After yesterday’s report that Cate Blanchett would reprise her Lord Of The Rings role as elf queen Galadriel in The Hobbit, many pointed out that Galadriel does not actually appear in The Hobbit, suggesting that Peter Jackson may be including familiar characters from one of the most popular film trilogies of all time simply as a way of hedging his bets. Further evidence: Orlando Bloom is reportedly close to signing a deal to return to Middle Earth as arrow-slinging elf Legolas, and Deadline reports his appearance comprises “more than a cameo.” Of course, Tolkien fans would tell you that this is really just a quibble, as although his character was not introduced in the book, Legolas would have had to be alive during the events of The Hobbit, and that Tolkien would surely have included him if he knew that someday he’d help Peter Jackson make another buttload of money.
Besides, with no Legolas, to whom will people dedicate their Hobbit YouTube tribute videos? Martin Freeman?
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