The Hobbit titles and release date announced

Welcome to Hobbit monthly – sorry, TFR. We’re pleased to announce that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be gracing cinemas on December 14th, 2012, and December 13th, 2013, respectively.

Yeah, I hear you, “why not tomorrow?” I’m thinking the exact same thing. But it’s fantastic to see that the titles for both films are relevant to the text itself – then again, we should expect nothing less from director Peter Jackson, as he’s a huge Tolkien fan himself. Funny, that. He should direct a film adaptation of Lord of the Rings, or something.

The films are now in production, and with Martin Freeman safely heading the cast as Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, he’ll travel Middle Earth with his Dwarven companions, alongside Gandalf, played by the majestic Sir Ian McKellen. Other characters from Lord of the Rings will make an appearance, much to the delight of those who acquainted themselves with Tolkien’s world through the films rather the literature, including Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom).

It’s an exciting time to be a fan of high fantasy, but it leads me to wonder whether or not we’ll see any other major fantasy works (none are this major, some would argue) being adapted into films. They could have a look at Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series perhaps. It’d sure save me having to dig through the ridiculous shelf-long story arcs you see in bookshops, I’ll say that much. More news as it happens, and bring on December 14th!

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