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It took two years and over $500 million to turn this fantasy tale,
prequel to “The Lord of the Rings,” into another impressive franchise,
the first episode of which premiered in Ukraine on Dec. 19.

New
Line Cinema studio decided to divide “The Hobbit” into three movies, to
go through every detail of the book and make as much money as possible.
Part one is called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Action
starts in the well-known hobbit homeland, the Shire, with its cozy
holes, green grass and peaceful atmosphere. The measured, bucolic life
of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman, best known as Dr.
Watson from the BBC’s Sherlock series) came to a sudden end when the
mysterious magician Gandalf came to his house.

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