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Samwise Gamgee Meets Gandalf in the Frozen Foods Section

Sam walked up and down the grocery store aisles, a plastic basket crooked over his arm. “Not like the good old days,” he said, scratching the top of his graying head with his empty pipe. “This country’s gone to rot. Where in the name of Gandalf is the bleeding pipe weed?” Sam stopped and stared with red eyes at a wall of freezers. Everything from frozen ready-to-roast meals to ale popsicles stocked the shelves.

“Did you call on me, Master Samwise?” said a very tall person who was stepping out of one the freezer doors. “So nice to cool off a bit. They call it climate change, but honestly I feel like we’re virtually melting nowadays.”

“Gandalf?! I haven’t seen you in what, fifty years!”

Gandalf stroked his newly trimmed goatee. “Has it really been only fifty years? Seems like an eternity. Yes, well, the Grey Havens were getting a little grey, if you know what I mean. Too many elves. They sing constantly – after a while, an old wizard like me would like to wake up naturally, not to a multitude of conceited angels shrieking to the sunrise.”

“But what are you doing here?” asked Sam. His empty basket had crashed several moments before on the tile next his sandaled feet.

“Just checking up on things. Looking around. Taking a vacation, of sorts.”

“Well, things have changed quite a bit. All these new aboveground boxes selling everything under the sun. Everything but pipe weed, apparently.”

“If you must know,” said Gandalf, looking behind him before continuing, “all the pipe weed has been either smoked or burned since the government ban several weeks ago. It looks as though it has finally taken effect in the Shire.”

“Just what we need – another ban! We’ve only had to wear these blasted shoes indoors for a couple weeks, and already I’ve had hundreds of blisters!”

“Really, Sam, you’ve always been so prone to exaggeration. But you are right, the Gondorians have become rather overprotective.”

“To say the least! I can’t even grow my own vegetables without registering with the bloody Minister of Fruitation!”

“Eh-hem…” A smallish person with big round glasses and bulging beer-belly-in-progress emerged from the next aisle carrying a very large pumpkin and a six-pack of butterbeer. “Pardon me, but I couldn’t help but overhear. I’m a bit ashamed really, but I’ve always wanted to meet you. You know, you were always my favorite character, Sam. May I call you Sam?”

“And who, might I ask, are you?” Sam asked, growing more agitated the longer he went without pipe weed.

“Oh, sorry. Thought you would know me. My name’s Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived and all that rot. Me and the Sorceror’s Stone, Me and the Chamber of Secrets – oh, and my personal favorite, Me and the Goblet-”

“Right-o! Of course I know you!” said Sam, a smile breaking out on his wrinkled face. “I’ve read your books to my grand-hobbits. Maybe you could sign a copy for me-”

“Oh, I don’t really do that anymore. Publicity isn’t good for my health, you see. But I’m very glad to meet a fan.”

Gandalf eyed the pumpkin suspiciously. “What do you have there, boy? Not delving into Black Magic, are you?”

“Of course not – why does everyone keep asking that? Actually it’s more like Purple Magic – very freeing and individualistic. I’ve never felt more accepted than when I hang out with Purple Magicians.”

Gandalf cleared his throat and arched a crooked eyebrow. “I see,” he sneered. “I really must be going; so very nice to chat, Master Samwise. You should consider retirement – Gray Havens has quite a vacancy!”

Sam watched as Gandalf skipped down the aisle and disappeared.

“Damn it all to Sauron, I meant to ask him about Frodo!” Sam said, quickly recovering his agitation as he remembered that he was no nearer to getting more pipe weed.

“Oh, haven’t you heard?’ whispered Harry, as if covering up a juicy secret. “Frodo’s left the Grey Havens. Joined the Sith, so they say.”

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Cast List for “The Hobbit”

The filming for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit has officially begun, and most of the cast list has been announced. Quite a few old friends from The Lord of the Rings movies are returning to join the new cast for the two-part prequel, set to be released in December 2012 and December 2013. I was very excited to hear about all the great talent that is being combined to create this new epic. Waiting for Christmas of 2012 seems like forever, but I’m hoping it’s worth it! Here’s a list of the actors and actresses set to play in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.


Ian McKellan

Back as the grey-bearded wizard Gandalf is Ian McKellan. Known for playing Magneto in the X-Men movies, McKellan has become the Gandalf that we all imagined reading the book.

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Cate Blanchett

The greatly talented Cate Blanchett seems capable of playing anything she sets her mind to, from Katherine Hepburn to Queen Elizabeth I to Maid Marion. The Australian actress brings a fierce and ethereal elegance to the role of Galadriel, Lady of the Wood.

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Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom’s fame began when he played Legolas in The Lord of the Rings, and since then he’s starred in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies as well as Kingdom of Heaven and Elizabethtown. He is also playing the Duke of Buckingham in the latest version of The Three Musketeers. 

