A HOBBIT HOLE IN MIDDLE EARTH — Josh Gad decided the depths of quarantine needed heroes, and who could better fill that role than the saviors of Middle-earth?
In his new coronavirus-inspired podcast, "Reunited Apart," Gad gives every fellowship fan exactly what they’ve always wanted: a return of the kings.
Looking at the fellowship and ensemble cast crowded onto this video call, I’m vaguely reminded of the inciting incident of "The Hobbit," in which Bilbo Baggins’ hobbit hole is invaded by twelve dwarves and a Gandalf who whisk him away to an adventure. It seems that Sir Ian McKellen thought the same in this video as he slips and says, “Bilbo—Frodo!” as the rest of the cast howls with laughter.
The antics escalate as John Rhys-Davies dawns his Gimli helmet and faces a dwarf’s greatest enemy: being too short to see. As a fellow petite person, I can relate to the intense and lifelong struggle of not being able to reach cabinets without a step-stool — or, as Orlando Bloom puts it, "a box."
The funky voices, the dramatic music, the select set pieces and ridiculous lack thereof (Merry with headphones is the image I never knew I needed) create a beautiful, hilarious retelling of "The Lord of the Rings" that’s impossible to look away from. This is a 2-minute highlight reel of all the famous moments of the movies, with some self-aware parodying and modern anachronisms which only add to the actors’ charms.
So grab your sword, your ax and your bow, and travel across Middle-earth while avoiding the eye of Sauron to watch this clip — because in the current climate where isolation is strongly recommended, a fellowship is exactly what we need.