Cate Blanchett Returns to Middle Earth for The Hobbit

Despite plenty of drama in the development and production of ‘The Hobbit’ – check out my story over at PopEater – the cast and crew continue to forge merrily ahead.

cate-blanchett-the-hobbit-galadriel The latest person returning to Middle Earth is Cate Blanchett, who played Galadriel in the previous films and whom Frodo encountered on his journey to destroy The One Ring.

J.R.R. Tolkien refers to Galadriel as “the mightiest and fairest of all the Elves that remained in Middle-Earth” and the “greatest of elven women.” As for director Peter Jackson, he notes, “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films.”

Still, you have to wonder … The character of Galadriel didn’t actually show up in Tolkien’s book ‘The Hobbit,’ so it’ll be interesting to see how Jackson stitches her into the story. I’m just excited that things are finally moving forward, because it’s been a long time coming. ‘The Hobbit’ will be released in two films, arriving in theaters in 2012 and 2013 (well, barring any more financial or legal woes, that is).

Other confirmed castings include Ken Scott as dwarf lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy as wizard Radagast the Brown, Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn, Ryan Gage as Drogo Baggins, and Jed Brophy and William Kircher as dwarfs Nori and Bifur.

For Tolkien Nerds: Galadriel was a royal Elf of both the Noldor and the Teleri, being a grandchild of both King Finwë and King Olwë, and was also close kin of King Ingwë of the Vanyar through her grandmother Indis. Towards the end of her stay in Middle-earth she was co-ruler of Lothlórien along with her husband, Lord Celeborn, and was referred to as The Lady of Lórien, The Lady of the Galadhrim, Lady of Light or The Lady of the Wood. She had a daughter Celebrían, making her Elrond’s mother-in-law and Arwen’s grandmother.

And yes, I’m one of those nerds. I even have Galadriel’s ring in my jewelry box.


Images: Warner Bros. Pictures





  1. Melanie Avatar

    Yes, I’m a Tolkien nerd too. Any bit of Hobbit casting is Big News here in NZ, so I’ve been keeping up. No idea how Sir Peter will get Galadriel in, but Cate is so gorgeous, it will certainly be worth the extra work.

  2. Roxanne Avatar

    See … I’m not that big of a nerd, but I did find the movies entertaining enough. They are very BOY character focused, so I’m actually glad to hear that such a strong female character will appear.

  3. Alexandra Avatar

    I’m not a Tolkien nerd, but I do go see everything Cate is in, so this film will be no exception. Thanks for the update.

  4. Sheryl Avatar

    Not a Tolkien nerd, here, either, but Cate Blanchett is an amazing actress. So, you never know…

  5. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    Wow, I’m amazed you figured out all of the ins and outs of Galadriel. Whew! I’m no Tolkien fan, but I’m impressed.

  6. Jennifer Margulis Avatar

    I LOVE the Hobbit and ALL things Tolkien. He was such a tremendous writer. I can’t wait to see this!

  7. Merr Avatar

    I’ve never seen one of these movies or perhaps any movie like it, on purpose anyway!

  8. Kris Bordessa Avatar

    2012? That gives me plenty of time to re-read The Hobbit before the movie comes out. It’s been years since I read it.

  9. Stephanie - Wasabimon Avatar

    Wait, what? Galadriel in The Hobbit? I’m one of those nerds too, and I find this really annoying! Just like I found Arwen’s sudden HUGE storyline in the Lord of the Rings movies when she only has a walk-on roll in the books. 😛

  10. Jeanine Barone Avatar

    I’m all about Lord of the Rings and anything Tolkien related. It was great reading your post. And I can’t wait for this movie to open.

  11. Ann Avatar

    Love it! As a long time fan of both the Hobbit and LOTR, there are a few things I’ve seen that cause me a little concern, but I had similar feelings leading up to the LOTR trilogy and Peter delivered an amazing set of movies. I’m sure he’ll do the same with the Hobbit movies. The singing is a nice touch. I wonder how much Jackson will include? Maybe we’ll get to hear Break the Dishes, Crack the Plates. Will also be interesting to see if he has the goblins sing, as they sang several songs in the book.

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