Return To The Shire: Elijah Wood Confirmed For <i>The Hobbit</i>

It's official: Elijah Wood has signed on to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's two-picture adaptation of The Hobbit.

As we noted earlier today, when Wood's involvement was merely rumored, although Frodo is the protagonist of The Lord of the Rings, the character isn't even mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved 1937 novel. According to The One Ring fan site, Frodo will appear in the opening sequence of each film, helping to link the prequels to the blockbuster trilogy.

Wood isn't the only actor from The Lord of the Rings whose character is being inserted into Jackson's Hobbit: Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, Orlando Bloom's Legolas (still unconfirmed) and Sylvester McCoy’s Radagast the Brown will all make appearances in the adaptation, despite their absence from the novel. There's still no word about Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving, three Lord of the Rings alumni whose characters — Gandalf, Gollum and Elrond — play important roles in The Hobbit.

The Hobbit, which stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is set for release in December 2012 and December 2013.

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