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Ian Holm

Ian Holm returns as the older Bilbo Baggins to help bridge the prequel with The Lord of the Rings. Holm has been a part of the acting world since the 1950s, but perhaps his most lovable role is as the accidentally adventurous hobbit.

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Christopher Lee

Another veteran on the screen is Christopher Lee, who plays the white wizard Saruman. Just a year short of 90, Lee still works full force as a brilliant actor.

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Hugo Weaving

Well known for his role as Agent Smith in The Matrix films, Hugo Weaving returns to play the elf Elrond, Lord of Rivendell and father of Arwen.

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Elijah Wood

Once known as the child actor from Flipper and Forever Young, Elijah returns to his most famous role as Frodo Baggins, the hobbit who saved Middle-earth.

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Andy Serkis

The brilliant actor who portrays the difficult character of Gollum, Andy Serkis is putting back on the blue suit for The Hobbit.

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Martin Freeman

Playing the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, Martin Freeman seems like an excellent choice to play a younger version of Ian Holm. Freeman is known for his role as Tim Canterbury on the British TV show “The Office”. He was just recently awarded a Bafta award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Watson on the BBC’s modern retelling of “Sherlock”.

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Stephen Fry

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry, known for his act with Hugh Laurie in “A Bit of Fry and Laurie”, joins The Hobbit cast as the Master of Lake-town.

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Ryan Gage

Ryan Gage, a fairly new actor, plays the servant to the Master of Lake-town.

Sylvester McCoy

Known as the Doctor from the 1980s’ “Doctor Who”, Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy (who was considered to play Bilbo in the LOTR) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown.

Bret McKenzie

Having a role as a nameless elf in the first and third LOTR movies, Bret McKenzie is back – this time with a name (and it’s not Figwit) – Lindir.

Lee Pace

The lovable Ned from the TV show “Pushing Daisies”, Lee Pace showcased his acting talent in the beautiful movie The Fall. He joins the cast of The Hobbit as Thranduil the elvish king from Mirkwood, who also happens to be Legolas’s father.

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Mikael Persbrandt

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt is set to play the skin-changer Beorn.

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Conan Stevens

Conan Stevens is playing the evil goblin Azog of Moria.


Richard Armitage

A familiar face to Anglophiles is Richard Armitage, who played John Thornton in the mini-series “North and South”. Armitage is set to play Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the company of dwarves who take Bilbo on the quest to the Lonely Mountain.

Jed Brophy

Jed Brophy is no newcomer to the Tolkien epics, having played an Uruk-hai in The Two Towers and an orc in The Return of the King. His face may actually be recognizable in The Hobbit however, as he is playing Nori the dwarf.

Adam Brown

A newbie to film, Adam Brown plays Ori the dwarf.

John Callen

Set to play Oin son of Gloin is John Callen from New Zealand.

Mark Hadlow

New Zealand actor Mark Hadlow plays Dori, brother of Ori and Nori.

Peter Hambleton

Another actor from New Zealand, Peter Hambleton plays Gloin, the father of Gimli.

Stephen Hunter

Playing Bombur, the clumsy dwarf, is Stephen Hunter, from New Zealand.

William Kircher

William Kircher is playing Bombur’s cousin Bifur.

Graham McTavish

Scottish actor Graham McTavish is set to play Dwalin the dwarf.

Mike Mizrahi

Mike Mizrahi plays the dwarven king Thrain, father of Thorin.

James Nesbitt

Playing Bofur, the brother of Bombur, is James Nesbitt, from Ireland.

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Dean O’Gorman

Dean O’Gorman from New Zealand plays Fili the dwarf.

Ken Stott

Ken Stott, a TV actor from Scotland, plays Balin the dwarf.

Jeffrey Thomas

Television actor Jeffrey Thomas will play the dwarf King Thror.

Aidan Turner

Television actor Aidan Turner plays Kili, brother of Fili.

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The Making of “The Hobbit” Movie Has Begun!

There and Back Again…

After what has seemed like decades, but what has only been years, the makers of The Hobbit movie have finally begun filming. There were actors’ union disagreements; there was the loss of the director Guillermo del Toro; there was even a fire in the workshop. But despite all signs that the fates were against us, we may actually get to see the first part of The Hobbit by Christmas 2012! Part Two is set to premiere the following year. Now with Peter Jackson as director (*sigh of relief*) and a set cast, the excitement is already building up. Martin Freeman (of BBC’s “The Office” fame) will be playing the young Bilbo Baggins on his quest to the Lonely Mountain, and Richard Armitage (from the lovely mini-series “North & South”) is set to be Thorin Oakenshield. Many familiar faces from The Lord of the Rings are also in the cast, including Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, and Elijah Wood. Filming is taking place in New Zealand once again, and some of the sets from The Lord of the Rings will also be used. The Hobbit is (like everything else, these days) being filmed in 3-D, so Middle-earth will feel more real than ever. Peter Jackson recently posted the first official behind-the-scenes on-set vlog on his Facebook page, which you can view here. Be sure to also check out the official movie blog here for updates.

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