WATCH: Gandalf Bets On Bilbo In New ‘Hobbit’ TV Spot

Martin Freeman in The Hobbit

It’s interesting how much the marketing for the new Hobbit films is using Martin Freeman’s comedic talent as a way of building up interest, isn’t it? Whereas Lord of the Rings was about doom and spectacle (and funny hobbits), the gag we’re all in on is that Martin’s character Bilbo Baggins is something of a fusspot, and that Gandalf  has a soft spot for hobbits.

So, in this latest TV spot for the movie, we see how their relationship develops, with Gandalf taking out a wager on whether Bilbo is truly up for the challenge.

What’s the next one gonna be, two orcs say something outrageous on camera and Bilbo looks about him in disbelief, Office style? An angry Sherlockish bickerfest with an elf?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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