Elijah Wood to appear in 'The Hobbit'
January 10th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Elijah Wood to appear in 'The Hobbit'

Editor's Note: Look out below the jump: There's a spoiler alert as to how Elijah Wood's character will fit into 'The Hobbit.'

After much speculation, it's finally official: Elijah Wood has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's two-part "The Hobbit" saga.

While that may be fantastic news for "Lord of the Rings" fans, it also has followers of the J.R.R. Tolkien book series scratching their heads, since Wood's character, Frodo, doesn't appear in "The Hobbit" novel and wasn't even born when the action takes place.

The explanation is simple:


According to Entertainment Weekly, Frodo will appear at the beginning of both "Hobbit" films, narrating his uncle Bilbo Baggins's story from a memoir that Bilbo left behind.

That memoir is contained in a book that Frodo was seen writing in at the end of 2003's "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

"The Hobbit," which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf, is scheduled to begin shooting in New Zealand in February.

The films are currently slated to arrive in theaters in December 2012 and 2013.

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  1. OfficerCarlWinslow

    Spoiler alert! we all read the book.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jayme

    I think itll be a great film! And mite i add, its rude for people to comment negatively just to be heard! We may be Hobbit nerds, but they have hate in thier hearts, sad

    January 11, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. VegasRage

    Smaug! Smaug! Smaug!

    January 11, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. timmytimm3

    To everyone crying about ruining the original storylines: At least it's not "The Crystal Skull"

    January 11, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. hfe

    Frodo' past was altered for the LOTR films, therefore I do not know how they are going to work him into The Hobbit.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kristi

    I loved the movies, and I am a purist thank you very much...

    January 11, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kristi

    If you really wanted to make a movie and follow the books... He should do the simarillion... I love love love Tolkien!

    January 11, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      The Silmarillion (this is the correct spelling, by the way) takes place in the First Age of Middle Earth. It describes the creation of Middle Earth. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings take place in the Thrid Age. There is no way to tie them together. In the first place, to try to put the Silmarillion on the big screen would be an undertaking the likes of which would compare to the six part Star Wars saga, only it would probably take a lot more than six parts. It's that massive.

      January 11, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Thoren Oakensheild

      True that, Frankie. And as far as I know, Tolkein didn't write any books that took place in the Second Age.

      January 11, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frankie

    I know movie directors take license in putting books to the big screen, but us purists don't like whats going on. The Hobbit is a master work in it's own right. We don't need to see a "hook" to get LOTR movie fans to see The Hobbit.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Sidney Little

      Correct, Frankie. Anyone who saw LOTR will know what to expect from The Hobbit without needing a "hook". Anyone who read both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings ARE purists, as I am. Most of us have re-read all four books several times. Those of us who are purist are most assuredly annoyed at what will be done to The Hobbit.

      January 11, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Turd Hammer(er)

      Guess what...the general public DOES need a "hook" to tie the movies together and if you were a "purist" you wouldnt have seen the movies in the first place...so i guess that makes you a "sellout."

      January 11, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    Great – so the world's gonna end before they release this thing! Just our luck!!!

    January 11, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. justsane

    hardly a "spoiler"...

    January 11, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lil

    Yes! Thank you – can hardly wait. Been hoping for some of the old faces to show up in the new movie and my prayers have been answered. Luckily for us fans, Peter Jackson will be directing this one as well. And now for the icing on the cake: please bring back The King (Viggo Mortensen) – sometimes dreams do come true!

    January 11, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Thoren Oakenshield

      The Hobbit takes place in a different time; many years before the fellowship, and in a completely different part of Middle Earth than does LOTR. To put charactors from LOTR in the Hobbit dilutes the whole timeline and reduces Middle Earth, a whole continent, into a small territory. This whole thing is a shame

      January 11, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankie

      Quite right. And if you want a King to be in the Hobbit, there already is one. Thoren Oakenshield is the King Under the Mountain. No need for Aragon.

      January 11, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. dere

    This will be awesome

    January 11, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    He was actually pretty good in Green Street Hooligans, if you haven't seen the movie it is worth the rental!

    January 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stacie

      Loved that movie. Changed the way I look at soccer. Made it much more interesting!

      January 11, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. jer

    I love how the other hobbit said his name... "fedodo"

    January 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cam

    It will be a great two movies. They know they have a blockbuster on their hands and Peter Jackon will only make the Hobbit better.

    January 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. R

    And I'm still really annoyed Jackson left out Tom Bombadil and the Barrow-Downs from The Fellowship of the Ring.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. R

    That's a good idea. And certainly Arwen and Aragorn were at Rivendell when Bilbo and Company visited there. I hope they include them. Hugo Weaving is a no-brainer but I haven't heard anything.

    January 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Golum

    Frodo Baggins stole my Precious...

    January 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Marti

    Wow. How Awesome is this! The Hobbit was one of my favorite novels in high school. I graduated in 1972..The Lord of The Rings saga was fantastic. 2012 a whole year b4 the movie is released into theaters? Its something worth the wait!

    January 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  20. sweetenedtea

    If we're going to be inserting characters that aren't actually in the book, why not give Glorfindel some face time in "The Hobbit" to make up for the producers replacing him with that awful transparent marketing ploy named Liv Tyler in LotR?

    January 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Rav

    Since the first book is being shown last in movie form
    its only Natural to set up the "time line" with Frodo's narration

    January 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ShingoEX

    If it's just narration, it's far from an "appearance". The term by definition is visual, not aural...

