“In a hole in a ground there lived a hobbit.” This was one of the opening lines of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and our first glimpse into the Shire and Middle Earth. In this thrilling story, Gandalf the Grey returns and once again goes on a quest with a hobbit. This time, we look back in time to when a younger Bilbo Baggins, Frodo’s uncle, tries his hand at an adventure.

Since the premiere of “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” in 2003, fans eagerly awaited the next addition to the story. Once again, J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic story is brought to life in an adventure that delights, excites and astounds viewers. We revisit some past characters, Rivendell and the elves, Gollum, and the mountains that pierce Middle Earth. We are introduced to some new characters such as the Pale Orc and Thorin and a new wizard, Radagast the Brown. In this grand adventure, a hesitant Bilbo Baggins is chosen by Gandalf the Grey to be the 14th member of a quest along with 13 dwarfs. The dwarfs, led by the dwarf king Thorin, are leading an expedition to the Lonely Mountain to regain their home from the dragon, Smaug. The orcs return once again to thwart Bilbo and the dwarfs. Thorin’s old enemy, the Pale Orc, who Thorin left for dead, returns to get his revenge. Bilbo must struggle with homesickness and a feeling of not belonging throughout the movie due to the fact that his newfound traveling companions believe it was an unwise decision to bring Bilbo along.

The movie was directed by Peter Jackson and based on Tolkien’s best-selling novel. “The Hobbit” is the prologue in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It was published in 1937 and the “Lord of the Rings” movies were released in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Jackson once again films many of his scenes in New Zealand.

I would recommend this movie for anyone over 10 years old. There are some scenes in the movie that may be too violent and intense for younger children. It is action-packed, fraught with danger and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Anyone who is a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” movies would enjoy this movie very much.

The next “Hobbit” movie is scheduled for December. Until then, fans will eagerly wait to follow Bilbo on his next epic adventure.

Kayla Reumann is a freshman at Holland High School.