The Hobbit Synopsis

Yesterday, to mark one year until the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we were sent the first official synopsis for the two film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel by Peter Jackson. The second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released almost exactly one year later.

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 thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

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 guile 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.

Despite my apathy for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this adaptation of Tolkien’s much more accessible novel has caught my interest.

Speaking of which, if this synopsis has whet your appetite, I hear rumour that a longer version exists, one lasting for over 350 pages and available for less than four pounds. Plus you won’t have to wait another two years to get to the end, you could have it delivered and finished by the end of the weekend. Think of it as a Christmas present to yourself.