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—Katharine Hepburn

Synopsis: A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug.


Reaction: Well made, but this book doesn't need three movies. Two, maaaaaybe. Not three.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Peter Jackson => Director / Writer
Fran Walsh => Writer
Guillermo del Toro => Writer
Philippa Boyens => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
Adam Brown => Ori
Aidan Turner => Kili
Andy Serkis => Gollum
Barry Humphries => Great Goblin
Benedict Cumberbatch => Necromancer
Bret McKenzie => Lindir
Brian Hotter => Otho Sackville-Baggins (uncredited)
Cate Blanchett => Galadriel
Christopher Lee => Saruman
Conan Stevens => Bolg
Dean O'Gorman => Fili
Elijah Wood => Frodo
Graham McTavish => Dwalin
Hugo Weaving => Elrond
Ian Holm => Old Bilbo
Ian McKellen => Gandalf
James Nesbitt => Bofur
Jed Brophy => Nori
Jeffrey Thomas => Thror
John Callen => Oin
John Rawls => Yazneg
Ken Stott => Balin
Kiran Shah => Goblin Scribe
Lee Pace => Thranduil
Manu Bennett => Azog
Mark Hadlow => Bert Troll / Dori
Martin Freeman => Bilbo
Michael Mizrahi => Thrain (as Mike Mizrahi)
Peter Hambleton => Gloin / William Troll
Richard Armitage => Thorin
Stephen Gledhill => Old Gammidge (uncredited)
Stephen Hunter => Bombur
Stephen Ure => Grinnah / Fimbul
Sylvester McCoy => Radagast
Terry Notary => Goblin (uncredited)
Thomas Robins => Young Thrain
Timothy Bartlett => Master Worrywort
William Kircher => Tom Troll / Bifur

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Saruman, Gandalf and Radagast are also known as "the white", "the gray" and "the brown", respectively. These nicknames match straightly with their clothes and hair. In addition, Saruman is the only one not having hat or cloak over his head, a symbol of his status as leader of the wizards.
  • Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug/Necromancer) both star together in the BBC production of [Sherlock]; Cumberbatch plays the title role with Freeman playing Dr. Watson.
  • Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) was previously considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Frodo (Elijah Wood), Saruman (Christopher Lee), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) are all returning characters from the [Lord of the Rings] films though none of them actually appear in the book The Hobbit. This is the same for Radagast (Sylvester McCoy), who is only mentioned in The Hobbit but does not actually appear until The Lord of the Rings. Conversely however, Radagast was omitted from [The Lord of the Rings] films.
  • The sequence between Bilbo and Gollum was filmed in complete takes, with the actors performing the entire scene from beginning to end like a stage play over the course of two weeks. It was at the beginning of production, and Peter Jackson wanted to help Martin Freeman settle into the role of Bilbo.
  • Bombur only says one line during the entire movie.
  • Stephen Hunter (Bombur) caught the egg thrown into his mouth on the first take but was unable to catch it on subsequent takes. Therefore the take used was the first one.
  • The elk that Thranduil (Lee Pace) rides on is played by a horse, named Moose.
  • Aidan Turner, who plays Kili, was cast by Peter Jackson after seeing him on the BBC series [Being Human]. Turner quit the series in order to be in "The Hobbit."
  • While filming the Battle of Azanulbizar, Richard Armitage smacked himself in the face so hard with his shield that he managed to bite completely through his lower lip.
  • Ken Stott's character, Balin, is the same character whose tomb is visited by the Fellowship in Moria in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Gloin, played by Peter Hambleton, is father of Gimli, the character portrayed by John Rhys-Davies in the [Lord of the Rings] films. The same axe is wielded by both dwarves.
  • Peter Jackson claims that when he called Christopher Lee to invite him to the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lee responded, intimidatingly, "Am I still in the movie?" Lee had originally been slated to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final installment of [The Lord of the Rings## trilogy, but his scenes were cut from the theatrical release which caused the actor and director to have a brief falling out.
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, James McAvoy, [?] Erryn Arkin and Tobey Maguire were considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins. However, Peter Jackson has said that his first choice was always Martin Freeman. Freeman was initially unable to accept the role, due to scheduling conflicts with [Sherlock], but Jackson reworked the entire shooting schedule for the Hobbit films to accommodate him.
  • Gollum only appears in one scene in the book. Andy Serkis completed that scene during the first week of production, but stayed on as Second Unit Director.