The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to k
Director(s): Peter Jackson
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 72 nominations.
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169 min

My dear Frodo:

You asked me once...

...if I had told you everything

there was to know about my adventures.

And while I can honestly say

I have told you the truth...

...I may not have told you all of it.

I am old now, Frodo.

I'm not the same Hobbit I once was.

I think it is time for you to know...

...what really happened.

It began long ago... a land far away to the east...

...the like of which you will not find

in the world today.

There was the city of Dale.

Its markets known far and wide.

Full of the bounties of vine and vale.

Peaceful and prosperous.

For this city lay before the doors

of the greatest kingdom in Middle-earth:


Stronghold of Thror,

King Under the Mountain.

Mightiest of the Dwarf Lords.

Thror ruled with utter surety...

...never doubting his house would endure...

...for his line lay secure

in the lives of his son...

...and grandson.

Ah, Frodo. Erebor.

Built deep within the mountain itself...

...the beauty of this

fortress city was legend.

Its wealth lay in the earth... precious gems hewn from rock...

...and in great seams of gold...

...running like rivers through stone.

The skill of the Dwarves was unequaled...

...fashioning objects of great beauty...

...out of diamond, emerald,

ruby and sapphire.

Ever they delved deeper,

down into the dark.

And that is where they found it.

The Heart of the Mountain.

The Arkenstone.

Thror named it "The King's Jewel."

He took it as a sign,

a sign that his right to rule was divine.

All would pay homage to him.

Even the great Elven King, Thranduil.

But the years of peace and plenty

were not to last.

Slowly the days turned sour...

...and the watchful nights closed in.

Thror's love of gold had grown too fierce.

A sickness had begun to grow within him.

It was a sickness of the mind.

And where sickness thrives...

...bad things will follow.

The first they heard

was a noise like a hurricane...

...coming down from the North.

The pines on the mountain

creaked and cracked in the hot, dry wind.

Balin, sound the alarm.

Call out the guard. Do it now!

What is it?



He was a firedrake from the North.

Smaug had come.

Such wanton death was dealt that day.

For this city of Men was nothing to Smaug.

His eye was set on another prize.

For dragons covet gold

with a dark and fierce desire.



Come on.

Erebor was lost.

For a dragon will guard his plunder... long as he lives.

Run for your lives!

Ah! Help us!

Thranduil would not risk the lives of his

kin against the wrath of the dragon.

No help came from the Elves that day...

...nor any day since.

Robbed of their homeland...

- -the Dwarves of Erebor

wandered the wilderness...

...a once mighty people brought low.

The young Dwarf prince took work

where he could find it...

...laboring in the villages of Men.

But always he remembered...

...the mountain smoke beneath the moon...

...the trees like torches blazing bright.

For he had seen dragon fire in the sky...

...and a city turned to ash.

And he never forgave...

...and he never forgot.

That, my dear Frodo, is where I come in.

For, quite by chance,

and the will of a Wizard...

...fate decided I would become

part of this tale.

It began...

Well, it began as you might expect.

In a hole in the ground...

...there lived a Hobbit.

Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole

full of worms and oozy smells.

This was a Hobbit hole.

And that means good food, a warm hearth...

...and all the comforts of home.

Thank you.

What's this?

That is private. Keep your sticky paws off.

It's not ready yet.

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Fran Walsh

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson since 1987. They have two children. more…

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