9 Things You Need To Know Before Seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-12-14 13:36:42discussion comments

Wizards
Who Are They? Unlike Hobbits, Dwarves, Goblins and Orcs, who have entire populations living in Middle-earth, there are only five wizards: Gandalf The Grey, Saruman The White, Radagast The Brown and Alatar and Pallando The Blue. Wizards look similar to the race of men, but have the power to control magic. Though they may look like feeble old men, the truth is that wizards are some of the most powerful beings in all of Tolkienís writings.

How Do They Fit? We were introduced to Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and Saruman (Sir Christopher Lee) in the Lord of the Rings movies, however, The Hobbit not only shows different sides to them, but also introduces us Radagast (Sylvester McCoy). Because of the earlier timeline, the two former characters are quite different than when we last saw them, as Gandalf is back to being the funny, jovial Gandalf The Grey (as opposed to the strict, no-nonsense Gandalf The White) and Saruman hasnít been revealed as evil yet and still appears to be on the side of good. As a new character, Radagast is portrayed as a bit of a nervous bumbler who lives as one with nature.


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 wonít 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? Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori and Thorin Oakenshield. If youíre planning to get fully invested in the world of Middle-earth then those are 13 names you should really get used to. All of them, along with Bilbo Baggins, make up the company that sets out on an adventure to the Lonely Mountain where they plan on defeating the evil dragon Smaug and not only reclaim their lost homeland, but also the incredible treasure thatís within it. 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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