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“Hobbit” film names, release dates announced

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” prequels to “The Lord of the Rings” series finally have names. Gossip Cop broke the news, rating the rumor a 10 on the “real vs. rumor” scale (the highest possible score). Reportedly, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will open on December 14, 2012 and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will open on December 13, 2013.

The plot features young hobbit Bilbo Baggins traveling to Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which had been taken from them by the dragon, Smaug. Many actors from Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy will reprise their roles in the “Hobbit” films, including Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Ian McKellan (Gandalf) and Elijah Wood (Frodo). The young Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman (“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “Love Actually”).

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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One Comment

  • May 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    This is exactly what I was wondering, Lux. It’s not an incredibly long book. It made sense to break Lord of the Rings up into three films because that ended up being 1 book per film. But the Hobbit’s just a nice, quick read.

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