Elijah Wood to appear in The Hobbit
Fans of the hugely successful Lord of the Rings films might be happy with the news that Elijah Wood is set to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in the upcoming pair of Hobbit movies. That being said, there are likely to be many fans of the books – those of us who didn’t like Peter Jackson’s additions to the already monumental work of J.R.R. Tolkien – that will be a little upset with more liberties taken just to ensure a box office hit.
However, news from The One Ring (.net) suggests that Wood’s addition to the film might not be as story-breaking as one might originally fear;
As readers of “The Hobbit” know, the tale of “The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit or There and Back Again,” are contained in the fictional “Red Book of Westmarch.” In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the book is shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam Gamgee. (Not explained on film are Sam’s progeny later having the book and being Wardens of the Westmarch — hence the book’s title.)
The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers are to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ as a familiar Frodo gets the tale as well.
Since the speculation is now everywhere around the interwebs, TORn can confirm that as of now, the plans are to feature Frodo in the opening sequence of the films.
Guess we’ll just have to wait until December of 2012 to see how they pull it off.