Elijah Wood's Hobbit emotions

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

November 30th, 2011

Elijah Wood had "mixed emotions" while shooting 'The Hobbit'.

The 30-year-old actor returned to play his 'Lord of the Rings' character Frodo Baggins in the eagerly anticipated prequel, and although he was nervous he found he quickly got back into the swing of things while filming in New Zealand.

He said: "It was amazing, a mix of emotions, I think. It was slightly surreal and felt oddly normal.

"I played the character for so long and I was in the costume, in Bag-end and a lot of the same crew were there from Rings so it was as if no time had past and suddenly we were doing another scene. It was great, felt like a family reunion, like stepping back in time."

However, he admits the prequel - which is split into two separate movies - does feel very different as there are 13 principal actors.

He told HeyUGuys.co.uk: "Well, there are 13 dwarves! Imagine that, 13 principal actors, it's insane - all with prosthetics and it's incredible. In some ways, the scale feels larger surprisingly even though technically the scale of Lord of the Ring is more massive in terms of the storytelling.

"There's more technology, it's being shot in 3-D, more people on the set and it feels as though the 'machine' is bigger."