The Hobbit Trilogy

The Hobbit trilogy dvd cover.jpgOn September 2, 1973 the world lost J.R.R. Tolkien, a master writer and story teller. He created the world of Lord of the Rings through his first book The Hobbit. Between the years of 2012 and 2014 this book premiered in a trilogy. Even though there was much filler to make this so, The Hobbit Trilogy is an unforgettable series.

The first movie opens with Bilbo Baggins preparing for a journey leading to a flashback where he is first visited by Gandalf the Grey. Later that evening, Bilbo’s quiet existence becomes disrupted when he is visited by thirteen dwarfs who are looking to gain back their home in the Lonely Mountain. Many years ago the dragon Smaug took over the mountain leaving the dwarfs homeless after their Elfin allies do not come to their aid. After a night of rest Bilbo decides to go with them as he wants to help them go back home. Thorin the leader of the dwarfs has his doubts about Bilbo, but he proves to be useful as they encounter trolls who intend to eat them by using his wit. Unbeknownst to Thorin, Gandalf is leading them to Rivendell, a village where elves live. Upon their arrival, Thorin is upset, but is left with no choice but to accept their hospitality. While there Gandalf is seen in a meeting with Saruman the White, Galadriel, and Elrond, he is informed that there is something evil in the making that could lead to a battle. The next day the troop leaves, unbeknownst to them they are being followed by a white orc, a villain who wants revenge on Thorin. At some point, his actions lead Bilbo to be separated from the group in a mountain. There he encounters Gollum, who holds the Ring, where he plays a game of riddle with him. After outwitting Gollum, Bilbo unwittingly takes the ring and rejoins the group. Unaware of its power, Bilbo uses the ring to help win the battle against the white orc. When this is over the first movie ends with the dwarfs making it to the mountain where they hope to enter it, but not without a bird waking up Smaug, the dragon.

Leading in the second movie we are introduced to the dwarfs again who unwittingly head into elf territory. However, these elves are not like the ones in Rivendell, instead they take them captive. A little bit before, Gandalf left the group after receiving a message from Galadriel. While the group is captive we learn that Thandruil, the leader of these elves, is the one who lead the charge to not assist the dwarfs during their plight. We also learn, that he is Legolas’s father, Legolas is an elf who is the leader of the guard who captured them. One of the dwarfs finds love with an elf Tauriel, as this is forbidden they do their best to hide their feelings. Eventually, the dwarfs escape and their journey. They find their way to a town where they take refuge with a family after a battle. Tauriel shows up and takes care of her beloved dwarf. In the meantime, Bilbo manages to make it into the Lonely Mountain where he retrieves the dwarfs treasure, but he wakes up Smaug with him flying towards the village.

Going into the third movie, the dwarfs manage to make their home back in the mountain. However, Thorin is driven mad by power causing him to drive a wedge between him and the others. Unfortunately, his madness leads them into a battle where there is loss on both sides, including Thorin. With Thorin dead, the town that took care of them in order, the dwarfs and Bilbo head off to their home. Bilbo returns home to his family where the movie flashes forward to the beginning of Lord of the Rings.

J.R.R. Tolkien had an amazing imagination. Through out his life he was able to create a whole new world with Middle Earth. On September 2, 1973 J.R.R. Tolkien passed away, but not without inspiring many people through his work.

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