‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Clip Features Singing Dwarves

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The time that fans of The Lord of the Rings trilogy have waited for is almost here. After several years in development hell, dealing with legal disputes and directorial change-ups, director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit is at last opening in theaters this week (well, the first installment of it, at least).

Early reviews have been decidedly mixed on the film, and part of that may stem from the fact that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is far lighter in tone than The Lord of the Rings. Given that its source material is a far cry from the apocalyptic Rings storyline, we’ve long suspected that – while The Hobbit is sure to feature its share of heavy moments – the film would serve as a brighter introduction to a Middle-earth, where the fate of the One Ring has yet to become an issue.

An exclusive new clip from TheOneRing.net features one of those more somber moments, as Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves come together in song for “Over the Misty Mountains Cold”. Fans may recall that this very song – which laments the loss of a golden treasure the dwarves are seeking – was featured in the very first teaser trailer for the film, and just as it anchored the fairy tale aesthetic of that initial footage, the scene lends the same mythic quality to this moment early in the film.

The Hobbit Dwarves Poster Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Clip Features Singing Dwarves

To that end, the studio was wise to select this clip as an early peek at An Unexpected Journey. In addition to featuring several key characters and setting up the journey of the film’s title, it takes place in Bilbo’s home of Bag End, which plays a key role in the beginning of the Rings trilogy as well. It’s one thing to promise a return trip to Middle-earth, but this clip actually accomplishes the task of letting fans stick their heads’ in the door for a brief moment, leaving them wanting more.

For those who want to sing along with a friend, you can find the lyrics below:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters (finally!) on December 14, 2012. Meanwhile, its sequels – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again – will be released on December 13, 2013 and July 18, 2014, respectively.

Source: TheOneRing.net

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  1. intense

  2. Nice Celtic touch to the music. Even reminds me a little of the opening piano to Bad Company’s “Bad Company.”

    • Yes it did me also! (I googled to find anyone else who thought so and found you :-)).

      Reply to this if you read it, please.

  3. That’s one helluva evocative and atmospheric clip, that being said, reviews have been largely mixed because the film IS JUST TOO DAMN LONG, and is overly bloated with stuff that mostly doesn’t need to be in it. Rather than three padded-out films, it would have been better had they stuck faithfully and almost entirely to the novel, with just a little of the appendices material included to smooth out the overall narrative, instead of throwing the kitchen sink in to three films when just the odd cup or plate included over two films would have more than done the trick… Peter Jackson just doesn’t know when to cut extraneous or unnecessary material to keep the overall pace of the film on track, something we know only too well following both the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the ‘King Kong’ extended editions!

    • I’d rather have a great movie that is long and thorough, than a movie that is short and lackluster.

      • So a 624-page book like ‘The Return of the King’ can be adapted successfully into a three-and-a-half hour film but a 310-page book like ‘The Hobbit’ needs three films and roughly nine hours of screen time to adapt it’s story properly onscreen…REALLY?

        For pity’s sake’s, a virtually unfilmable 540-page book like ‘Cloud Atlas’ was successfully adapted onscreen into a 172-minute film, and ‘The Hobbit’ is neither nearly as long or even remotely as complex or as unfilmable as that weighty tome… ’nuff said.

        • Keep in mind that there also was extra Hobbit material that J.R.R. Tolkien never published, which is one of the reasons that Peter Jackson & Co. wanted to make it into a trilogy.

        • Ah, Rorshach, no one is forcing you to go. As for the true fans of Middle Earth, we are aware that this will be our last journey there on film, so most of us are looking forward to all the time we can get there.

          Oh, and perhaps Cloud Atlas would have been made into a trilogy, if enough people had been interested in it…

          • I won tickets to check out the advance screening of the movie last night and it was great. The movie is long though. I think maybe 20-30 minutes of the beginning could have been cut down but overall once you get past the beginning portion of the movie it is awesome. The movie does follow the same paths of that of the LOTR trilogies so to people who were expecting something different will be disappointed. Freeman is tremendous as Bilbo. I had some reserves about the dwarves before the movie but after last night I have grown to love the characters as they were shown. On to the HFR. The good is that the scenery is just epic especially in 3D. Everything shown was very smooth and lifelike. The part where Bilbo, dwarves, and Gandalf are at his place is awesome because you feel like you are actually there. The fight scenes are smooth and the blur factor is very slim. The 3D is done rather well with the exception of some things could have been done better but overall I would say it’s the best 3D experience I have had since Avatar/Tron 2. The bad thing is that if you are not used to this HFR(TV’s at 240hz,480hz) then you will most likely feel like you are at a play. It does take about a couple of minutes to get used to the HFR in 3D. The clarity is very high and you will be able to see things like some of the props done inside a studio rather than the outdoor side of NZ. Some of the fight scenes still has the same “blur” factor that would be in 24fps.
            For people who are skeptical of the HFR I would recommend watching the 24fps 3D first. Watching the movie at regular will give people the movie experience that is normally done and then check out the HFR in 3D. There are still some flaws that needs to be worked out for HFR but overall I enjoyed the experience. One person last night said it best, “This was like watching standard television for soo long and then being introduced to HDTV. I expected some kinks to be here and there but the clarity of the movie was just amazing”.

