First of all, thoughts, heavy hearts, and condolences go out to the community of Newton, Connecticut. There is NO excuse for the tragic events which occurred there, today. There NEVER is an excuse to harm the innocent; NEVER an excuse to harm our children!
I was at my local movie theater today, oblivious to the reports about what had happened within this New England community. I had been looking forward to viewing this 2012 reboot of The Hobbit, seeing how it would be tied into The Lord of The Rings film series! Indeed, it was exciting, and I did enjoy watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!
“My Dear Frodo”, began the story, as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) started to explain his story to a picture of Frodo (Elijah Wood). It was long ago when Bilbo left The Shire, going on a journey to the City of Dale, and onto The Kingdom of Erador. This is the home of the dwarves, where one found The Arken Stone, also called The King Jewel. The dwarves began to lust for more jewels, getting greedy for gold, then turning wicked! This apparently called upon dragons to attack their kingdom, yet men fought alongside them to defeat the dragons! Yet, Eragon, the king of men, was lost!
The elves did not help the dwarves in their struggle, and the dwarves never forgave them for this betrayal. This tale was told to Bilbo Baggins , the uncle of Frodo. Indeed, it was sixty years prior when Gandalf (Ian Mc Kellen) arrived to meet Bilbo to seek an adventure companion. Bilbo declined at first, yet a dwarf arrived at his home that evening. More dwarves showed up, then Gandalf returned with even more dwarves! The dwarf leader, Oin (John Callen), arrived to tell the others of the upcoming adventure to free a dragon!
The dwarves wanted to know how many dragons that Gandalf had slayed, as the wizard had to use a special item to get them to this location, The Lonely Mountain. Their task required the assistance of a burglar, which was where Bilbo is needed. This hobbit was declared to be the 14th member of this team. So, after connecting with they dwarves, they had Bilbo to read and to sign an accord, as they told Gandalf that they would not be responsible for this hobbit’s fate! Yet, it was Bilbo’s history of thievery that made him stand out as the proper hobbit for this task!
It was the next morning when Bilbo received a note that required his signature. Upon signing, Bilbo left The Shire to begin this adventure. He joined with Gandalf and dwarves, leaving The Shire, and reaching a mountainside. There, a noise was heard, and the dwarves recognized it as the sound of Orks! One dwarf called Thorin (Richard Armitage) admitted his hate for Orks, which inspired the others to attempt defeating them. Yet, upon the end of their battle, few dwarves survived! Thorin was named as the new dwarf leader.
Orks plotted revenge, and to catch a dwarf who defected from the group. Yet, the next day arrived, as Gandalf had gone with Bilbo into the rain. As one hobbit was caring for nearby forest animals, they saw that the wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) was harming the animals. A spell was cast to protect them, then Bilbo, Gandalf, and dwarves proceeded to Saruman’s castle. After realizing that Sauruman was not going to help, the group fled.
First, they sought the assistance of elves. Yet, upon getting links from the elves, the group journeyed further into barren territory. This portion of the trek lead them to dark tunnels, where they had the first encounter with Gollum (Andy Serkis)! At this point, Bilbo enteracts with Gollum, getting hold of the “precious” ring that the creature held. This point makes the link between Gollum, and how the creature lusts for the One Ring that ultimately must be destroyed in The Lord of The Rings epic adventures!
The trailers for movies coming soon are exciting! Next week has Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Kathy Najimy, Seth Rogen, and Barbra Streisand in The Guilt Trip, and Tom Cruise leading in Jack Reacher! Before the year ends, look forward to Allegiance, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Parental Guidance, and This Is 40!