The Hobbit Begins a New Journey
Nearly a decade after Oscar-winning New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson concluded his massively successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, he is set to launch yet another three-film series, The Hobbit (《霍比特人》).
The Hobbit is branded as the prequel (前传) trilogy to The Lord of the Rings—a series that made more than $2.9 billion worldwide, completed with an Oscar for Best Picture in 2003 with The Return of the King. The upcoming series opener, An Unexpected Journey, will be followed by two movies scheduled to hit the big screen in 2013 and 2014 respectively (分别地). The three movies tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.
The story of An Unexpected Journey centers around the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is well known as Dr. Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock. The curious Hobbit is caught up in an adventurous journey to the Lonely Mountain, along with a vigorous (精力充沛的) group of Hobbits, to get back a treasure stolen from them. Characters including the wizard Gandalf, Hobbit Frodo and the scary creature Gollum will serve as important supporting roles in the movie.
But its link to The Lord of the Rings only partially explains why An Unexpected Journey is among the most anticipated movies of the year. Its being based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s (托尔金) another enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit, has also fueled fans’ enthusiasm.
The Hobbit is a fantasy novel and children’s book published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim (评论界的赞誉). In fact, The Lord of the Rings came into being after the publisher of The Hobbit requested a sequel (续作), encouraged by the book’s critical and financial success. The Hobbit, whose central themes are personal growth and forms of heroism, remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. It has sold 100 million copies and been translated into some fifty languages.
Will the new movie live up to the expectations (不负众望) and begin a new trilogy as successful as The Lord of the Rings? We’ll find out soon.
Which character is not mentioned above？
A Hobbit Bilbo Baggins
B Wizard Gandalf
C Scary creature Gollum
D Martin Freeman