TheOneRing.Net has recently confirmed that Elijah Wood will be reprising his role as Frodo for the upcoming ‘Hobbit’ films. Now before you Tolkien fanboys get your panties in a bunch about this announcement, you must understand that it is being done in a manner that doesn’t infringe upon the story of The Hobbit. Peter Jackson isn’t trying to crowbar Frodo into the plot of ‘The Hobbit’ films, but he is going to use him as some sort of a narrator to introduce the story of his Uncle Bilbo’s adventures with Gandalf and the Dwarves. The official statement on TheOneRing.Net reads:
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.
After reading that I’m fine with the decision, and it should serve as a way to familiarize ‘The Hobbit’ to the fans who’ve only seen the LOTR trilogy. Besides, I think Elijah needs some work anyways. He hasn’t really been in the limelight since his turn as Frodo, so this will be a good way to further cement his legacy as that guy who played that hobbit dude. I could live with that. Money is money, and I’m sure Wood has his fair share of it from LOTR. Stay tuned for more ‘Hobbit’ production details as they come to light. You’ve been willing to be typecast as a Hobbit for millions of dollars…
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