Filming begins on “The Hobbit”

After one problem after another, including labor troubles in New Zealand, the movie version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit has gotten underway. The film will be shown in two parts, beginning in late 2012.

The prequel to The Lord of the Rings features lots of the people who made the earlier trilogy, including director Peter Jackson.  Also reprising their roles will be the actors who played Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum, and Galadriel.  Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins:

 

Martin Freeman

 

 

BBC News – Hobbit filming finally under way.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dan Kempin

    I like more than half of this twice as much as it deserves, and I half think that the production will have twice as many halflings as it ought.

  • Dan Kempin

    I like more than half of this twice as much as it deserves, and I half think that the production will have twice as many halflings as it ought.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Very good, Dan. :-) Martin Freeman was great in the “Sherlock” TV series. I’m looking forward to this.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    Very good, Dan. :-) Martin Freeman was great in the “Sherlock” TV series. I’m looking forward to this.

  • Helen F

    I’ve often found that those who have over many years attended church services out of a “have to” mentality (“mom & dad, grandpa & grandma always attended!”) often gradually pull away from it as things get worse in the world or in their lives. The point being, if one is motivated solely by the law to “go to church” how long will this kind of motivation continue? If one is motivated out of an awareness of their “poor, miserable sinner” condition, and recognizes their need for Christ’s gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation, then they would be rightly motivated.

  • Helen F

    I’ve often found that those who have over many years attended church services out of a “have to” mentality (“mom & dad, grandpa & grandma always attended!”) often gradually pull away from it as things get worse in the world or in their lives. The point being, if one is motivated solely by the law to “go to church” how long will this kind of motivation continue? If one is motivated out of an awareness of their “poor, miserable sinner” condition, and recognizes their need for Christ’s gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation, then they would be rightly motivated.

  • Simone

    Oh, I can’t wait for this movie!! I hope they do as good a job of sticking to the book as they did with the LOTR series.

  • Simone

    Oh, I can’t wait for this movie!! I hope they do as good a job of sticking to the book as they did with the LOTR series.

  • Tom Hering

    Lars Walker @ 2, re: Sherlock, agreed! And in the British, original version of The Office.

  • Tom Hering

    Lars Walker @ 2, re: Sherlock, agreed! And in the British, original version of The Office.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Martin Freeman was also in the film version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — yet another book adored by fans that went through no small amount of difficulty in getting made into a film. Probably just a coincidence.

    And yes, Freeman was great, if brutal, in the British Office.

    So, what, are they going to call the first movie The Hobbit: There and the second one The Hobbit: Back Again?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Martin Freeman was also in the film version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — yet another book adored by fans that went through no small amount of difficulty in getting made into a film. Probably just a coincidence.

    And yes, Freeman was great, if brutal, in the British Office.

    So, what, are they going to call the first movie The Hobbit: There and the second one The Hobbit: Back Again?

  • Tom Hering

    The Hobbit, Episode III and The Hobbit, Episode IV. Or, Bilbo, First Blood and …

  • Tom Hering

    The Hobbit, Episode III and The Hobbit, Episode IV. Or, Bilbo, First Blood and …

  • SKPeterson

    I was hoping for Enter the Dragon: Attack of Smaug.

  • SKPeterson

    I was hoping for Enter the Dragon: Attack of Smaug.

  • SKPeterson

    or maybe How Bilbo Got His (Groove) Ring On?

  • SKPeterson

    or maybe How Bilbo Got His (Groove) Ring On?

  • Tom Hering

    The Shire Needs Moms. Yeah.

  • Tom Hering

    The Shire Needs Moms. Yeah.

  • Scott Holder

    I didn’t think Frodo was even born yet during the events in the Hobbit…

  • Scott Holder

    I didn’t think Frodo was even born yet during the events in the Hobbit…

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    What!? No Ian Holm?

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    What!? No Ian Holm?

  • larry

    That is good news, one of my favorite book series and movie series.

  • larry

    That is good news, one of my favorite book series and movie series.

  • Scott Holder

    Re: Ian Holm, I’m guessing they figured he’d be a bit too old to play a sixty-years younger Bilbo.

  • Scott Holder

    Re: Ian Holm, I’m guessing they figured he’d be a bit too old to play a sixty-years younger Bilbo.


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