Return To The Shire: Elijah Wood Confirmed For The Hobbit

It’s official: Elijah Wood has signed on to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s two-picture adaptation of The Hobbit.

As we noted earlier today, when Wood’s involvement was merely rumored, although Frodo is the protagonist of The Lord of the Rings, the character isn’t even mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved 1937 novel. According to The One Ring fan site, Frodo will appear in the opening sequence of each film, helping to link the prequels to the blockbuster trilogy.

Wood isn’t the only actor from The Lord of the Rings whose character is being inserted into Jackson’s Hobbit: Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel, Orlando Bloom’s Legolas (still unconfirmed) and Sylvester McCoy’s Radagast the Brown will all make appearances in the adaptation, despite their absence from the novel. There’s still no word about Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving, three Lord of the Rings alumni whose characters — Gandalf, Gollum and Elrond — play important roles in The Hobbit.

The Hobbit, which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is set for release in December 2012 and December 2013.

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  • Anthony

    I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this move. It’d be nice if Frodo shows up in the series when he needs to show up, not so the audience can say “Hey, I know him!”

    Why not stop by Rohan and see how young Prince Theoden is doing, or swing by Gondor and admire baby Boromir?

    The only way I see it “working” is if Ian Holm comes back as old Bilbo so the films seamlessly transition into LoTR after telling Bilbo’s story in flashback.

    I’d also add that Frodo’s appearance seems to indirectly confirm that they’ll probably shoot Martin Freeman doing the shot from Gollum’s cave for “Fellowship’s” prologue. Which mean’s we’ll get, at the very least, “special” editions with further changes, additions and/or revisions.

    Sigh. Just tell the story.

  • demoncat_4

    could see Frodo for the other hobbit film. the one that is suppose to bridge the gap between lotr and the hobbit. as for Ian and Andy odds are they will proably be the last and final cast members signed.

  • Ryan

    With all these characters who aren’t in the novel, maybe it will be something that’s technically taking place after Return of the King. Like, what’s really going on is everyone is sitting around Rivendale reading “There and Back Again” and what we see for the majority of the film is just a flashback. I wouldn’t like that as much as just seeing the story told, but I’d rather see it that way than shoving characters into the actual story for no reason, just like everyone else seems to think.

  • http://twitter.com/kfreeman13 Kevin Freeman

    Not sure how I feel about this, but will give PJ the benefit of the doubt.

  • Cainmarco71

    loved the book . i read it twice.

  • Ortiz

    So, they have Wood, Blanchett and Bloom, not important in the book, their characters doesn’t even appear, but McKellen, Serkis and Weaving are in the limbo, and they ARE important for the story, doesn’t look good, I really hope they could confirm those three, at least McKellen and Serkis.

    Peace

  • Anonymous

    I really do hope they inject humor into this film. “The Lord of the Rings” is dark and epic and serious, which makes it a great sequel because that element takes the reader who has just come away from “The Hobbit” by surprise.

    In contrast, “The Hobbit” is whimsical and relaxed, but still full of great moments, which is due to the fact that Bilbo is the one who narrates it. I don’t know if it was necessary to bring in Frodo as an adult, but I don’t think it would be too far off the mark to give this film a tone similar to “Big Fish” or “The Princess Bride.”

    With all the films that have cheaply knocked off the flavor of LOTR in the last decade, such as “Eragon” and “The Golden Compass”, it wouldn’t hurt for Peter Jackson to approach this differently.

  • Dantecat

    Legolas actually could work, because FOTR established that his father was the king of the Wood Elves that fought in the Battle of Five Armies – so Legolas accompanied his father – not too much of a stretch.