            • sounds like a legit analysis to me! I’m pumped for friday, I’ve never not been incredibly excited to see this movie.. my tickets are for HFR so I’m excited to see what thats like too 😀

        • Then don’t watch it!!

        • Oh stop whing. The Hobbit was amazing. I liked it way better then the other Lord of the Rings movies. The Hobbit had a lot more personality and heart in my opinion

      • There are plenty of movies that are around two hours that have left audiences feeling like they’ve covered many miles and years (in a good way).

    • the extended editions are the only i watch lotr

      • But seriously it has 16 minute credits and a half hour cgi opening… thats bloated

    • I would rather they’d made one zippy, pithy movie that gave us a good “meal” and maybe wanting a little more. There really isn’t anything from the appendices or supplementary material that the audiences NEED to know (Newsflash. Sauron Bad. Ring Evil. Read all about it!). I can’t stand all the “on the nose” foreshadowing I’ve already seen in the previews. Worse, all the dialogue is delivered with deliberate emphasis by what looks like pretty hammy acting. And do we need ominous music and slow motion for the ring at this point? In the Hobbit, all the character and the readers just thought the ring was a cool magic thing that made you invisible. Tolkien didn’t sound the trumpets at all.

      I’ll probably see it twice though. I’m going to give it a chance at 24 fps and non 3-D, then I want to see the 48 fps and 3-D even though I’ve heard it’s not good (expect that to change by the time the next movies come out).

      Peter Jackson has no limitations. I’m sure the studios really put up a fight as he planned more and more movies.

      • Agreed point for point there, Nostelg-O dude, well apart from going to see it that is, I’ve been put off by the reviews quite frankly, I just don’t want to go see a 169-minute movie where the story has barely begun…

        Tolkien may have expanded the world contemporaneous with the ‘Hobbit’ storyline, but he never intended for the appendices to be re-incorporated into it, he even stopped a redrafting of the novel after revising the first three chapters, preferring to leave it as was. The same should have been done with the movies; shoot the novel, and where necessary, add some appendices material to smooth over the overall narrative, resulting in, at most, one 140-minute movie (‘An Unexpected Journey’) and one 170-minute movie (‘There and Back Again’)… all the other stuff may be interesting but is both totally superfluous and takes away from the central story focus, namely Bilbo and the dwarves’ quest.

        • I personally find it ironic that had Peter Jackson been able to make ‘The Hobbit’ into a film back when he was considering it in 1996, there’s simply and absolutely no way they would have even considered stretching it out to three films, it would have been a single three-hour film that compressed and streamlined the book where necessary… and you know what, it would have been utterly wonderful, I would have LOVED to see that film!

          • There’s a lot of extra material installed in the movie from the Hobbit book along with some appendixes entries and some additional material most likely from Jackson himself. The movie is probably about 30 minutes tops too long but I get the whole process behind it. It felt like it was to reintroduce the trilogy to new comers(which there was). I expect the next one to move more smoothly. I still put this movie at the top of the movies watched in 2013.


  5. ATTENTION INTERNET NERDS. Quit hating , i find that’s what most of you tend to do on here. Most of you are going to be at the midnight premire anyway. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

    • I concur

    • Poor PJ. All he’s got to console himself is his Smaug-sized mounds of money.

      • I read this in a Doc Holiday Val Kilmer tone and it was good.

  6. Please Rise for the singing of the Dwarves Of Erebor National Anthem. Seriously this song is talking about the attack of Smaug on Erebor(Lonely Mountain) and the nearby town of Dale. Smaug destroyed the cities and took the gold, and now the Dwarves are out to reclaim the gold from him(Smaug).

  7. The movie was awesome, it was a bit slow at the beginning them it started to pick up, i saw the movie in 2D so i can’t comment on the HFR. Can’t ait to see the other to.(P.S the tone of the movie is lighter so dont expect it be like LOTR)

    • I was lighter but in a good way I thought. The humor was pretty well played as well. Also Freeman surprised me. He was just awesome as Bilbo

  8. Mixed reviews…. I’m still intrigued.. will be going this weekend i hope… thanks everyone for your input