After having its world premiere in New Zealand last night, we can expect reviews of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to begin arriving sometime next week. While the rest of us have to wait a few more weeks to see it though, the first clip has now arrived on-line to tease us some more.
The clip features Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) giving Bilbo (Martin Freeman) a sword, but it’s not just any sword. This sword glows blue when Goblins and Orcs are nearby, and is the same sword handed down to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, and the sword goes by the name of Sting. Obviously Bilbo is less than pleased at being given such a weapon, but in true Peter Jackson form, Gandalf calmly gives reason to Bilbo for taking, and the scene shows off that Jackson will be continuing the exact same quality that made The Lord of the Rings so damned good.
Not only that, but a large collection of images have also been released. We get new looks at Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel, The Goblin King, Christopher Lee’s Saruman as well as more images of Bilbo, Gollum, Gandalf, some Dwarves and some rather mean looking Trolls. Check it all out at the bottom of this post.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will open on December 14th, 2012.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will open December 13th, 2013.
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open July 18th, 2014.
Directed by Peter Jackson, The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Elijah Wood, Christopher Lee, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom,Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Evangeline Lilly,Ian Holm, Billy Connolly and James Nesbitt.
“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, which was long ago conquered by the 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 Oakensheild. 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.
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