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Official Trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Posted December 20, 2011 11:46 PM by Josh Katz

Warner Bros.Warner Bros. has just released the first theatrical trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Director Peter Jackson's highly anticipated prequel to his Lord of the Rings Trilogy focuses on young Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, Love Actually) as he begins a quest to retrieve a treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock).

An Unexpected Journey marks the first film in Jackson's Hobbit adaptation; in 2013, he will bring Part 2 - otherwise known as There and Back Again - to cinemas around the world.

Returning from the Lord of the Rings trilogy are Ian McKellen (X-Men), Elijah Wood (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Christopher Lee (Horror Express), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Ian Holm (Alien), Orlando Bloom (Kingdom of Heaven), Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth), while performers such as Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta), James Nesbitt (Five Minutes of Heaven), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Richard Armitage (Robin Hood), and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans) are entering the world of Middle-Earth for the first time.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's scheduled U.S. release date is December 14th, 2012.





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Dark.Devil.21
 - Dec 20, 2011

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Can't wait for this.

Acid_Edi
 - Dec 20, 2011

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YES!!!!

jwoodwar
 - Dec 20, 2011

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BONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mel823
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I teared up.

I can't wait!!

tridon
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Time to return to Middle-earth!!!!!!! =D

wnicholas76
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I'm as giddy as a little schoolboy right now!!!!!

ilikebluray
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I really need to get started on that time machine...

Steven_101
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I peed a little.

First major book I read as a child, and I couldn't put it down.

aydterracer2005
 - Dec 21, 2011

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The Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises..... 2012 is gonna be a good year at the movies!

MCT
 - Dec 21, 2011

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HOLY FUCKING SHIITTTTTTT!

DaveSimonH
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Kind of underwhelmed by the trailer to be honest, but I'm sure the final film will be good

rollinwith26s
 - Dec 21, 2011

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@aydterracer2005

Could not agree more.

rafaelsalguero
 - Dec 21, 2011

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just 7 days before the end of the world!!!

zoodermin
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Simply amazing!! Can't wait to see it!!

Gosszilla
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Love the trailer! 2012 is going to be a great year at the movies--right up to December when this is released!
"the Avengers", "Prometheus" & "The Dark Knight Rises" to name but a few of the 2012 highlights

Rains MD
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I believe the true star of this trailer is Howard Shore, that music is amazing!

mredman
 - Dec 21, 2011

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is this a teaser for both parts?

aydterracer2005
 - Dec 21, 2011

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@mredman

It is just for An Unexpected Journey (aka part 1). They barely showed anything and what they did show all appears to be stuff that happens early-ish in the book.

Characters later in the book like Smaug would probably have at least been hinted at or "teased" if this was for both parts.

Benchman
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Peter Jackson was just like "suck it, Nolan"

DanzG
 - Dec 21, 2011

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@Benchman - You're an idiot. Anyone who compares this movie with the Dark Knight Rises and vice verses has to have the mental conditioning of a 5 year old. (My movie is better then your movie mentality) It is just completely uncalled for. Both The Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises are going to be fantastic and two totally different but amazing journeys to behold for sure.

Bluyoda
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Shagadelic
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Hypnotized ...in.

The Bluray King
 - Dec 21, 2011

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looks goood ,cant wait.

Atreyu
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Looks great, but honestly, 3D??????? Don't get me wrong I love 3D, but is this neccessary.What now...is Jackson gonna do a Cameron on us and change the trilogy into 3D?

The Bluray King
 - Dec 21, 2011

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atreyu - u did know that the film is being made from the groud up IN 3D with really 3D cams ,so really there is no worry i for one just want to see it ,3D maybe not sure yet ,we have a long ways to go it not comeing out till the end of 2012 lol so its a long time there .

LOTR07
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Can't get here fast enough.....awesome....

Verbal
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Another 3.5 hours of people walking...

Tshoffie
 - Dec 21, 2011

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i dont know what to say about this... there is alot of stuff in the trailer that doesnt seem to fit with the original story god i hope peter jackson doesnt change alot of stuff

GreatWhite83
 - Dec 21, 2011

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This trailer isnt exactly exciting, but as this is the first of the Hobbit movies I bet this is the warm up film and the Hobbit films overall will be something quite special.

