If you have been following production of “The Hobbit,” then there’s no questioning that you have probably been puzzled at why many characters from the “Lord of the Rings” franchise have been included in the two part film series — including Elijah Wood’s character of Frodo Baggins, who was not in the first movie at all.
Thankfully, Wood is doing his to explain the change. Speaking in an interview at the premiere of “Happy Feet 2” this week, he reminds us all of the fact that J.R.R. Tolkein created a complete world with his books — and he also gave plenty of other material to draw from:
“The idea is that there are things actually happening historically at the same time the story of ‘The Hobbit’ is taking place, they just weren’t written in ‘The Hobbit.’ They were written in appendices and external pieces…that’s kind of where a lot of that is coming from.”
Elijah adds that he doesn’t feel as though the series is meant to try and top “Lord of the Rings,” but that it is really just trying to create a fantastic problem of its own.
“The Hobbit” will be hitting theaters in December 2012 — so the unexpected journey is going to still be a long wait.
Photo: Stefan Servos