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The Hobbit This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Lavinia, Poughkeepsie, NY

Some are calling it a splendid success, and others label it an unexpected failure. Despite these extremes, most critics are settling in the middle. Peter Jackson's first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was definitely … unexpected.

For those who do not know the plot, it is a children's tale set in the fictional world of Middle Earth. We are introduced to a gentle, peaceful ­population of small beings called hobbits. “The Hobbit” is the story of Bilbo Baggins, who is just another hobbit, until the wizard Gandalf sends him on a grand adventure.

The cast is great, and I can hardly complain about any performance. Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman deliver solid performances as Gandalf and Bilbo respectively. Richard Armitage brings Thorin to a whole new level.

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