Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
In case you have not seen Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, then one might think that you have been living in the shire too long and need to get out for “an unexpected journey.” For those Lord of the Ring fans that have been secretly watching the LOTR trilogy late at night for the past 10 years, we can tell you that The Hobbit will exceed your expectations. Everything about the Hobbit is beautiful, haunting, enjoyable for every second of the movie. The photography and masterful talents of Peter Jackson are at least 10 fold better than the original Lord of the Ring series. The scenes of New Zealand’s mountainous landscapes are simply breathtaking and set the stage for the start of a Baggins quest to rid the Dwarf Kingdom of the fearsome dragon Smaug. Now we all know that is not going to happen until the third movie comes out in 2014, but this will give us plenty of time to ramp up our dwarf outfits for Halloween, our Hobbit parties with plenty of ale, and of course the release of the extended release 4 hour director’s cut which in itself will call for another hobbit party to celebrate.
One of our favorite scenes of the movie is in the shire at Bilbo Baggins hobbit home. “That’s what Bilbo Baggins Hates” is a raunchy, raise your glasses high, drinking and eating tune by 8 of the most rude, burping, singing and dancing dwarfs that middle earth has ever known. Thorin, Gloin, Oin, Balin, Dwalin, Bofur, Bifur and Kili chant the song while drinking and eating all of Bilbo’s treasured hobbit delicacies of bread, cheese, meat and of course Ale! As the night settles into early morning dark hours, the mood turns more serious as Thorin sings the sweeping and mesmerizing “Misty Mountains” with the dwarfs joining in to recount their lost dwarf kingdom and gold.
Expect to meet up with some familiar characters such as Gandalf, Gollum, and the Elven peoples of Rivendale. As well as new characters both good and evil that adds a tremendous dimension to this story. The Hobbit provided us with an engaging and entertaining story to feed our love for this wonderful serious of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books brought to life by Peter Jackson.
See the movie, buy the DVD and return to the shire to delight in your middle earth travels.5 stars from Celtic Radio!
Picture Gallery from the Movie: The Hobbit