You can count on it that, come December 2012, the most talked-about tale will be that of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur, as they journey to the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Wow, what a mouthful.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy – particularly the books, there are way to many lengthy descriptions of the lineage of swords for my liking – but The Hobbit truly is a gripping story.
I guarantee that Peter Jackson’s films will bring a whole new legion of fans back to J.R.R Tolkien’s 1937 novel, and they will not be disappointed.
You may as well get in early and read the book now. Beat the rush; be ahead of the trend. At least that way you can familiarize yourself with the whole cast of characters before they grace the big screen.
And in the mean time, just for a bit of fun, stop by The Hobbit Movie website and get your own Hobbit name. Mine is Hilda Boffin, what's yours?
Here's a taste of what's to come: