTR fans. Frodo doesnt even need to be mentioned or thought of. This is a movie about Bilbo, and it should be able to stand on its own as a story with out tacky little references to LOTR, evenif Frodo is your fav character.

    To be honest, I just want to see the movie start, with a panning shot over the shire, Gandalf strolling up the path and Ian Holmes voices saying “In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit….”

  3. Teresa_gibson31

    They are not doing the films because both have more or less stated they being up in age do not wish to go to New Zealand. Mr Lee said he would if they filmed his part in England.

  4. Gimme a break…Frodo wasent even freakin born yet!!!!!

  5. Goran

    I just hope that Peter Jackson & co. don’t listen too much to the ramblings of us, fans, and do what they do best – that is to create the sh*t out of this movie! XD I really don’t think The Hobbit would suffer the same fate as Star Wars prequel trilogy, but still it is a possibility.

  6. Kabe

    I would point out for those who are confused as to when Frodo would have read the book – at Crickhollow, when it is revealed that Merry, Pippin, and Fatty Bolger knew about Frodo’s intentions to leave the shire, Merry makes a comment about having taken a peek or two into Bilbo’s ‘red book’ as a younger boy. Obviously, there was material prepared and completed well before the events of LOTR begin – thus it’s not illogical for Frodo to have heard the tale and for Wood to thus be a narrator or a Princess Bride-esque listener.

  7. LOTR4EVER!

    Alright, come on now. I don’t think its fair to call this idea a “corruption” of Tolkein’s work. While the Hobbit movie (and the Lord of the Rings) are, indeed, renditions of their respective books, they are FILMS. A movie is a work of art in and of itself, regardless of the story it follows. A director has his/her own “right” to tweak and interpret a story line in the fashion pleasing him/her. Plus, a huge goal for a filmmaker is to appeal to a general audience- and the general audience LOVED the Lord of the Rings… So why not think out of the box, make connections between the two Epics (the Hobbit and the Trilogy), and tie them in to one giant people pleasing movie called the Hobbit? If you ask me, its kind of brilliant.

    I think the Hobbit is the perfect story to tweak, especially if it is going to be spread in to two movies. Tolkein has an entire book of unfinished tales of the Middle Earth that I think Peter Jackson could do an excellent job incorporating into this film, which could bring back a handful of characters from LOTR that don’t appear in the Hobbit. As far as who narrates the story, that is a toss up. While Bilbo did write the book, he does pass it on to Frodo. Even Sam could be a legitimate narrator. I don’t think Jackson is doing any sort of disfavor to Ian Holm by handing that role to Elijah Wood. Plus, if you’re trying to draw in fans of the LOTR films, Wood is the obvious choice as he plays a main character in the trilogy, while Holm’s appearances are significant but brief.

    I have also read the Trilogy several times. Tolkein is, in my opinion, is one of the most brilliant authors in existence. He created an entire world (maps and all!), a fantastic world, for readers across the globe to lose themselves in. But I also believe Peter Jackson is a brilliant director- turning that world in to a film without ruining the magic would be so difficult. Plus, I think it is unfair to really even compare book to movie beyond the basics. If Jackson were to include every character and exciting detail of those books in the movies, they would be several hours long. Just think, each one already lasts three hours, which is longer than your typical movie. Viewers would get lost and bored with anything beyond what Jackson has given us. Comparing the books to the movies is just not fair- they are aimed to appeal to too different of audiences.

    I say give the Hobbit a chance, all you downers! Embrace your last on screen visit to the middle earth!

    • Mithrandir

      Hmph. As long as the “tweaking” doesn’t involve both cutting out bits AND chucking things in from left field. That’s what really annoyed me about ttt and rotk. Sure, cut things if you absolutely can’t find space for them. Sure, add things in if there is room. Don’t ruin my favorite book though!

      • I completely agree… at first, when i heard of Jackson putting in all these characters not even MENTIONED in the book, I was upset because it seemed like it would ruin the plot. I am confident, however, he will find a way to make it work. His Arda-related movies are not exactly the same as the books (which suits me just fine, the way he’s done it), but are the closest I have as an ideal.

      • I completely agree… at first, when i heard of Jackson putting in all these characters not even MENTIONED in the book, I was upset because it seemed like it would ruin the plot. I am confident, however, he will find a way to make it work. His Arda-related movies are not exactly the same as the books (which suits me just fine, the way he’s done it), but are the closest I have as an ideal.

