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

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-12-14 13:36:42discussion comments
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The Necromancer
What Is It? The Necromancer is mentioned exactly once in the novel version of The Hobbit.Mentioned only once and simply as a danger of the outside world beyond The Shire. As a result, youíd think it would have very little impact on the new movie, but that simply isnít the case. After all, the reality about The Necromancer is that itís actually the ultimate lord of evil and forger of the rings: Sauron.

How Does It Fit? The Hobbit includes more than a few storylines that were absent or simply ďimpliedĒ in Tolkienís first book that Jackson picked up to help better fill out each movie in the new trilogy. The story of The Necromancer is not only one of them, it looks as though itís going to be an element that runs throughout the entire new trilogy. Itís because of the evil force that we are first introduced to the aforementioned Radagast The Brown, and will certainly be a subject for discussion as we wait a full year for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to finally arrive.

The One Ring
What Is It? Iíd hope that even those who know absolutely nothing about Tolkienís work at least have heard of The One Ring, but itís only fair to have all bases covered. In the Lord of the Rings movies we learned that 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 control over the world. The original trilogy has Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his fellowship traveling back to Mount Doom to destroy the tiny golden ring so that Sauron wouldnít be able to regain power. The trinket also has the ability to turn its wearer completely invisible, but it comes at a priceÖ

How Does It Fit? In The Lord of the Rings movies Frodo actually gets the One Ring from his Uncle Bilbo, and The Hobbit explains how the young Halfling got the valuable piece in the first place. While I wonít go into too many details, letís just say that itís by far the most iconic scene in the book and will probably be the scene at the front and center of your mind as you exit the theater.
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