Guydowood
 - Dec 21, 2011

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The hairs on the back of my ass just rose up!

Impossible
 - Dec 21, 2011

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*shudders

Haven't I seen this somewhere before.......

ddelrymple
 - Dec 21, 2011

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2012 will be the best year for films EVER

lordmorpheus72
 - Dec 21, 2011

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SCHWING!! But seriosly, I can't wait. It looks amazing. I'll skip the 3D though, just doesn't do it for me.

Brightstar
 - Dec 21, 2011

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wow i just cant wait """

SpartanIre
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Yeah! How dare an artist choose to film his work in 3D and also put it out in 2D! Dammit, doesn't Hollywood get it... We do NOT want choices in this world!!! Make us watch only what you say we should watch!

I feel bad for those of you that will be forced to watch this in 3D! I hope that when they strap you into the theater seats they allow you to move a little so you are comfortable. And when they bolt the 3D glasses to your head, it doesn't hurt that bad...

denger76
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I will definitely want to see this in IMAX 3D (I believe the 3D will be nothing short of spectacular) since Jackson is filming with new 3D cameras. I agree what we saw in the trailer looks familiar but hey even if this movie is half the film the LOTR trilogy was it will still be 100% better than most of the crap Hollywood puts out each year! OBTW if the LOTR's is a boring movie then I am sure you will think that Fast Five Furious Part 7 will be excellent!!!

threefiftyrocket
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I totally just geeked my pants

financially stable
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Schrute Farms
 - Dec 21, 2011

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While this won't be enough to make me adopt 3D, I can't wait to be immersed in Middle Earth again! I know Peter Jackson will do the book justice, especially since he is going to have 5+ hours to tell the Hobbit tale.

Cate Blanchett is one hot Galadriel!

thelittleprince
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Can't wait to go back to Middle Earth-- in 3D!

Meeklo
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I guess the world really will end in 2012 since this along with Dark Knight Rises and Avengers are the epic movies to end all epic movies.

And it will end with the population exclaiming that 2012 is officially "The Year Of The Geek!!!"

"The Big Bang Theory" will have a field day next season...

BluToMe
 - Dec 21, 2011

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When comes the Silmarillion?

kurtlingle
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Very nice. Can't wait till we see it!

rdkimes
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Can only hope it's close to any of the LOTR movies....looks pretty good from the trailer.

On another note, what is with people always down-voting people's comments just because they don't like something? Are people not allowed to have an opinion anymore?

Dreambo
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Nice to see the old faces too...I hope it's good.....Hope Hope...I know that PJ won't insult our intelligence or our anticipation of the secrets of Middle Earth...

laie_techie
 - Dec 21, 2011

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@BluToMe, they only have rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Estate is guarding the other books as being too precious.

wonka
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Major Wood

Benchman
 - Dec 21, 2011

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@DanzG I think you took my comment a little too seriously.

Pfreddy
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I can't wait for these movies....but honestly....that trailer was....B_O_R_I_N_G! Really good trailers want you to not only see the movie, but see the trailer again, this one was, meh.

It really pains me to say so too as I love LOTR!

BklynBryan
 - Dec 21, 2011

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LOL @ Smeagle at the end. My Preciousssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Brass Casanova
 - Dec 21, 2011

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I grew up watching that Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit. I have to credit that cartoon with getting me into Tolkien at a much earlier age than I would have otherwise. Even though it's admittedly a little lame and extremely dated with Glenn Yarbrough's warbly aging-flower-child folk compositions, it holds a special place in my heart. And I still kind of imagine John Huston's voice for Gandalf whenever I re-read the books.

Anyway, enough rambling. I thought it was neat of Howard Shore to tip his stylistic hat to the melody of the Misty Mountain song the dwarves sing when arriving at Bag End from the cartoon. There's definitely a distinct difference but enough was similar to bring a nostalgic smile to my face.

Can't wait for this.

wilmua777
 - Dec 21, 2011

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Look likes 2012 the year of Warner Bros. studios.
1. Journey 2.
2. Jake and giant killer.
3. Wrath of the Titans
4. The Dark Knight Rises..
5. The Hobbit....
and more..
All those will be release in IMAX format and some of them in 3D aswell.

Trick x50
 - Dec 21, 2011

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@DanzG Cool it, shithead.

