‘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.


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  2. Looks utterly amazing..

    • I can’t wait! My most anticipated film for years now.

  3. Can’t wait to see Gollum on the big screen again. It’s gonna be great.

  4. Gollum looks unbelievable, but the rest of the trailer is total crap compared to the previous trailer.

    Still want to see the movie, anyway.

    • in what way? If you have read the Hobbit you should know it is written entirely different than LOTR

  5. Cannot wait. Looks amazing all round.

  6. nice. looks good. I really need to be checking out the LotR trilogy again before this comes out!

    • Yes, please do it! The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is freaking amazing, and you’ll obsess about it by the ending!

      • I didn’t obsess about it….

      • Ive seen them before, but its been a couple years, and i would like to buy the extended editions before i check them out again.

        • the extended editions turn what were at first wonderful films into absolute masterpieces.

          I don’t understand why the extended editions were not simply the wide release. It’s like looking at only a part of the Mona Lisa… the part without her enigmatic smile.

          • i own all 3 in extended editions and they are all fantastic one of the all time best American film trilogies

            • “American film trilogies”


  7. Overall the trailer looks nice, but my problem lies with Gollum. It’s not that he doesn’t look real enough(the animation is actually unbelievably good), it’s his eyes. For someone who’s lived underground for so long,they shouldn’t be that bright, at least I wouldn’t think they would. But other than that there’s nothing I can find to criticize. I can’t wait to go see the movie.

    • I imagine the eyes would get bigger and brighter living in the dark because of the need to take in as much light as possible.

    • i was just thinking the same thing.. gollum actually looks healthy for his standards. i would think he would look more hideous thinking he was consumed by the ring for a very long time.. im just nitpicking i suppose. but other than that, I say this movie looks freaking awesome

      • I suppose its to show he’s “younger” in this one, to create a visual difference between this time and when we see him later in the first trilogy. Though by golem’s standards I domt think 50 years or whatever would have changed him all that much.

        I do rememebr the flashback scenes in the 3rd film showing his transformation.. In a few of those (before the compete trans to cgi), he looked downright hiddeous.

        • thats the hideous Gollum i wanted to see.. the ROTK flashback gollum

      • Gollum didn’t really start deteriorating until after he lost the ring. The ring was what was keeping him “healthy”. Like in the LOTR trilogy; when Bilbo gives Frodo the Ring, the next time you see him he is much older. He’s aged faster without the ring. And the eyes issue; his eyes should be bigger, like awiz68 said.

  8. Gotta say, I liked the first trailer a lot more, but this was still amazing.
    Can’t wait to see the movie!

    • Thorin’s song in the first trailer was just so epic. Hearing that in the theater was amazing.

      • Exactly.

  9. Hmmmm generally not as impressed as i thought i would be. Gollum seems to be far more CGI’ish than i remember. Everything else seems to be a carbon copy of Fellowship Of The Ring, no real difference in style just a slightly more comical tone. The ring at the end just annoyed hell out of me, no need for that, it’s such a small player in The Hobbit. Not the jaw dropping impression i got from Fellowship trailer, just more of the same really. Really not down on the creature effects, they just look too “fake”, movies hhave come a long way since LOTR, this trailer does not really reflect that. Yeah you all hate me now :)

    • The last LOTR came out in 2003. A lot of CGI movies came out since then. You just gotten more used to CGI. Back the gollum looked the same. Also I am glad it is made in the same style as LOTR. It is from the same universe. It would seem strange if it was in a different style. With that said, don’t say the ring is a small player in the Hobbit. It has a significant part to play. First of al, it tells how the ring got in the hands of the hobbits. Which is of great importance to the LOTR series. Second it is how bilbo escaped the tunnels of the misty mountains. And it is how he could do his duties as burglar in the lonely island. And have the conversation with Smaug, etc, etc. I could go on and on. Personally I could not stop smiling when I saw this trailer. It looks amazing. I can’t wait!!

      • Yes a lot of CGI movies came out since then and things have improved greatly, yet the effects i’m seeing in the trailer are not as great as what i expect from Weta. Backgrounds are great as usual but the creatures have a fake Narnia look to them.

        I know the ring has a part to play, but adding the ring flying into the title is selling it as “another ring movie” which is not really the case with The Hobbit.

        As for the style it’s playing it very safe so much that it looks the same as LOTR in the way things are framed etc. It’s not terrible, just been there, seen that. I’m sure Del Toro would have shook things up more. PJ is just playing safe in this case.

        • I personally thinks this looks awesome and definitely more compelling than the book, but you’re obviously entitled to your opinion :)

      • No, while these shots might not be 100% rendered, Gollum looks a hell of a lot more overtly computer-generated here than in Lord of the Rings (in fact I was watching Return of the King tonight), I’m not a fan of the redesign, he shouldn’t have changed much in the intervening years, but not only that the LOTR Gollum looks ridiculously like a living, breathing creature & is covered in layers of texture, grit, moisture, etc. The shots here make him look like a video game character.

    • not really.. cause i know you will watch it regardless :)

      • We all Will see it. even I am and I don’t enjoy lotr cause to me they are heavy winded and 40% of the subplots have nothing to do with the main plot. but visually they are gorgeous

  10. Let me preface this with, I’m at work so I watched without any sound.

    This doesn’t get me excited for this film at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll see it because I was a fan of the first three, but I think my expectations are going down a bit because it appears to be a lengthy slow film.

