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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gets First Trailer, Poster

Warner Bros. has premiered the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel.

Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins, joined by Ian McKellen, who returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Also reprising their Lord of the Rings roles are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

The ensemble cast of The Hobbit also includes Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas and Aidan Turner.

Watch the trailer below, or in HD at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on Dec. 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on Dec. 13, 2013.

The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.


  • ziza9

    I just messed myself, cleaned up and did it again. Oh yes, this is going to be epic!

  • Jacob

    We’re not actually expected to know all of their names, are we?

  • ziza9

    From the intro in Bilbo’s house? Hah, that was a ridiculously long list of names.

  • Coryjameson

    It looks fantastic. Peter Jackson’s films are always visually beautiful. 

    I guess my problem is with JRR Tolkien. Always using terms like Wizard and Sorcerer yet never showing any significant magic. I’m not saying it has to be Harry Potter, that’s always the apologist’s retort. But some significant magic would have been nice. 

    That scene with Gandalf on the hill. It was yet another, was it or wasn’t it, moment because the Sun turns the trolls or whatever creatures they are into stone. There was some implication that it was Gandalf’s doing but he can’t control when the sun rises so actually it was merely the sun rising. That’s really lame JRR.

    It could just be the Catholic Church’s proscription against so-called “witchcraft” which is broadly interpreted as all magic. JRR didn’t want to cross that line, just toe up to it.

    Lame – is the bottom line

  • Fredmanson

    Excellent first official trailer!!! I was chicken skinned!!!!

    I hope to see this movie (the long version of course) in a theater which can do 48fps on screen!!!!

  • 0bsessions

    Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Balin, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Thorin…

    That’s all I could get off the top of my head, pretty impressed with myself considering I haven’t read the books in over a decade now. I think there was another one related to Fili and Kili.

    Had to Wiki it, missed Bifur, Nori, Ori and Dori. Apparently Nori, Ori and Dori were the triplets I missed.

    The trick is noting that outside of Thorin, every one of them has a sibling in the company and said sibling will have a similar name.

  • 0bsessions

    I’m boycotting Fandango because I can’t preorder tickets for the seventeen times I plan on seeing this yet.

  • snow man

    When dealing with the trolls, Gandalf disguises his voice like each of them to keep them arguing until the sun comes up. 

    Gandalf uses magic later when the party is treed by wargs and goblins, casting fire about.