Even as The Hobbit continues to limp along in pre-production, it’s been confirmed that Elijah Wood will be reprising his role as Frodo Baggins, even though Frodo wasn’t in The Hobbit. Hell, Frodo wasn’t even born yet during the events of the book.
As readers of “The Hobbit” know, the tale of “The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit or There and Back Again,” are contained in the fictional “Red Book of Westmarch.” In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the books are shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Sam Gamgee. (Not explained on film are Sam’s progeny later having the book and being Wardens of the Westmarch — hence the book’s title.) The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the films experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ with a familiar Frodo getting the tale as well.
Oh… so it’s going to be Frodo in the present, recounting the tales of Bilbo in the past. Ah. That makes more sense, but it still seems entirely unnecessary. JUST MAKE THE FUCKING MOVIE ALREADY.