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, you’d think it would have very little impact on the new movie, but that simply isn’t the case. After all, the reality about The Necromancer is that it’s 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 “implied” in Tolkien’s 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 it’s going to be an element that runs throughout the entire new trilogy. It’s 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? 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 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 wouldn’t be able to regain power. The trinket also has the ability to turn its wearer completely invisible, but it comes at a price…
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 won’t go into too many details, let’s just say that it’s 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.