    • Minerva_Mandrake

      Couldn’t have said it better. A movie that follows the book so rigidly, as many of the fans seem to want, loses not only the majority of suspense that a little tweaking to the film would have provided, but a bit of the artsy essence. As not everyone is going to picture the characters’ looks, voices and attitudes the same way, it stands to reason that there will be plenty of disappointed viewers. But it’s not the end of the world, and a couple of new characters aren’t going to destroy or ruin the story in any way if placed and handled with care and taste. I myself hadn’t liked all the changes in the trilogy, they surprised me and put me on the edge of my seat, and that made it pretty worthwhile. 

      Jackson is such an amazing director, and I’m sure he’ll pull the Hobbit off with just as much, if not more, genius and finesse as the LOTR trilogy, especially now that plenty of years have passed and he’s got buckets more experience, better technological, and a host of new ideas. 

  8. GoblinKing

    Its not ‘canon’ (that is, strcitly source material), but lets face it people. Any retelling of a story after it has been published is going to vary in what the new people think is important, rather than having the same points being influenced ove and over. A good example for this might be King Kong, as told in the original, the remakes, and then Jacksons version. For my part, I’m not overly fussed about the prospect of seeing Wood again…but for all that, we don’t know how the story will be set out, or where the emphasis will fall, so it might be better to sit back and wait to see wat Jacko and his writing team etc can come up with.

  9. be0rn

    I like the idea of Frodo appearing in the Hobbit, and I’m more than happy to hear PJ is directing the movie again and Sir Ian McKellen will be back as Gandalf! But I think it’s a mistake to cast anyone else but Sir Ian Holm for Bilbo, since his looks and appearances after finding the Ring never changed, as Gandalf mentioned on Bilbo’s 111. birthday. So you can’t argue with Bilbo being some 60 years younger at the time of the Hobbit, but I guess Mr. Holm is maybe just a bit too old now to represent a vital and young Master Thief…

  10. Annie_Baggins

    IM uber duper super so excited about ‘The Hobbit’!!!! Can’t wait for it to be in the big screens! wow! I can imagine. It will be a massive hit again! 🙂 Tolkien, PJ, lotr casts, crew and productions = greatest movie of the year again. AMAZING.

  11. Nam

    It’ll be great to have Frodo in the film in order to help position “The Hobbit” as part of the LOTR story arc. But PLEASE let the film start in the iconic and earthy Shire rather than in the random, cloying, sci-fi land of the gray havens! – even if that makes things less consistent with the books (I say that with love, people)

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  13. Zigmono

    Don´t really like the idea that Frodo will be in the film.

  14. Quilled Mind

    If you have something as incredible as a shark…why make a shark with laser-beams on his head?
    The story is huge and full and perfect as it is…why randomly try to fit in characters and scenes that aren’t in the original, just for the sake of it?
    Dumb.
    Elves in there…yes…Hobbits…no.

  15. Jaidoprism

    Can’t wait for “The Hobbit” to come out. The Hobbit movie should run smoothly with Peter Jackson at the helm. However I’d like to see the movie filmed according to the events that took place strictly within the time frame of the actual book. Lets not forget the White Council and their battle with the Necromancer of Dol Goldur in Mirkwood, there we could see an intense stand-off between the ghost of Sauron against Saruman and Gandalf along with the other three wizards. Not to mention memories of The Lonely mountain and Dale before Smaug. In other words The Hobbit itself should have more than enough history and goings-on to fill two films with ease + DVD extended editions if need be, but once again it would be a mistake to make the Hobbit part four of a movie so loved by Tolkein fans. Still looking forward to it. Just wanna play all four movies in order in my home. Selfish I know.

  16. Jaidoprism

    Can’t wait for “The Hobbit” to come out. The Hobbit movie should run smoothly with Peter Jackson at the helm. However I’d like to see the movie filmed according to the events that took place strictly within the time frame of the actual book. Lets not forget the White Council and their battle with the Necromancer of Dol Goldur in Mirkwood, there we could see an intense stand-off between the ghost of Sauron against Saruman and Gandalf along with the other three wizards. Not to mention memories of The Lonely mountain and Dale before Smaug. In other words The Hobbit itself should have more than enough history and goings-on to fill two films with ease + DVD extended editions if need be, but once again it would be a mistake to make the Hobbit part four of a movie so loved by Tolkein fans. Still looking forward to it. Just wanna play all four movies in order in my home. Selfish I know.

  17. Jaidoprism

    Can’t wait for “The Hobbit” to come out. The Hobbit movie should run smoothly with Peter Jackson at the helm. However I’d like to see the movie filmed according to the events that took place strictly within the time frame of the actual book. Lets not forget the White Council and their battle with the Necromancer of Dol Goldur in Mirkwood, there we could see an intense stand-off between the ghost of Sauron against Saruman and Gandalf along with the other three wizards. Not to mention memories of The Lonely mountain and Dale before Smaug. In other words The Hobbit itself should have more than enough history and goings-on to fill two films with ease + DVD extended editions if need be, but once again it would be a mistake to make the Hobbit part four of a movie so loved by Tolkein fans. Still looking forward to it. Just wanna play all four movies in order in my home. Selfish I know.

