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Why do Frodo and other characters that don't appear in The Hobbit appear in the cast of Peter Jackson's film?

Frodo turns 33 when Bilbo turns 111, so Frodo was born the day Bilbo turned 78. In FOTR, it is said that Frodo was becoming restless when he turned 50, and that it was near that age that adventure had befallen Bilbo. This means the events of The Hobbit happened twenty-something years before Frodo was born.

The appearance of Legolas, Galadriel, old Bilbo and Saruman suggests scenes "from the future", but the appearance of Thranduil suggests that Legolas might be playing a major role in the movie.

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    Without watching the movie or knowing the script, it's impossible to answer with anything but "will make more money from familiar actors and ties to LOTR movies". – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 17 '12 at 2:50
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    FOTR: Fellowship of the Ring. I thought it was a typo. :) – Mateen Ulhaq Feb 17 '12 at 6:29
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    Thranduil did actually appear in the original book too; he was the Elvenking in Mirkwood. – user8719 Nov 27 '13 at 23:29
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The trailer starts with "My dear Frodo, you once asked me whether I had told you everything about my adventures", and you see young Frodo and old Bilbo.

Thus, it seems that the story of the Hobbit is part of Bilbo's narration, or it may even be Frodo reading "There and back again", who remembers his young days (as seen in the trailer), before delving into the history recounted in "The Hobbit".

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    This actually follows the pattern of the old "The Hobbit" cartoon I remember watching as a kid. The entire story there was told as a gathering at Elrond's pad with all of the usual suspects present. – jkerian Feb 17 '12 at 16:31
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    Tolkien himself wrote an epilogue to the Lord of the Rings, where Sam reads his (many) children from the Red Book, and answers their questions. The movie's approach might not be unlike this. (Tolkien scratched it, though, preferring the final words as they stand: ‘"Well, I'm back", he said.’) – Martijn Feb 18 '12 at 11:33
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    So far, this has turned out to be true. It just sets up the writing of Bilbo's book. The rest of the movie is a "flashback" set up by Bilbo remembering back to his younger days and adventure. – balanced mama Dec 17 '12 at 21:07
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In addition to Jonas's point about the movie being told as a flashback/story to Frodo, there's the possibility that The Hobbit movie will extend somewhat beyond the end of the book (to help bridge it with Lord of the Rings). There's a bunch of things that happen between Bilbo returning home and his 111th birthday that might be worth seeing. One of those things is Frodo's parents' death and then his relationship with Bilbo.

  • But that would go in the second movie, wouldn't it? Assuming, of course, some sort of chronological order to the story. – Janoma Feb 17 '12 at 14:20
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    And in that case, it'd be very funny to see Lobelia in Bilbo's house at the time of his return :-) – Janoma Feb 17 '12 at 14:21
  • I think I saw in one of the production's video blogs that the second movie ends with Frodo running off to see if Gandalf is coming. So it butts right up to the beginning of the Fellowship movie. Can't remember which video. – Jon Fournier Feb 21 '12 at 15:47

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