The One Ring
The One Ring
What Is It? I’d hope that even those who know absolutely nothing about Tolkien’s work at least have heard of The One Ring, but it’s only fair to have all bases covered. In the Lord of the Rings movies we learned that the evil lord Sauron had created a total of 19 rings of power that he shared with all of the great races across the land. What Sauron never told anybody, though, was that he also forged a twentieth ring, a.k.a. The One Ring, in the fires of Mount Doom that would allow him complete control over the world. The original trilogy has Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his fellowship of travelers and warriors heading to Mount Doom to destroy the tiny golden ring so that Sauron wouldn’t be able to regain power. The little piece of jewelry also has the ability to turn its wearer completely invisible, but it comes at a price…

How Does It Fit? Realizing that the band of dwarfs and he continue to run into life-threatening danger around every corner, Bilbo comes to the conclusion that having the ability to turn invisible is quite handy. That said, the incredibly dark powers of the ring do have a way of getting into the mind of the wearer – and the effects are quite noticeable. It’s an element that’s not actually taken from Tolkien’s The Hobbit novel, as the backstory about the gold band wasn’t created until the author wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but in the movie adaptation Peter Jackson flexes some retroactive continuity to make sure that the stories sync up.

Dwarves
Dwarves
Who Are They? The dwarves are yet another race featured in the world of Middle-earth, and just like the rest they have their own character type. Much like Hobbits, they are short in stature, but they are also very aggressive, stubborn and proud and won’t back down from a fight. They are also a very greedy kind that is drawn to gold and treasure, and are skilled miners as a result of their passion.

How Do They Fit? It’s understandable if you struggle to remember all of their names, but Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori and Thorin Oakenshield are all back in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Along with Bilbo, who is serving as their trusty burglar, the company of dwarves heads to The Lonely Mountain where they hope not only to reclaim their homeland of Erebor, but steal back the incredible treasure that was once taken from them. What makes the mission an incredibly scary idea, however, is that the creature that stole the treasure, an immense dragon named Smaug, still lives in the mountain guarding the riches. To read more about the individual personalities of each dwarf, be sure to head over to the guide that I made following my visit to The Hobbit set.

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