  11. the first trailer was better solely because the music in the first was a rousing score, though I must say the visuals look amazing. I am concerned about the tone – I don’t want it to be too lighthearted

    • that’s how the hobbit is written

  12. i agree the trailer doesn’t do much…but I’m gonna say it’s because you can’t sell us something we’re sold on lol People love LOTR and we just wanna see it. On the Gollum thing – I think they look too light overall. The eyes on the animated Gollum in 1 & 3 are perfect (even though this gollum looks like the one from part 2) but so is the lighting in the cave sequence. This looks way too bright. I was amazed by how non creepy he looked. I thought he would have been the sinister element in the trailer but he was played like “look an old friend!”… His “we eats it whole” line was more comical than dark…

    • “His “we eats it whole” line was more comical than dark”

      Of course it is! That’s how it was in the book

      • Eh, it’s a matter of opinion really. I was pretty creeped out by Gollum in The Hobbit.

        • I meant in regards to the trailer…without showing Smog there was no “danger” or “evil” element…I thought Gollum would add that but he didn’t. That’s not to say I thought it was crap lol

  13. Looks like the others. that is all I got to say

  14. Looks awesome! Can’t wait for December to roll around.

  15. I cant wait for this :)

    • This will be amazing!!!!

  16. I think its a bit unfair for people to compare this trailer to the first one, the first trailer was supposed to introduce you to the concept of the hobbit, it was meant to take your breath away which it did flawlessly with the dwarves singing and putting a darker tone to it. This trailer is meant to show off content, giving us an idea of what we have to expect, not as breathtaking as the last one, but it wasn’t supposed to be.

  17. http://youtu.be/wQlqJW4hW5c

    Trailer here for a different version with more Gollum!

  18. So here we have it then, just a brief glimpse into what should surpass ‘The Avengers’ as the cinematic event of 2012.

    It looks tremendous and I’m sure were’ in for an even greater more intense looking parts 2 and 3 when they’re released. I would hope to see the actual creation of the Ring itself.

    Comments on ‘it looks like the first one’ Considering the greatness of Fellowship , why is that a bad thing?

  19. Some of the scenes I didn’t recognize from the book. I might have to go check out TORN’s obligatory trailer breakdown to figure how the scenes match up to the book. The Radagast scene is obviously part of the extra stuff they put in, as well as Galadriel. That’s obviously part of the White Council stuff. We see what Gandalf is doing during his long absences from the Hobbit storyline. Of course, the trailer gives no clue, nor should it, as to where it ends. But it looks obvious that Smaug will be held until the next one.

  20. I hope to see this in 48fps 3D at my local theater. They better not cheat me!

  21. Awesome Trailer. Was hoping to see BEORN, but i don’t guess he will be seen until Desolation of Smaug aka Part 2. (Spoilers) I guess all the rumors about Film 1 ending with Gandalf+Company being rescued in the Forest from the goblins/wargs by the Eagles are true. Was hoping they could have had it go all the way up to the company meeting BEORN, staying the night, and ending after BEORN leads them to edge of Mirkwood. Either way “Unexpected Journey” will be great. Can’t wait.

  22. cant wait to see this !
    I just hope that the “riddles in the dark” part will be as creepy as i remembered it in the book

  23. and here you can watch 5 different endings to the trailer


  24. Peter Jackson’s “LOTRs” style is SIIIIICK!!!! Man, I’m so pumped about this return to Middle Earth. December feels like an eternity away. 48fps/Imax3D will be my birthday gift to myself.

    • It’s going to be my Christmas present to my parents and a couple friends as well.

  25. The look of Thorin and Kili will never stop bugging me but everything else looks awesome.

    • :)

      • It is my “ring” to bear and I do so willingly. :)

  26. Where’s Benedict Cumberbatch???

    • He’s the dragon not s big part of this portion of the story.

      • He’s also playing the Necromancer (the form that Sauron is in during this time, & the reason the forest of Mirkwood is so dangerous), we don’t know where he’ll be slotted in, but probably most of his screen time won’t be in this one.

        • Actaully he’s only did the motion capture for the Necromancer, he’s not playing the character.

  27. Ah…The Hobbit! at it’s very mention a myriad of party sausage sized memories come flooding back to me. I was but a child then, beleaguered, living in exile with my uncle Raymond in Tickford End (very close to what is now Newport Pagnal services) while the courts busied themselves with my father’s licentious indiscretions. One morning as l lay prostrate on floor of my uncles study wearily wiping the beads of sweat from my brow (Raymond had served in the RAF and 50 star jumps before my egg quickly became a routine) my Uncle handed me a book from a different world, a world inhabited by Trolls, goblins and shortlings. Thank you Raymond and thank you J R R R Tolkien. The child within shall sing again come December.

    • Brilliant stuff, I was worried at first they would muck it up but as it looks exactly the same as the LOTR films, they got it right! Unreal…that doesnt happen these days!

      The Hobbit at crimbo time, The Man of Steel in the summer, thats at least 2 films Ill pay to see at a cinema. 2 more than usual!

  28. Anyone else notice the EAGLE flying behind Gandalf at the 2:12-2:14 mark.

  29. I really don’t see the ‘epic’ in the Hobbit trailers. The 2nd and 3rd LOTR movies were epic in every way but this really looks like a cash grab and a directors obsession with a storyline. Im not trying to bash the movie it just doesn’t look like a movie i would consider enjoyable. I might see it on a ‘tight ass Tuesday’ and only if it were to be shown in 48fps.