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Get a hoppin’ onto the Hobbit’s journey

With the latest instalment of The Hobbit trilogy to be released in theatres, if you haven’t been able to watch the first installation of this fantasy series, then it’s time to get up to date – this is a film not to be missed.

So, to get on track, you should watch a copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which is the first in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien.

However, I suggest you don’t stop there, and get yourself to watch The Lord of The Rings trilogy again – just to get back into that fantasy realm from which this film transpires – you will even recognise some of the characters.

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug.

Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield.

Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with goblins, orcs and deadly wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him; he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring, that holds unexpected and useful qualities.

A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

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