Take out the pipe-weed, because Frodo's coming back to Middle-earth! Not only has Elijah Wood been confirmed to reprise his role of the couragous hobbit who climbed Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, but we also know HOW Frodo will make his appearance in the two-parter.
After we told you there were rumors floating around that Elijah Wood would return as Frodo Baggins in the eagerly anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wood's return was recently officially confirmed by representatives for the 29-year-old actor.
We can imagine what many of you are thinking right now: "But Frodo doesn't appear in The Hobbit. The story centers around his uncle, BILBO Baggins. Frodo wasn't even born! What sort of new blasphemy is this?"
But Tolkien purists shouldn't worry—Peter Jackson has definitely thought through how to bring back Frodo Baggins into the Hobbit narrative.
The One Ring reports that:
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 film 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. It is unlikely that studio Warner Bros. or Team Jackson would change the script at this point in response to the web buzz so we may have just "spoiled" December 2012 for some, but we warned you.
They also claim that Sean Astin could also make a return as Samwise Gamgee since, if we're to believe the matter of Frodo's inclusion in the films, the door would be wide open for him. The same could apply (to a lesser degree) to the return of Dominic Monaghan as Merry and Billy Boyd as Pippin.
However, it's been made clear that "Frodo and the young Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman) are the primary Hobbit connections between the film series."
And as for the liberties that will be taken by Peter Jackson and company for The Hobbit, it seems to have worked rather well for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Plus, it'll be nice to see some familiar faces from Middle-earth back.
So what do you think? Are you happy about Elijah Wood's return to the franchise? And do you like the way they plan to use the character for The Hobbit?