New to LOTR franchise

So my mother in law is OBSESSED with the lord of the rings, my husband has seen all of the movies (since as I just said his mom is obsessed) and since the third hobbit movie just came out he has been at me for weeks now to get caught up so I can watch it with him. So I am currently watching the first hobbit movie. I have decided to do up a bit of a post for those who are, like me, just getting into it, a little bit of a who’s who of sorts.

where is middle earth?

what order should I watch the LOTR films in?

this is a question I asked my mother in law before beginning to watch the franchise here is her answer.

  1. The Hobbit: An unexpected journey
  2. The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug
  3. The Hobbit: The battle of the five armies
  4. The Lord of the Rings:The fellowship of the ring
  5. The Lord of the Rings:The two towers
  6. The Lord of the Rings: The return of the king

what is the difference between elves, hobbits and dwarves?

Another question I asked my mother in law. She stated they were different races, an answer that I didn’t find really explained it well so I did googled it.

Elves: were the first creations of the gods. They vary from medium to tall height. They are are elegant, beautiful, Immortal, have elongated pointy ears, come in various species but are all rather similar and come from another (Immortal) land that was created specifically for them to share with the gods- It’s something like heaven.

Dwarves: are short in height being generally about 4 1/2 to 5 Ft. tall, they have naturally muscular builds, take great pride in their beards, have a natural affinity for working with earth and stone, they originated and thus continually live in halls of worked stone in elaborate underground complexes and were secretly created by the god of the earth in an attempt to make beings of his own liking. When his creation was discovered by the other gods he was punished in some way but his creation was made a place in “The Undieing Lands” that the elves originated from. They are not Immortal like the elves but when they die their souls are taken to the undieing lands and placed in a grand hall with all of their forefathers like the norse religions.

Hobbits: It is said by some, that they are the only true product of evolution in Middle Earth, and that until the end of the lord of the rings they had no place in the undieing lands. They are short in stature, generally being between 3 1/2 to 4 Ft. tall, they live in “burroughs” dug out from hillsides or fields, and are generally human looking except for their short stature and large hairy feet.

So what is the “my precious” dude?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen LOTR or not you know who i’m talking about, the creepy looking guy who says “my preciousss”. He was a hobbit named Sméagol who wore “the ring” and became corrupted by it. When he started making a gurgling sound from his throat his family began to call him Gollum. He was corrupted further and banished by his people.

The synopsis for “an unexpected journey”

A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home – and the gold within it – from the dragon Smaug.

Who is who?

Bilbo Baggins: Played by Martin Freeman, is a hobbit and the hero of the story. He goes on an adventure with a team of dwarves to try and reclaim their home and gold from the dragon Smaug. He gets chosen for this adventure by:

Gandoff: Played by Magneto (I mean Ian McKellen) is the wise wizard who recruits Bilbo to go on this adventure, he would later return to draft Bilbo’s cousin/adopted son Frodo for another adventure in the original trilogy.

Thorin Oakenshield: Played by Richard Armitage he is the leader of the cadre of dwarves. He has a birthright to the treasure they are seeking as it belonged to his grandfather Thror (the king under the mountain) a title he expects to assume. He leads…

The Dwarves: Balin, Dwalin, Oin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur, try saying that three times fast.

Gollum– already explained him above.

Smaug–Voiced by Benedict Cumerbatch (aka sherlock aka Dr. Strange). He lives in lonely mountain & destroyed the home of the dwarves years ago and now protects it’s treasure.

Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman–played by Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee, they along with Gandof make up the white counsel. It is Elrond, however, who helps Bilbo & Co. decipher an important clue that let them gain entry to the Lonely Mountain.

Radagast–The “brown” wizard (also in the LOTR trilogy) who is played by Sylvester McCoy. He lives in the woods and communicates with animals.

Azog– The Orc leader. Has a problem with Thorin, played by Manu Bennett

what are Orcs? Orcs or Orks are a race of creatures who are used as soldiers and henchmen by both the greater and lesser villains of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings — Morgoth, Sauron and Saruman.

Although not entirely dim-witted and occasionally crafty, they are portrayed as miserable beings, hating everyone including themselves and their masters, whom they serve out of fear. They make no beautiful things, but rather design cunning devices made to hurt and destroy. 2014-12-17 23-54-03

The Great Goblin–King of the goblins (voiced by Barry “Dame Edna” Humphries) who resides in the mountain tunnels.

So that’s who’s who. You will probably never be able to remember all of the dwarves by name but whatever. I’ll write a review when i’m actually finished watching this movie that I have put off for the last two years in order to begin watching a franchise I have avoided for the last decade or so. It is a long movie so i’m really hoping I like it since I promised my husband i’d give it a chance.

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