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July 21, 2009

He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach

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David Tennant may play Bilbo Baggins in the forthcoming film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Tennant leads a list of stars, including James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, vying to play Bilbo. The film version of The Hobbit is based on Tolkien's children's book prequel to The Lord Of The Rings hit series.

Much as I think she would have preferred Ian Holm reprise his role from the recent film adaptation of LotR, I believe my Mum would have approved of Tennant stepping into Holm's shoes (if not Bilbo's, obviously).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 21, 2009 08:37 AM

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The film version of The Hobbit is based on Tolkien's children's book prequel to The Lord Of The Rings hit series.

I'm being my typical nitpicky self, but: Isn't a prequel produced after the first installment?

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2009 01:03 PM

It's a grey area with Tolkien. Chicken or the the egg and all that. LOTR was published after The Hobbit. However, Tolkien did not write in a linear fashion as portions of LOTR and The Silmarillion were written as early as 1917. The Hobbit was a childrens book based off of material that would later become LOTR and The Silmarillion.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2009 02:48 PM

I am embarrassed to say I did not even notice their potential faux pas. Somehow, I have resigned myself to the idea that for many people the films are the primary documents.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2009 05:51 PM

Good choice. With all due respect to your Mum, Ian Holm is far too old

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 22, 2009 08:57 AM