    January 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Becky

    Very Cool!!!! Can't wait!!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Max

    As previously mentioned, the memoir seen at the end of the Return of the King was written by Bilbo, not Frodo (he is finishing it at the beginning of Fellowship of the Ring, if I am not mistaken) – Frodo, mimicking his uncle, records his own story after it.

    January 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jake

    Worst spoiler ever? Why is that even a spoiler?

    The Hobbit will have hobbits in it.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Valerie

    Frodo will appear at the beginning of both "Hobbit" films, narrating his uncle Bilbo Baggins's story from a memoir that Bilbo left behind.


    January 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Tom Bombadil

    Where's my movie!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • luthien

      it was quite a pity you were omitted before you merry fellow...

      January 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strider

      Sorry, Tom. but there wasn't room for you and Fatty Lumpkin. Now had PJ been working for HBO, you might not have gotten cut,

      January 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  28. RichG

    The hobbit dies in the last part.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. carol

    Considering the reality that three signifiant volumes became three movies... one far smaller volume becoming two movies doubtless could benefit from some artistic.. license? That said, so far I've relished Jackson's license!

    January 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Richard

    Folks give Peter Jackson some respect!
    The LOTR movies are great!! No they are not exactly what was in the books but every book is changed when it's turned into a movie. He kept the spirit of the books in the movies.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Ted Sanderson

    Once again Peter Jackson is displaying his supreme arrogance by changing Tolkien's masterworks.

    January 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      If that's how you feel – then don't go see it – simple.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Ted, get over yourself. It's called an "adaptation." And dead man Tolkien would be the first to give Jackson a hug for what he's done to (and for) his novels.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. terry d

    was'nt the hobbit supposed to be first?

    January 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      I guess you didn't have to explain to a 65 year old over the holiday that Star Wars 4 is really Star Wars 1, and that little kid is Darth Vader...

      January 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  33. daskalos

    Ah, so the ruination of this work is already keeping pace with the disaster that came before it. Why is Galadriel in this movie?

    January 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • crisy

      Have you read the book??

      January 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bert

      Um, have you read the book, crisy? Galadriel isn't in it. Neither is Frodo. But I'm glad that being able to have Elijah Wood's face on the McDonald's official "The Hobbit" juice glass is more important than the source material.

      January 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. MMM

    Tricksy hobbitses....

    January 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. For Frodo

    While I'm accepting of the fact that PJ is adding work for Frodo, and that it fits the confines of the book, I can't see any way he could add too many others from LOTR. The elves are really the only ones alive during 'The Hobbit' and Legolas isn't even mentioned, although Thranduil, his father, is. Gimli possibly as he would have been a young dwarf (150-ish) at the time. Aragorn was about 7 during Bilbo's adventures, and the others would have not been

    January 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aragorn

      Actually I was 27 years old at the time of the Hobbit, which was 60 years before the FOTR.

      January 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Strider

      Orlando Bloom could easily have a cameo.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • iroquoisjoe

      Aragorn was born in 2931, while Bilbo's adventure took place in 2941 (check LOTR III Appx B) – so he would be 10 years old. I think it's great the PJ will be bringing in all aspects of the story. Galadriel was part of the White Council, and others like Legolas and maybe even Gimli could be fit in somehow.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. pallyewain

    they should of started with this movie first the book was great cant wait to see the finished product

    January 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Ccx

    Its about time they started this movie, with the delays and all i thought it'd never come out.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick A

      I agree. To bad they lost an awesome director over the delays. I would of loved to see Guillermo Del Toro's adaptation of the Hobbit story. Visually if it would of been anything like Pan's Labyrinth it would of been mind blowing to see. I guess we will never know. I'm still excited to see the movies but a little disappointed in loosing Guillermo.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • James B

      Nick A, I agree with your sentiment. However, it's "would HAVE," not "would OF." And it's LOSE, not LOOSE. Come ON, man.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick A

      Did you understand what I was trying to say? Sorry for the misspellings. I'm just not as perfect as you.

      January 11, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  38. jim spence

    This movie and the second part are going to great! The fact that frodos in them even makes them better!

    January 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. FRAN

    Ever since his role in Sin City he kind of creeps me out! Great actor though.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • svscnn

      He was super-creepy in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" too.

      January 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      IIn Sin City, he plays someone who loves women a little too much, yet never seems able to maintain a relationship. It's rather beautiful in a sad, longing way.

      January 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweetenedtea

      @todd: And here I was thinking the twisted religious ideas, murder and cannibalism were the most notable aspects of his character. Go figure.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Todd, you are one sick pup.

      January 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Sin CIty is the ONLY movie role I ever liked him in... including as a hobbit. I typically can't stand looking at the guy.

      January 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Funny, I thought his best performance was in Spy Kids.

      January 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Tevii

    I dont mind this little addition. Its completely unnecessary, but I dont mind.
    The suits just want them to be tied together as closely as possible, not realizing the fan base doesnt need little gimmicks like this.

    January 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. James

    Not all that shocking...The Hobbit will try and tie in as many LOTR characters as they can. I don't mind necessarily, plenty of characters have back stories that can be interwoven into the Hobbit lore – so long as they do it well and pay mind to the source material...

    January 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ron31

    He looks like a young Eminem

    January 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. LBW

    He does make a cute hobbit. I couldn't imagine him not playing in it. I can't wait to see it.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

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