The Hobbit (1966 film)
|Writer||J.R.R. Tolkien, Gene Deitch|
|Released||Limited audience: 29 June, 1966|
The Hobbit, presented as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, was the first film adaptation of The Hobbit, created by Gene Deitch in 1966. The film was produced by William Snyder and took less than a month to create. The film was approximately 12 minutes long and was only created so Snyder could extend his license for The Lord of the Rings and sell it back to Tolkien and his publishers, which he did for $100,000.
Slag the Monster Lizard ransacked the city of Golden Bells, Dale, taking all of their treasures for himself, including the precious Arkenstone of Old. Only General Torin Oakenshield, Princess Mika and a lone, unnamed watchman (who had been asleep when Slag attacked) survived. Desperate, they turned to the Wizard Gandalf in his lonely tower. He pointed them to a prophecy of the Dragon's death in The Great Book, for which they needed a Hobbit. The whole party went to the house of Bilbo Baggins, who initially refused the task requested of him, but after some persuasion from Gandalf and the princess, joined the three on their quest.
Soon, they encountered two "Groans", monstrous creatures that turned to trees when exposed to sunlight. Bilbo's companions were captured, but Bilbo tricked the two into a fight until the sun rose. They continued their journey, and General Oakenshield and the Princess started to appreciate their burglar. But suddenly, Bilbo disappeared. He had fallen though a crevasse in the mountain, and fell past the evil "Grablins" into the lake where "Goloom" dwelt. He found Goloom's magic ring, and dashed away through the tunnels. He hid behind a rock, and allowed Goloom to overtake him so he could find his way out.
After traveling through Mirkwood Forest, Bilbo came to the Lonely Mountain. He stole the Arkenstone, crafted a bow from mining tools, and shot the Arkenstone through Slag's heart. Slag was killed, and Dale restored. Bilbo returned to Hobbiton with Princess Mika as his wife.
- Gene Deitch, "Hobbit-alized: The First Attempt At Animating The Hobbit" dated 11 December 2001, awn.com (accessed 10 January 2012)
|Licensed film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's works|
|The Hobbit (1966) · The Hobbit (1977) · The Lord of the Rings (1978) · The Return of the King (1980) · The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) · The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) · The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) · The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (forthcoming)|