Elijah Wood likes Gollum best

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

July 14th, 2012

Elijah Wood's favourite 'Lord of the Rings' character is Gollum.

The 31-year-old actor portrayed Frodo Baggins in the movie series and though he was always a fan of the J. R. R. Tolkein novels the films were based on, he initially had an affinity for the goblin-like character played in the films by Andy Serkis.

He said: ''For a long time prior to 'The Lord of the Rings', I would have said Gollum was my favourite fictional character.

''I was reading 'The Hobbit' when I was really young and the chapter 'Riddles In The Dark' was always my favourite.''

However, Elijah insists he wasn't disappointed not to play Gollum as Andy did such a ''brilliant'' job.

He added to NME magazine: ''I wasn't disappointed not to play Gollum. I think he's definitely one of the greatest characters in all those books and he was brought to life so brilliantly beyond whatever I could have imagined by Andy Serkis.''

Elijah reprises his role as Frodo in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Hobbit: There And Back Again', which are released in December 2012 and December 2013 respectively.