The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Directed by Peter Jackson

hobbitBibliographic Information:

Jackson, P. (Director). (2012). The hobbit: An unexpected journey [Motion picture]. United States: Warner Bros.

Plot Summary:

Bilbo Baggins, a comfortable hobbit, is surprised when thirteen Dwarves show up at his hobbit hole expecting a party. When the Wizard Gandalf arrives Bilbo learns that Gandalf wants to recruit him as a “burglar” in a dwarven quest to enter the Lonely Mountain. The Lonely Mountain was the ancestral home of the dwarves that they were forced to flee when Smaug, the dragon, decides to make the Mountain his lair.

Although reluctant to leave, at the last minute Bilbo has a change of heart and hurries to catch up with the departing dwarves. Now committed to the task, Bilbo has many adventures with the dwarves including meeting Elves and being captured by Goblins.

When Bilbo is separated from the Dwarves he finds a mysterious ring and Gollum who is looking for it. Soon the Company is reunited and continues their journey. Meanwhile, Smaug, the dragon, awakens.

Critical Evaluation:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of a trilogy that is based on the Tolkien novel, The Hobbit and the appendices to Tolkien’s The Return of the King.

The movie does stay to true to the novel but it is very long (2 hrs 50 min.) with two more movies still to come.

Reader’s Annotation:

A young hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, is pressured into joining a group of dwarves to the Lonely Mountain in hopes of reclaiming their ancestral home.

Information About the Author:

The screenplay was written by Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Guillermo del Toro. It was adapted from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.


  • Fantasy
  • Adventure

Curriculum Ties:

  • Many schools have The Hobbit on their reading lists.
  • Narrative arc, characters types
  • High fantasy

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • PG-13

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this title?:

Tolkien is a very popular author in our library so the movie is a natural addition.


  • Received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Won an Academy Scientific and Technical Award
  • Received nine nominations at the 39th Saturn Awards
  • Received five nominations at the 18th Empire Awards
    • Won Best Actor for Martin Freeman
    • Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film


Jackson, P. (Director). (2012). The hobbit: An unexpected journey [Motion picture]. United States: New Line Cinema.

The hobbit: An unexpected journey. (n.d.). Retrieved from

The hobbit: An unexpected journey. (2013). Retrieved from


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