"- Martin Freeman, in a foreword written about The Hobbit (x)
Which brings me to the reason why we’re all here - a book that was published 75 years ago, which has since become a children’s favourite; a quasi-religious work for some, and the daddy of what we know as fantasy fiction. For Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor of indeterminate ability, The Hobbit was a part of his boyhood so dear to him that he yearned to play Smaug the Dragon. Which he now is.
For me, it is my privilege to play Bilbo. I hope this wonderful book gives you as much pleasure as The Hobbit has to countless others."