The latest trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has arrived as promised in honor of the worldwide celebration of Tolkien Week, giving us an exciting new look at the first in a series of films which take us back to Middle-earth 60 years before the events of the award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The week-long celebration first begam in 1978 under the direction of The American Tolkien Society and now prepares to celebrate 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, culminating on September 22nd, a date internationally recognized as Hobbit Day.
The adventure 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.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis and will hit theaters on December 14, 2012.