I am so excited about The Hobbit movie. At first I was a little angry to learn about the decision to turn the movie into a three-part series because I'm impatient and I don't want to wait that long, but the more I thought about the benefits – like Elijah Wood times three, Gandalf times three, a much more detailed story – I decided to embrace the separation of The Hobbit movies. After all, I love Tolkien's books, I still adore the LOTR trilogy, and so much of the original cast returns for the new trilogy. So if you, too, need to find some great reasons to watch The Hobbit, join me on a journey that's just as illuminating but not quite as perilous.
Gandalf has always been my favorite character from the books and the LOTR trilogy, and he's one of the main reasons I can't wait to see The Hobbit movie as well. I'm tickled pink that Ian McKellan, one of my favorite actors, is reprising the role, in part because he just exemplifies Gandalf so well. As well, The Hobbit centers around the relationship between Gandalf and Bilbo, although his actions aren't always exactly nice. Still, it proves that even in Middle Earth, friends sometimes manipulate each other for the sake of fun and adventure.