  18. Jaidoprism

    Can’t wait for “The Hobbit” to come out. The Hobbit movie should run smoothly with Peter Jackson at the helm. However I’d like to see the movie filmed according to the events that took place strictly within the time frame of the actual book. Lets not forget the White Council and their battle with the Necromancer of Dol Goldur in Mirkwood, there we could see an intense stand-off between the ghost of Sauron against Saruman and Gandalf along with the other three wizards. Not to mention memories of The Lonely mountain and Dale before Smaug. In other words The Hobbit itself should have more than enough history and goings-on to fill two films with ease + DVD extended editions if need be, but once again it would be a mistake to make the Hobbit part four of a movie so loved by Tolkein fans. Still looking forward to it. Just wanna play all four movies in order in my home. Selfish I know.

  19. Maxim83ds

    probably take those 60 years to finish both films

  20. Fan of the books

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Bilbo told his story during the Council of Elrond? In that way it would be perfectly logical to have all the old characters present.

  21. Mossup_lilly

    Why didn’t Peter Jackson film the Hobbit first? Tolkin didn’t write lord of the rings before the Hobbit did he.

  22. He WASNT ALIVE DURING THE HOBBIT!!!!!

  23. Graeme

    Just argued with my wife tonight that Frodo and Sam were not even charaters in ‘The Hobit’ and she is already convinced that they were. Just goes to show that they should have simply made ‘The Hobit’ first, rather than ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Who gets to make these decisions anyway and are they actualy aware of the after effects? None the less thanks for making them. Please don’t attempt Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ 
    though!

  24. Richmally

    I’m sure everybody on here is looking forward to ‘The Hobbit’. As a small kid The Hobbit was a much easier read and little less daunting than LOTR in size. I’m sure that this book was read a lot more than LOTR for that reason. I read LOTR much later and also enjoyed the unfinished animated film. Although LOTR is a continuation of The Hobbit the two books were entirely different. The Hobbit was more of a fantasy childrens book whereas LOTR took the tale to a much more darker level. LOTR was divided into 3 parts, each one of them about twice as long as the single Hobbit novel. Peter Jackson did a great job of the 3 films for LOTR and i dont think anyone could have done better. I am however wondering how the tale of The Hobbit can be stretched into 2 parts, the book seems too short to warrant 2 films. I just wondered if anyone else thought this?

  25. Lindhart

    it’s a long time ago i read lord of the rings, (the two towers) but if the the movie was following Aragorn’s age, he would be about 27 years old, because according to the film, he is 87 years old in lord of the rings 2:)
    So i would say that if they want him in the movie, it’s highly possibly that he is.

    • Brockhubby

      viggo cannot play believingly as a 27 yr old now days.. hes just too old.

  26. Matt

    This just dosn’t make sense. I want to see Frodo agian, just as much as the next guy, but come on. This is takeing place 60 years before Frodo ever sets off on his adventure. Therefore, It literally wouldn’t make sense for him to be featured in this film. The only way I could see him making an apperence is when (end of 3) When they leave on the boat, or wherever they end up going, Frodo starts to read the book. That’s the only way I could see him making an apperance.

  27. Barni

    this movie is going to be amazing!cause peter jackson is great,the way he filmed lotr is fantastic!luv ya Peter!<3

  28. Hdjsksksks

    i like lord of the rings

  29. NO! NOO!!!!!! Frodo shouldnt be in the movie, he wasnt in the book damnit!

  30. Jschneider1163

    that is alsome

  31. Flossiepant

    my name is flornce i cant wait to see elijah wood in the hobbit i cant wait to see it come out i dot maid elijah will me setphanie is it ok with yuo 

  32. Familiar

    Frodo was a terrible character in the LOTR movies. Well, the LOTR movies were pretty bad in general, if you have read the books. Looks like The Hobbit is going in the same direction. Legolas appears to be in it as well, which is silly. Also, there are additional fabricated characters in the cast. sigh.

  33. Ugh

    There is absolutely nothing that refers to Frodo in the Hobbit, not that i don’t wanna see Elijah Wood, he made a great hobbit. But I think that for a lot of LOTR fans, that ACTUALLY read, it might kill the way they feel about the movie. The others were great, but didn’t follow story very well. I mean, hell… they left out Tom Bombadil in the Fellowship. It’s a great part of the book, and fairly early on. I hate it when people take others perfection and try to make it their own. They leave out great things and add stuff that never even happened…or crossing story line. :p

  34. It is an interesting idea if done correctly.. oh and i just read it’s going to be three movies now and not just two…..

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