The Hobbit: 10 details hidden in An Unexpected Journey

Find the secrets and easter eggs hidden in “The Hobbit: an unexpected journey”, the first part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy devoted to Bilbo.

It’s clear

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The ghost that attacks Radagast the Brown in Dol Guldur is none other than the one who attacks Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, wounding him with his sword.

A slice of life

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And speaking of the sword, the “relic of Mordor” that Gandalf shows to Galadriel, Saruman and Elrond is the same sword that will wound Frodo at Windy Mountain.

The ring on the finger

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The scene in which Bilbo puts the ring on his finger is similar to that of Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring, as the theme of the ring signed by composer Howard Shore resonates in our ears.

Bombur the dumb

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During the first two installments of The Hobbit, Bombur has only one line of dialogue.

Unique (r) axes

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The axes of Dwalin carry runes in the dwarf language meaning “Grasper” and “Keeper”, the name of the dogs of the writer Emily Brontë, to whom we owe the novel The Wuthering Heights.

Little trolls

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The three trolls (which we will see petrified in The Fellowship of the Ring) are voiced by the performers of Bifur (William Kircher), Gloin (Peter Hambleton) and Dori (Mark Hadlow).


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As is the case with most of his feature films, director Peter Jackson appears in The Hobbit. Disguised as a dwarf, he comes to the fore as Thorin tries to get all the dwarves into the fortress at the start of the film.

And my ax is yours …

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Gloin is Gimli’s father and we can see that he uses the same ax as his descendant, hero of the Lord of the Rings saga.

A familiar setting

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During Azog’s attack, the dwarves take refuge in the trees, which collapse one after the other. On a wide shot, we can see a river having the same shape as that seen by Merry, Pippin and Sylvebarbe in Les Deux tours.

Fallen in the field of honor

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Ori and Balin (image opposite) appear very much alive in The Hobbit, but the viewer will find them dead in The Fellowship of the Ring. Balin’s tomb is in Moria and Gimli recollects there by paying homage to them.

Bonus: birthday

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This first cinematographic component adapting The Hobbit was released in 2012, stacking up to 75 years of the original novel, published in 1937.

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