What words spring to mind when you think of Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit? Kind? Friendly? Courageous maybe?
Unlike that nasty Smaug. Gawd, he’s a pain, isn’t he?
With such a rich variety of characters in Peter Jackson’s epic new film The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, we thought we’d have a little get to know you session with the main characters of the film.
Get to know the Hobbit characters
Bilbo is a Hobbit who prefers domesticity to adventure, but is soon caught up in the escapades of Gandalf and a group of Dwarves. Bilbo is hardly the raw material of a hero, but as his life progresses he becomes a brave and intelligent hero.
Gandalf is a wizard, a friend of Bilbo's mother, Belladonna Took, and contrives the gathering of Bilbo and the Dwarves that initiates the Hobbit adventures. He has plenty of wisdom, magical skills.
Smaug is the villain of the story. He is a dragon that has terrorised several towns as he guards a massive horde of treasure. Part of this treasure belongs to the Dwarves and so they intend to reclaim it.
Bard is a valiant warrior and an excellent archer from the town of Esgaroth.
Thorin is the leader of the Dwarves that accompany Bilbo. Like most Dwarves, he is focused on wealth, political ascendancy and historical lineage. He is heir to the throne established in Smaug's mountain.
So what’s the third and final Hobbit film all about then? Well The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the vast wealth of their homeland, but now must face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
As he succumbs to dragon-sickness, the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices friendship and honor in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo is driven to make a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead. An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide—unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies go to war.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies hits UK cinemas in 3D 12 December.