July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
Directed by Jenna Skeen
J.R.R. Tolkien’s magical world of Hobbits, Dwarves, and the Ring, will come to the Alban in July! Bilbo Baggins is quite content with his life in the Shire, and is as sensible a hobbit as you could wish for, when the wizard Gandulf shows up on his doorstep with a troop of Dwarves who have invited themselves for tea! They convince Bilgo to sign on as a burglar for hire to reclaim a vast fortune stolen by the dragon Smaug, far away in the Lonely Mountain. Despite his protests, his long unanswered longing for adventure gets the better of him and sets forth over The Hill and across The Water on a magical, perilous adventure.
Following a nasty spot of trouble with three horrible trolls, who plan on eating he and the Dwarves, the adventures uncover the troll’s horde which includes elvin swords. One of these swords Bilbo names Sting and it helps him overcome many obstacles in his journey. After a meeting with the Elves of Rivendell, Bilbo and the other climb the Misty Mountains and are promptly captured by Goblins. Saved by Gandalf, the Dwarves escape, but Bilbo is left behind. He finds a ring in the darkness, and to meets the strange creature Gollum, who challenges him to a game of riddles, if Bilbo can’t answer he will be eaten! Bilbo outsmarts Gollum and escapes to meet his friends outside the mountains.
Entering the Forest of Mirkwood the travelers are attacked by huge spiders, but Bilbo saves the day with his new ring, which makes him invisible, and his elven sword Sting! Alas, as soon as they are free of the spiders, they are captured by Wood Elves and imprisoned for trespassing. Bilbo manages to free them by hiding the Dwarves in barrels and escaping via the river. At last they reach Lake-town, and are given provisions for the journey to the Lonely Mountain. They use Thorin’s map to find a secret passage into the mountain where Bilbo must begin his task of burgling from the frightening dragon, Smaug. Smaug smells Bilbo in his lair, but can’t see him, due to the magic ring, and Bilbo manages to escape with a piece of treasure. Smaug vows revenge and flies to Laketown to destroy it. Meanwhile, the Dwarves and Bilbo take possession of the Lonely Mountain, and Bilbo finds the Arkenstone, a jewel and heritage of the Dwarves.
Bard, of Lake-town kills the dragon with a black arrow. Believing the Dwarves are dead, an army of men, led by Bard, and an army of Elves march toward the Lonely Mountain to divide the treasure. They find to their surprise that the Dwarves are still alive.
The men claim a share of the treasure, because Smaug destroyed their town. When the dwarfs refuse to surrender it, the army besieges the mountain. Bilbo tries to end the dispute by giving Arkenstone to Bard, hoping it can be used to force the dwarves to negotiate. Bilbo’s bravery wins him praise from all but the Dwarves, who are furious with him. When more dwarfs arrive from the north, they are determined to fight.
Just as war begins to break out, an army of Goblins attack. The dwarves, elves, and men forget their differences and join together to keep from being killed. Help comes at the time of greatest need, and the Goblins are defeated.
Bilbo finds that he’s a hero, reconciles with Thorin and is given a share of the treasure. But he’s had enough of adventure and sets off for home with Gandalf. He keeps in his possession the magic ring…