The 22nd of September is known as Hobbit Day. Why? Because that is the shared birthday of the two best known hobbits…Bilbo and Frodo Baggins; lead characters in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings respectively. If those names mean nothing to you then you may as well stop reading now!
Middle Earth is a land invented by JRR Tolkien and is the location for the story he wrote for his children in 1937 – The Hobbit. The Lord Of The Rings was originally intended as a sequel but ended up as a much more scholarly tome. It managed to steer a course between pedagogical, academic exercise and crowd pleasing, page turner.
It hasn’t been out of print since the release in 1954 and has gone on to sell over 150 million copies translated into about forty languages. In 2003, the BBC commissioned a poll to find Britain’s best loved novels. The Big Read produced a list of the two hundred most favourite novels according to British readers: The Lord Of The Rings came in at number one while The Hobbit was twenty five.
Obviously, any book that is that popular is going to be adapted for stage, screen, and radio. Not to mention board games, video games, and audiobooks. Having said that, there really aren’t that many! That’s down to size and scope which is often what hobbles fantasy adaptations. Unsurprisingly, the only adaptations made before this century tend to be radio and animated efforts.
Anyway, here’s a list of what we’ve written around the great work and what we may do in the future.
A fan film short – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Parody
Benedict Cumberbatch – Smaug in the Peter Jackson Hobbit adaptations
Martin Freeman – Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson Hobbit adaptations
Ian McKellen – Gandalf in all six of Peter Jackson’s adaptations
Ian Holm – Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson Lord Of The Rings adaptations, Frodo Baggins in the 1981 Radio Adaptation of Lord Of The Rings
Bill Nighy – Sam Gamgee in the 1981 Radio Adaptation of Lord Of The Rings
John Hurt – Aragorn in the 1978 animated feature film.
1978 – The Lord Of The Rings
2001 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
2002 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
2003 – The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
2014 – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
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