In "The Hobbit," Tolkien describes the journey of Bilbo, Gandalf and 13 dwarves who travel to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim the dwarvish homeland and treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug. Using "The Hobbit" and other writings by J.R.R. Tolkien, director Peter Jackson stretched the story into three films; in film one, "An Unexpected Journey," the Company's quest takes them as far as the eastern side of the Misty Mountains.
GandalfIan McKellenThe irascible wizard is back with his reassuring gravitas, a little less world-weary and god-like this time than in "The Lord of the Rings" since, in "The Hobbit," he's not yet learned of the world-dooming Ring of Power.
Bilbo BagginsIan Holm | Martin FreemanThe reluctant and eponymous hobbit-cum-burglar is handpicked by Gandalf as the "lucky" 14th member of the Company. Bilbo is played by two different actors: Ian Holm makes an appearance as the "old" Bilbo at the film's beginning; Martin Freeman plays a Bilbo 60 years younger than Holm's and is our central plucky hero.
Thorin OakenshieldRichar ArmitageThe dwarves' proud and stalwart leader, and heir to the dwarvish throne, Thorin drives the quest for homeland and fortune. He also has a score to settle with the orcs and despises elves. Burdened by the past, Thorin is to "The Hobbit" as Aragorn/Strider (Viggo Mortensen) was to "Rings."
The 12 DwarvesVarious actorsWhite-bearded Balin is the group's elder statesman. Fierce fighter Dwalin, Balin's younger brother, sports head tattoos and is Thorin's greatest supporter. Brothers Kili and Fili are the Company's spirited youngsters. Dori is the group's sophisticate; he's the brother of crafty Nori. Wide-eyed and meek Ori is the most junior dwarf. Half-deaf Oin is the brother to money-grubber Gloin, the father of Gimli from "Rings." The final three are cousins: the mumbling Bifur, with an orc-axe lodged in his skull; the jovial Bofur; and bumbling, obese gourmand Bombur.SarumanChristopher LeeIn "The Hobbit," this head of the White Council and wizard-in-chief is noble and decent, not yet turned into the dangerous character he becomes later, in "Rings," when he allies himself with Sauron. Still, we don't trust him.RadagastSylvester McCoyAnother wizard, Radagast the Brown prefers the company of birds and beasts to men, elves or hobbits. Jackson interprets him as a woodsy, batty Dr. Doolittle, who talks to the animals.FrodoElijah WoodThe hero of "The Lord of the Rings," Bilbo's nephew has a cameo in the "flash-forward" scene that frames the adventures of Bilbo.GaladrielCate BlanchettGaladriel doesn't actually appear in Tolkien's "Hobbit." Nonetheless, in Jackson's version, she's back as the ethereal and somewhat creepy elf queen. We find her in Rivendell to discuss what to do about the rise of the Necromancer.ElrondHugo WeavingWielding a dangerously arched eyebrow, Elrond is lord of the elves and guardian of Middle-earth, residing in Rivendell, an oasis of elves and high culture amidst a wild world of orcs, trolls and other nasties.GollumAndy SerkisPart phlegmy actor, part CGI magic, Gollum appears for the first time deep in his cave in the Misty Mountains, having lost his birthday present: the ring. Expect his trademark split-personality weirdness.
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The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, said Sunday that no checks had been conducted by the authorities in Malaysia or any other country about the two passports before the plane, a Boeing 777-200, left on Flight MH370. The jet disappeared Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Electronic records emerged linking the passengers with stolen passports to the same travel agency in Thailand, investigators said.
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The family of a man whose lethal heart ailment was misdiagnosed as a lung infection was awarded $4.8 million this week by a Suffolk County jury, which concluded a doctor was responsible for the man’s death.
Jeffrey Kace came in to the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center emergency room complaining of a cough, fever, and chest pains on Aug. 14, 2006. During a five minute visit, Dr. Ivan E. Liang diagnosed the 23-year-old man with bronchitis. The physician prescribed antibiotics and painkillers, and sent him home to rest, said Robert Higgins, the medical malpractice lawyer who handled the case for Kace’s estate.
The next morning, Kace was found dead in his bed about 6 a.m., Higgins said.
In the weeks that followed, medical examiners identified Kace’s cause of death as myocarditis, a virus that infects and inflames the heart muscle.
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BANGKOK — Numbered 1 to 227, the passenger manifest for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is an outwardly unremarkable document.
But behind the columns of capitalized names, nationalities, and ages are 227 unique stories, part of a rich human tapestry that assembles every time a flight departs. There were middle-aged Australians with wanderlust, an acclaimed Chinese calligrapher, and a young Indonesian man heading to begin a new career.
The Boeing 777 disappeared from radar screens early Saturday morning, in the first hour of a six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. From France to Australia and China, families and friends are enduring an agonizing wait for news about Flight MH370.
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