Not a huge fan of the “Lord of the Rings” films, not because I don’t find them absolutely and positively visually amazing and encompassing some fine performances, but simply because of the chafing. Cherry butt syndrome hinders my enjoyment of those oh-so-long films. And while I’ll no doubt be catching the two new “Hobbit” movies, I can only assume my butt will be back for another whinge come next Christmas. Butts do that.
For those that are mad for Middle Earth though, the first trailer for “The Hobbit” is online. Featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, with “Rings” reprisers Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian Holm and Andy Serkis, with the expectedly lavish locales and landscapes that are now synonymous with the “Rings” movies, the Peter Jackson directed prequel is destined to make a gazillion dollars when it opens next December.
“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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 Oakensheild. 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.