New Theatrical Poster for ‘The Hobbit’ Featuring Bilbo and Sting

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am,

Hobbit Movie Poster Released New Theatrical Poster for The Hobbit Featuring Bilbo and Sting

It might be hard for those unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s work to see how the tale of a single Hobbit could pave the way for a saga as large and sprawling as The Lord of the Rings. But The Hobbit has been deemed not just rich and entertaining enough to be expanded into an entire trilogy, but may just rival director Peter Jackson’s previous trilogy in both inspired design and visual effects.

The extended trailer for The Hobbit showed that the unimpressive size and presumed weaknesses of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) will face him with many of the obstacles that his nephew Frodo (mostly) overcame with the help of a few friends. But as the new poster implies, Bilbo is poised to become as heroic and iconic a figure as any that emerged from the Fellowship of the Ring.

The Hobbits may be the smallest of the main races depicted in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Middle-earth, but that hasn’t resulted in lesser accomplishments. A group of foolhardy Halflings already managed to unite the realms of Men, Dwarves and Elves against the overwhelming forces of evil, but none of that would have come to pass without Bilbo Baggins, and his ‘unexpected journey.’ The original novel may have preceded the War of the Ring, but the big screen adaptation doesn’t have the pleasure of such humble expectations.

Bilbo Baggins may not have Sauron to tangle with, but he will be facing off against spiders, trolls, goblins, and the legendary dragon Smaug. Even with a party of eccentric Dwarves at his side, that’s one tall order (pun absolutely intended). The trailer proved that the film will have more than a few laughs thrown in to keep the tone from becoming as dark as LotR. But if anyone thought that Bilbo Baggins’ quest would be all fun and games, the new theatrical poster isn’t kidding around.

Take a look:

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From the first glance, it’s clear that every effort is being made to emphasize the continuity between both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s hard to believe that some could be unaware of the connections, with the original films’ most recognizable stars set to return. Then again, enough years have passed since Gandalf and friends gracefully faded from pop culture to warrant a refresher. Framing Bilbo and his trusted blade Sting as directly continuing the tradition forged by Frodo and Aragorn is quite a statement, but we trust Bilbo to live up to the claim.

Epic Dwarf battles, another dose of Andy Serkis as Gollum, and even more wizards are all things to look forward to with The Hobbit, but Bilbo’s central role can’t be overlooked. He may be in over his head to being with, but Sting doesn’t earn its name by chance, and Bilbo’s encounter with Gollum isn’t one that either will soon forget. As Martin Freeman is most well-known for his more comedic roles, it’s not such a bad idea to show his embodiment of Bilbo as capable of doing some damage with that “letter opener” of his.

Lord of the Rings Frodo Aragorn Posters New Theatrical Poster for The Hobbit Featuring Bilbo and Sting

The trailer and images released so far show an extremely whimsical and magical version of Middle-earth, with Peter Jackson planning on adding some drama and darkness as the films proceed, leading the way into the LotR trilogy. From the poster, it seems that fans can expect the first film to show at least some of the strength and courage that Bilbo will need to find to survive.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14th, 2012; its sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, follows on December 13th, 2013; and the final installment, There and Back Again, release on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. On an unrelated note…back on topic…I am more and more excited with each tidbit of information released…
    :-)

    • Thank you… :)

      If you feel you need to edit my comment down to just my statement on the film, please, DO. I just wanted to get your attention for THAT guy with my initial words.

  2. Man, for a while I was like “Holy cow, when did Sting get cast for the Hobbit??”, and then I was like “Hey, Sting isn’t in this poster!”, and then I read further and found out that was just his sword’s name. How disappointing.

    • lol

    • LOL, I thought the same thing when I first read the title, haha. :-D

    • The absence of that Tantric yoga poser can only be a good thing!

  3. I had a dream this movie came out, and it was only like 45 minutes long and everyone was ticked off cuz they knew it would have been longer if Peter Jackson hadn’t made it a trilogy.

  4. Is it just me, or is his grip on Sting weird? The bottom hand, specifically.

    • Nah, it’s alright. It’s the typical blade-resting-on-the-shoulder pose that is often used for posters like that. It’s not supposed to be an attack stance or anything.

      • Not to mention, that’s a one-handed sword…

  5. I can’t wait for more elves on anti-depressants.

  6. So is this movie the hobbit/Silmarillion/lord of the rings? I was hoping for just The damned Hobbit!

  7. I have to say I am excited about the Hobbit coming to the big screen. I just hope that Jackson will show how powerful the swords are in this series of films. The last trilogy down played the blades,and for me that was a let down.

  8. The blade has been photoshopped in and the grip looks the way it does to reduce the amount of fiddly gaps they might have needed to fill in. Its nice to see old matte painting techniques still in use in todays modern CGI based production environment. I am really looking forward to seeing the film and cannot wait to see the finished result.

  9. MMMMMGAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY! Why do people like this tripe?

    • You mean a film based on a brilliant classic piece of literature and being made by a guy who’s already proven his appreciation for and skill in bringing to the big screen THE fantasy story upon which most (if not all) others are at least vaguely based…? You mean THAT “tripe”?

      What, is there not enough of a “Jersey Shore” vibe to it for your obviously sophisticated tastes?

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