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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey': 6 Surprising Facts About The Movie

Martin Freeman as "Bilbo Baggins"

Both Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit have been tremendously successful over the years. Seeing how the novel The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien is not actually a particularly long book, it is amazing that director Peter Jackson managed to turn it into three whole films. If, like us, you can't get enough of them, you'll love these six surprising facts!

To this day, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is still one of the top thirty highest grossing films ever!

1. Although Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the dragon "Smaug" throughout the first part of the franchise, the very first scream uttered by the creature was actually the sound engineer screaming and not Cumberbatch.

"Thorin Eichenschild" "Der Hobbit" Richard Armitage

"Thorin Oakenshield" was played by Richard Armitage

2. A whole bunch of different actors were in the running for the role of Bilbo Baggins. As well as Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, the studio also considered casting Shia LaBeouf and Tobey Maguire. Martin Freeman was Peter Jackson’s first choice, but as he was working on several other poductions, the entire filming schedule was reorganised so that Freeman could play the part. 

4. The actor Richard Armitage (46), who plays the dwarf king "Thorin Oakenshield" is actually six foot two in real life. Not so dwarf-like really!

5. The dwarf "Bombur" (William Kircher) has exactly one line for the entirety of the three-hour-long film.

6. Viggo Mortensen (58) refused to play "Aragorn" again in The Hobbit films, as the character does not appear in the novel.

William Kircher alias "Bifur" in "The Hobbit"

William Kircher played "Bifur" in The Hobbit.

7. The wig Richard Armitage ("Thorin") wears in the film is the only one made exclusively out of real human hair.