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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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Reader Feedback - 32 Comments

1

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.

LetterJ13 on Jan 7, 2011

2

It depends on whether or not Ian Holm himself wants to be involved in this project.

Jez on Jan 10, 2011

3

this sound like it could be good, but it also sounds like this could be slowly turning into the Star Wars prequels.

kubaker1 on Jan 7, 2011

4

Kubajer1 .. Having Frodo in the opening sequences relates to the Star Wars prequels because .... ?

Hattorin Hanzo on Jan 7, 2011

5

That's what I was thinking... 😉

Modern American Man on Jan 8, 2011

6

"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!

Sumit on Jan 7, 2011

7

that'd be a perfect intro!

Anonymous on Jan 8, 2011

8

"And when you do, maybe you'll look even younger than you do now..."

Chris on Jan 8, 2011

9

Poor guy really does need a job

Jimmy Love on Jan 7, 2011

10

Epic.

Robbie on Jan 7, 2011

11

Epic jackass

Manuel on Jan 7, 2011

12

sweetness.

Xerxex on Jan 7, 2011

13

I might be one of the few movie buffs that couldn't care less about these movies..

Lincoln on Jan 7, 2011

14

Haha, you got that right.

Haz on Jan 8, 2011

15

WB isn't going to lose sleep (or money) because you don't care about these films.

voodoo2 on Jan 8, 2011

16

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!

donsolo77 on Jan 8, 2011

17

Good times I can't wait, this will kick ass.

Dandoo on Jan 8, 2011

18

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.

Modern American Man on Jan 8, 2011

19

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!

Redguy812 on Jan 8, 2011

20

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.

SapphireD910 on Jan 8, 2011

21

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.

tir na nog on Jan 8, 2011

22

Wow! I so love the thought of Elijah's comeback as 'Frodo Baggins'. This is another anticipated movie to await.

Sandra Hopkins on Jan 8, 2011

23

nice

A5J4DX on Jan 8, 2011

24

"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....

Dr.Duvel on Jan 8, 2011

25

I guess he is in need of a job, i dont see the need for him in this tho

Jimmy Love on Jan 9, 2011

26

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 on Jan 9, 2011

27

Peter Jackson did a fantastic job with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011

28

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!)

Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011

29

really? really? another movie with the hobbit lol ok

Spindle on Jan 9, 2011

30

AWesome!!!!

unnamedsoul on Jan 11, 2011

31

"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 🙂

David Banner on Jan 12, 2011

32

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!!!!!

Asad on Jan 12, 2011

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