Gandalf specifically says that Bilbo hasn't changed a day in the Fellowship of the Ring. But the actor playing Bilbo is much younger than Ian Holm.
... when they get captured by the Goblins at the summit of the Misty Mountains.
Also you must take The Ring into account. Its carrier appears to age more slowly than normal, which is why even though it took Frodo like 20 years to get to Mordor, he still looks the same. And that's also why Bilbo looked so much younger in Fellowship than he did when he died. His true age caught up with him.Also, "You haven't changed a day" is a pretty common compliment for an old friend. Edit: vvv That too.
The reason I bring up the age thing is because in the books it is specifically pointed out that Bilbo has not been aging. Part of the "Hobbit gossip" behind Bilbo's back (besides being strange for going on an adventure) was the fact that he wasn't aging like other Hobbits. Just for giggles, here is a quote from Wikipedia:The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, begins with Bilbo's "eleventy-first" (111th) birthday (on 22 September), 60 years after the beginning of The Hobbit. The main protagonist of the novel is Frodo Baggins, Bilbo's kinsman. The Ring had prolonged Bilbo's life beyond the normal hobbit span, and at 111 he still looked 50. While the Ring did not initially corrupt him as it had its previous owners, it was beginning to affect him; over the years, it had begun to prey on his mind when out of his sight, and he lost sleep and felt "stretched out and thin", as he said to Gandalf.As for where they are going to split the story into two parts, my guess is that the split will be...***spoiler alert***... when they get captured by the Goblins at the summit of the Misty Mountains.
I love Ian as Gandalf. So good at the part. Also I think they are going to have Sauraman in it too. Of course he died but I saw a guy they put prosthetics on and he looked and sounded very close to the original one.
A bigger continuity issue is that in Fellowship of the Ring we see a brief glimpse of Ian Holm finding the ring during the events of The Hobbit. Not quite sure how that's going to fit.
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