JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit is one of the widest read books in the world and has served as an inspiration for further books, movies and online gambling games. Tolkien’s book, penned in 1937, follows the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he journeys to claim his share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. Readers are drawn to the fantastical imagination used by Tolkien to create a myriad of characters that come together at the end of the book in the Battle of Five Armies.
The Hobbit was such a literary success at the time of its publication, that readers demanded a sequel. As such, Tolkien’s masterpiece trilogy, the Lord of the Rings, was born, bringing the fantasy novels into mainstream society forever. The legacy of the Hobbit and the subsequent Lord of the Rings has been adapted multiple times over, whether on screen, on the radio, through board games and online games.
The film trilogy based on the Lord of the Rings was released over the course of three years, beginning with The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, was released a year later, and the trilogy’s film adaption culminated with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.
The movies, filmed mainly in New Zealand and directed by Peter Jackson, took eight years to film and carried a budget of $285 million. They were the highest grossing film series of all time and won 17 out of the 30 Academy Awards they were nominated for.
Riding on the success of the Lord of the Rings movies, online gambling operators created casino games based on the trilogy, the most popular being Microgaming’s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring slot game. This Lord of the Rings slot machine is regularly sought out by players at top online casinos.
This week, Peter Jackson’s long awaited epic, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to launch in Wellington, New Zealand. The film is the first installment in a three part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and stars the British actor, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit trilogy was filmed back to back in New Zealand, with an estimated budget of $500 million, taking six years to complete.
As Hobbit fever sweeps the world, online gamblers are anxiously awaiting the release of The Hobbits slot game which would complement The Lord of the Rings slot machine to perfection. Playing online games based on favorite book and movie characters has always appealed to online gamblers, and bringing The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to the player’s fingertips is a very smart move by online gambling operators.