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Elijah Wood’s Role In Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Revealed

We’ve known for some time now that actor Elijah Wood was set to reprise his role as Frodo in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit but as fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien book know, Frodo isn’t actually in The Hobbit. It presented a challenge of course but Jackson is all about overcoming obstacles, especially when it means bringing back fan-favorites. Rumor was that Frodo would perhaps act as a narrating bridge between An Unexpected Journey and There And Back Again, the two parts of the film, but until now, we didn’t know if that was actually the case. If you want to find out what Frodo will be up to in The Hobbit and a few other spoilery bits, hit the jump. If not, quietly head back to the Shire. 

Ain’t It Cool News’ Quint was asked to spend two months on set of The Hobbit in New Zealand (lucky duck) to report back on just about everything. Well besides making us jealous with his gorgeous set photos, the writer has given us some hard info on what Elijah Wood’s role would be in the films. Here’s what he saw while the actor was filming:

What’s Frodo doing in The Hobbit? I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can say that Frodo is part of the connecting tissue between The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring.

In fact, the next shot was an over the shoulder on Elijah Wood hammering a sign up on Bag End’s front gate: “No Admittance Except On Party Business.” You guys should have an idea where that puts this moment in the timeline.

Martin Freeman stood in for Ian Holm, who shot all of his scenes and close-ups in London. They would sometimes play footage they’ve already shot to remind themselves of what they had done previously and to help them match up shots. Peter and crew did that for these reverse shots on Elijah and I got to see Ian as Bilbo once again. It was quite extraordinary, actually. Seeing Ian in close up, wearing the wig, the vest and the pointy ears just put a smile on my face.

Interesting, so Freeman stood in for Holm for the scene instead of just having whoever holds the script do it, which is what’s normally done. Quint mentioned that Freeman took on some of Holms exact vocal inflections for it as well even though his parts will never be on film. Here’s a few more details.

Their conversation is about Gandalf and if Bilbo thinks Gandalf will show up. Bilbo says “He wouldn’t miss a chance to let off his whiz-poppers. He’ll put on quite a show, you’ll see,” and Frodo grins, saying he’s going to go surprise him and bounds off down the path like a kid at Christmas. When I say he bounds down the path that’s not an exaggeration for illustrative purposes. He was damn near skipping, a glimpse of that pre-ring Frodo we meet in Fellowship.

After Frodo leaves the frame is very wide featuring The Shire in all its glory; The Green Dragon and mill smack dab in the middle.

It’s my understanding this shot will transition to “60 Years Earlier” with Young Bilbo sitting in front of Bag End contently smoking a pipe and casually blowing smoke rings as Gandalf comes along and presents him with his adventure.

So from this information it seems as if Wood will be both at the beginning of the first Hobbit film and at the end of the second, almost as if the entire films were flashbacks from his perspective. In the film world they technically are even though The Hobbit was written before Lord of the Rings but it seems like a rather unobtrusive way to fit the character in.

What do you think of the new details?

(Blastr via Ain’t It Cool)

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  • Alana Beltzer

    It can be December 2012 nao, please? I cannot wait to get back into this world!

  • Sean Samonas

    The only problem I have with them presenting it as a flashback on Bilbo’s part would be then the inclusion of anything and everything that doesn’t happen immediately around Bilbo.

    Regardless, I know I’m going to love and view this movie a ton like I did with the other LotR movies.

  • SuperZADL

    Jackson gets a lot of leeway for me. He can adapt this as he wants and I’ll be cool with it. 

  • Ben McGann

    It would have been so much better if it was Frodo finishing up the Red Book and handing it over to Sam as he departs for the West.

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  • Eric Lindberg

    I think it would have been awesome if the frame story took place on the White Ship as they’re sailing to Valinor. We’d be picking up right where we left off and Bilbo could tell Frodo about his adventures one more time to help ease his nerves as they sail into the unknown.

  • Samantha Savage

    I am loving the changes to the movie “The Hobbit” compared to the book. In my opinion the more characters from The Lord of the Rings, the better! (as long as they are incorperated into the film in a logical way like Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom) Peter Jackson proved his ability to create outstanding movies so I say let him do whatever he want he has definetly proved himself worthy