‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Trailer Is Here!

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 19th, 2012 at 11:46 am,

A few days ago Peter Jackson announced that, in celebration of Tolkien week, a second, full-length trailer would be released for the first installment in his Hobbit trilogy, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. For many a fan, this is the first new footage they’ve been treated to since the teaser premiered some nine months ago; others will recognize that a healthy chunk of the new trailer features excerpts from the 12 minutes of material previewed at the Hobbit Comic-Con panel.

An Unexpected Journey continues to look like a visually-magnificent treatment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s source novel, as you would expect from the filmmakers behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Middle-earth is as gorgeous a fantasy realm as ever, thanks to Jackson’s expertise at capturing the New Zealand landscapes in all their majesty – not to mention, improvements in CGI over the past nine years since Return of the King was released in theaters.

Moreover, this trailer offers a taste of the lighter tone Jackson and his collaborators are aiming for with the first Hobbit installment, when compared to the weightiness of the second and third Rings movies. Not only are the stakes lower, but the colorful Dwarves lend themselves to comedic antics. So far, the humor in An Unexpected Journey is broader than anything since the Shire opening to Fellowship of the Ring, but the jokes don’t seem too forceful – nor do they appear to diminish the dramatic atmosphere of the film’s action-packed portions (again, so far).

Here is the official synopsis for An Unexpected Journey, followed by a collection of screenshots from the latest trailer:

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), 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 (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). 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 (Andy Serkis).

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.



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.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers, MovieWeb

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  1. did any one else notice the harry potter trailer music towards the end? lol

    • No but the music at the start sounded alot like Inceptions.

    • totally! kind of annoying how they use the same music for almost every movie nowadays

  2. I don’t really know why some people are saying this movie will not live up to the hype or w.e. I think it looks sooo good! And i don’t know why people are saying this trailer sucks. SO what if the trailer doesn’t reveal “everything”. Thats why you gotta go see it! I also think that some people are judging tit way too hard and cruel. I actually liked this trailer better than the 1st. Now i do have to say, once the release date gets closer, I hope the marketing campaign doesn’t get too carried away with showing too much footage. But overall this looks like another masterpiece. December 14th is deff marked on my calendar.

    • you said judging tit lol

      • hahaha yea i know lol i ment “it” not tit

  3. Why do you guys love using that movie player?? It’s the worst movie player ever made… Anyway, the movie looks interesting, definitely will be catching it when it comes out.

    • Ohh i Don’t, I used the iTunes one. :]

  4. Sad that they didn’t make this available in 48fps. :(

  5. The casting in this film is incredible but I fell out of love with Jackson’s film making during Return Of The King, which people seem to treat as the pinnacle of the trilogy, when it was in fact the opposite.

    It’s shockingly directed in places, the editing is atrocious, the acting in several parts is very ropey, the battles lose the organic feel of Two Towers and come of as a poor video game in ROTK. There are still some wonderful moments and it is always epic, but it was the story they changed the most from the books, and it suffers for it.

    I wanted Del Toro to direct these films. He would have made it look unique and in keeping with what we’ve seen before. All I’m seeing here is a carbon copy of everything we’ve already seen in LOTR. Not saying it won’t be good or even spectacular but I haven’t seen anything amazing so far. And the CGI looks very off in this trailer.

    • Disagree with you, in that I thought the only real “issue” with The Return of the King was that it had multipe endings, one after the other. It should have ended after everyone bowed down to the hobbits and showed them respect, and everything thereafter could have been included in the extended DVD release. Otherwise, I thought it was an epic and magnificent film, along with the first two films of the trilogy. Very deserving of all the awards it got, and I have no doubt no one will attempt to remake it for decades, if at all. It is truly a master work in cinema. As far as del Toro directing The Hobbit…I am so glad he walked away from it. I consider him to be a very overrated director, primarily among comic book fans. To date, he has made a couple mediocre movies that I was entertained watching (Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth), but I would neither own them nor watch them repeatedly. Lately, in fact, he seems to be a “jack of all trades, master of none”.

    • It all looks pretty good to me. I remember thinking the effects looked really cheesy in the first Iron Man trailers, but in the end they played just fine in the finished product.
      I don’t share your grievances about the final LotR movie, although it did have its shortcomings (what movie doesn’t?), but aside from that I honestly can’t see what makes you say it’s the same thing as the previous trilogy from just a couple trailers. All I’ve seen so far looks pretty different from that, both in tone and in style.

    • I agree to an extent. Never been able to finish Return of the King…I’ve fallen asleep at different parts every time I’ve tried to watch it. Love the first two (the extended no 2 is my fav)…hate the third. But I like the animated originals better than the live actions anyways…

      • Elijah woods was really bad in return of the king and honestly was never better than ok. nobody in the trilogy has ever been nominated for an Oscar and its clear to see why. my biggest lotr gripe is the movies are 3 hours long and are filled with so much necessary junk. the main plot is Frodo and Sam take the ring to moridor but instead I get 2 and a half hours of Aragorn and the crew doing random s***, and a useless borimir/faramir side plot along with many others. its not great story telling when 80% of the story is unnecessary . I watch for the gorgeous landscape and smeagal

        • *so much unnecessary junk

  6. ‘Ere you in the darkness…who goes there I say?. Who goes there?’. No…not a line from The Hobbit’s ‘Riddles in the dark’ scene but a line from a school production of Sean O’Casey’s masterful play ‘Juno and the Paycock’, in which I played an inebriated sea merchant with a penchant for young cabin boys. But the parralells of my life and that of Bilbo’s do not stop there!. For back then, as I emoted my courageous little heart out, I to was small, beardless and longed for the comforts of home. Just where indeed was that home I hear you ask?. No not Bag End but Tickford End (just outside of Newport Pagnal). How curious that life should bend itself so to imitate art. I humbly bow to you again Sir Tolkien.

  7. I must agree that the 1st trailer was much better than this one but either way I am still pumped to go see it. Although the trailer doesn’t reveal a lot(which is what they wanted to do anyways, short glimpses but nothing too revealing) and the CGI looks a little raw this isn’t also the finished product. Yes, the CGI will look different compared to the 1st trilogy but I have no doubts that this trilogy will be simply epic as well. I will be there to see it opening night

  8. The events I’ve seen in HFR and 3D make 3D not just tolerable but enjoyable. About this particular film? I’m incredibly psyched to see a whole film in HFR 3D. My head didn’t hurt once and it was much more difficult to see the cuts (where the left eye changes before the right).

    I’m also hopeful for the BluRay to be in HFR 3D.


  9. At first I doubted wether making it 3 movies would be great, but now I’m starting to hope again! I think I can still believe in PJ.
    This New Trailer has gotten me excited!!! :) woop woop!

  10. “From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
    The crownless again shall be king”

    • “There once was a man with a beard,
      Who said I demand to be feared,
      Address me as god and love me you sod;
      And man did just that which is weird”

  11. “There was an old lady called Perkins,
    Who was extremely fond of small gherkins;
    One day at tea, she ate forty three:
    And pickled her internal workings”

  12. Judging solely by this trailer, which is in no way an accurate depiction of how the movie will turn out, Martin Freeman is akward and awful in each of his scenes.


    • I couldn’t think of anyone else to play the role. I haven’t seen it – but he just seems perfect. Even before it as announced he was starring I thought of him… I wonder if he’ll hide Gandalf’s staff in some jello? lol