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Confirmed: Elijah Wood Returing as Frodo Baggins in 'The Hobbit'

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January 7, 2011
Source: TheOneRing.net

Frodo Baggins

Yesterday, we reported that Warner Bros will be paying the entire $500 million pricetag to finally get the long-gestating adaptation of The Hobbit off the ground with Peter Jackson at the helm. While the cast has certainly been growing over the past few months, yesterday's news brought an interesting new addition in the form of Elijah Wood potentially reprising his role as Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings. Because of his relation to The Hobbit's main character, Bilbo Baggins (to be played by Martin Freeman), this didn't seem absurd, but now TheOneRing.net has confirmed the return as Frodo and details on the size of his role.

Though initially, the two-part adaptation would have used the first film to tell the story of The Hobbit and the second film to bridge the gap between that story and The Lord of the Rings (by way of all the appendices from J.R.R. Tolkien's universe), the film is simply a two-part telling of the singular book. And so, TheOneRing.net has confirmed that Elijah Wood will appear as Frodo in the opening sequences of each film. The story of The Hobbit is being told to Frodo at the same time it is being told to the audience. So we're all just having a good ole Middle-Earth story time together. I'd be willing to bet Frodo would also appear at the end of the second film and if Bilbo is telling the story, that he might say something along the lines of, "Maybe some day you'll have an adventure of your own." That would be a nice lead-in to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What do you think?

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  • LetterJ13
    So are they also going to get the original "Bilbo", Ian Holm, to portray the elder version of the character in the opening sequences? It makes sense to me, if they are going to get Wood to play Frodo.
    • Jez
      It depends on whether or not Ian Holm himself wants to be involved in this project.
  • kubaker1
    this sound like it could be good, but it also sounds like this could be slowly turning into the Star Wars prequels.
  • Hattorin Hanzo
    Kubajer1 .. Having Frodo in the opening sequences relates to the Star Wars prequels because .... ?
    • http://twitter.com/ModAmericanMan Modern American Man
      That's what I was thinking... ;)
  • Sumit
    "that he might say something along the lines of, "Maybe some day you'll have an adventure of your own." That would be a nice lead-in to the Lord of the Rings trilogy." Love that!
    • Anonymous
      that'd be a perfect intro!
    • Chris
      "And when you do, maybe you'll look even younger than you do now..."
  • Jimmy Love
    Poor guy really does need a job
  • Robbie
    Epic.
  • Manuel
    Epic jackass
  • Xerxex
    sweetness.
  • Lincoln
    I might be one of the few movie buffs that couldn't care less about these movies..
    • Haz
      Haha, you got that right.
    • voodoo2
      WB isn't going to lose sleep (or money) because you don't care about these films.
    • donsolo77
      So if you "couldn't care less about these movies.." ,you just thought,"I'll make a Dumb-ass comment, because I'm a total D-bag",yeah thats the ticket!
  • Dandoo
    Good times I can't wait, this will kick ass.
  • http://twitter.com/ModAmericanMan Modern American Man
    That is the difference between Peter Jackson and most directors: He wants us to feel as if we're involved in the telling of a story, journey, adventure...These will surely be incredible films.
  • Redguy812
    i say it's a MUST for all actors to return for this one, i loved LOTR trilogy, nobody can be replaced. maybe liv tyler can switch with her dad, but that's it!
  • SapphireD910
    Makes me think of The Princess Bride. Except I wouldn't want Frodo reacting to the story and interrupting it. It makes me wonder about the flow of the story. I sort of prefer it in the moment experiencing it with Bilbo as we did Frodo, not as a story. I bet that they'll break up the story with Frodo's bedtime or something. Bleh... Otherwise, amazingly great news they're trying to keep this irreplaceable cast together. Consistency is such a nice little touch in a series of films.
  • tir na nog
    Cant wait,the riddle of the dark chapter should be an amazing scene....hard act to follow in original films....Freeman is perfect and I hope they bring back Christopher Lee and Mckellan which at the moment is not a foregone conclusion.Michael Fassbender would be perfect as Beorn.
  • Sandra Hopkins
    Wow! I so love the thought of Elijah's comeback as 'Frodo Baggins'. This is another anticipated movie to await.
  • http://twitter.com/A5J4DX A5J4DX
    nice
  • Dr.Duvel
    "Maybe some day you'll have an adventure of your own."?? Well, I've had a couple of G&T's so not sure I'm right here, but didn't Bilbo complete "There and back again" at the beginning of Fellowship ?. I think the best way to do this would be to have Frodo tell the story to Sams kids....
  • Jimmy Love
    I guess he is in need of a job, i dont see the need for him in this tho
  • Anonymous
    Nice! I must admit I was getting concerned when they announced Legolas would be in it as well, but Im starting to see where they might be going with this.
  • Anonymous
    Peter Jackson did a fantastic job with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
    • Anonymous
      agreed, tazhannan - now, if we could get mr. jackson to give us the EXTENDED verisons of the LotR movies on bluray, please? (sooner rather than later!)
  • Spindle
    really? really? another movie with the hobbit lol ok
  • http://twitter.com/mysteriousnumb unnamedsoul
    AWesome!!!!
  • David Banner
    "Though initially, the two-part adaptation would have used the first film to tell the story of The Hobbit and the second film to bridge the gap between that story and The Lord of the Rings (by way of all the appendices from J.R.R. Tolkien's universe), ***the film is simply a two-part telling of the singular book*** VERY happy to hear this :)
  • Asad
    Yes, of course, you stupid americans with hamburger rotten brains must change everything, even if original was masterpiece. There is NO FRODO in book because he was not even planed when Bilbo went on his perilious journey!!!!!

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