Tshoffie
 - Dec 21, 2011

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CF FilmFan
 - Dec 21, 2011

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My God, I can't wait for this! The BD, not the theatrical release

HelmutNewton
 - Dec 22, 2011

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Wish we didn't have to wait another year!

curtistalls
 - Dec 22, 2011

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ah-maze-ing. very pumped!

elsrik
 - Dec 22, 2011

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I'm, very excited to see this, as long as there's no '9 Fingers' music. Also somehow the hobbits don't seem so short as they were in the LOTR series. Has anyone else noticed this?

reidw
 - Dec 22, 2011

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@wilmua77: Maybe a banner box office year for WB but more like an intellectual wasteland for the thoughtful cinmea goer.

boz55
 - Dec 22, 2011

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Awesome cant wait!

Bluyoda
 - Dec 22, 2011

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@Verbal Couldn't agree more. Spot on!

Bluyoda
 - Dec 22, 2011

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@Verbal Couldn't agree more. Spot on!

FBDMatt
 - Dec 22, 2011

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@Tshoffie The reason he isn't making the movies exactly the same as the book(s) is because books don't translate well directly to the silver screen. Parts are added/taken out because they work better for film.

DanaCameron7320
 - Dec 23, 2011

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@elsrik: I think it may be because, for many of the shots in the teaser, the hobbits are in the company of dwarves, who aren't much taller than hobbits. I'm sure Gandalf and any featured elves will tower over them all.

Aragorn22
 - Dec 25, 2011

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Can't fucking wait! The trailer was amazing, perfect even. Some will no doubt argue, because there are barely no action sequences at all, but I kind of like that he keeps the whole thing completely mysterious. As a matter of fact, for someone who has never read the book, this trailer might be confusing because it gives absolutely no hint at all as to what the plot of this story actually is. But for someone who has read it, this gives the chills. Howard Shore has, once again, pulled it off; that music is outstanding (and Richard Armitage has a great voice). I hope it's not some music that is in the trailer but will not be in the film, as it sometimes happens with trailers. But I suppose not, since that melody is also the melody of a song sung by the Dwarves in Bag End, which is actually part of the book. Jackson also seems to have made this story more "adult", compared to what the book is, to make it more consistent with his vision of LOTR. All this makes me happy because I was so fearing that the Dwarves in particular would be too goofy, as they are in the book (don't get me wrong, I love the book, but it's just inconsistent with LOTR). But here, they look like real badasses; they look like they could inflict some damage, though Bombur, Fili and Kili look like they might be used as comic relief - but that's okay: so were Gimli, Merry and Pippin in many cases in LOTR! My only fear? Talking animals... I still don't know how Jackson and co. will solve that one. Some - on other blogs I've read - complain that Smaug is not seen, but do not forget that this is a trailer for the first film, where Smaug will probably not appear (unless Peter Jackson chooses to show us a flashback of Smaug stealing the treasure rather than just having the company talk about it around a table in Bag End). Presumably, WETA will refine and push the design of Smaug to the very end, as they had done with both Gollum and King Kong. I wouldn't even be surprised if the trailer for "There And Back Again" gives us a slightly different Smaug than the one who ends up in the final film. And anyway, I think Jackson is right not to show him. Smaug should be the "pièce de résistance" of the very last trailer. Great tease of Gollum at the end. Looks amazing, and I am dying to see this. God, I hate all this waiting!

Aragorn22
 - Dec 25, 2011

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I forgot something. I have a question, and I hope that someone might be able to provide me with an answer. What happened to both Grant Major and, especially, Jamie Selkirk? IMDB has Dan Hennah listed as the Production Designer of this film, with some guy I've never heard of, Andy McLaren, as Art Director. I know there was some thing between Jackson and Major about the depiction of Heaven in "The Lovely Bones" a few years ago, but it was the same with Dan Hennah, and he came back. Maybe Major holds a grudge longer than Hennah? But as for Selkirk, I just don't get it! He's been Jackson's editor since way back on his first feature, "Bad Taste", released in 1987, and has edited every single Jackson film since. Then, for some unknown reason - and I've searched the web for answers to this, always in vain -, he didn't do "The Lovely Bones". And now, Jabez Olssen is listed as editor here, too. What gives?


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