It seems the Sherlock actor has made it through his commitments to the programme’s second series after all – his reward? The role of Bilbo Baggins.

In a reveal that’s had the internet jumping up and down with Middle-Earth fever since the New York Times broke the news, Martin Freeman will take up the role of, some would argue, one of the most popular and renowned fantasy characters of all time.

Played by Ian Holm in The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins is a central figure in the world of Middle-Earth. If it wasn’t for his theft of the One Ring from Gollum, Sauron would rule Middle-Earth as of LOTR, and all the little Hobbits would be doomed, along with everyone else who wasn’t an orc, a goblin, or in Saruman’s case, a slightly misguided sorcerer.

To quote from the announcement:

“Additional cast members include Richard Armitage as the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield; Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky as the dwarves Kili and Fili; and Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton as additional members of the dwarf company.”

These actors are all seasoned, not to mention Sir Ian McKellen who’s returning as Gandalf the Grey (remember, not White, this is before The Two Towers), and they definitely look right for the part. Here at TFR, we can’t express how excited we are (we’re still trying to peel Chris off the ceiling – Ed.) and as the film’s location and main cast are set, all that remains is for Andy Serkis to give the nod as Gollum, and we’re off! To Middle-Earth, friends!

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