10 New Images from ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’

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It’s hard to believe that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is only six months away from being released in theaters – especially considering the long and sordid history of getting it there in the first place (we all remember the rights debacle, Guillermo del Toro backing out as director, and of course, MGM’s bankruptcy).

Now, a whole slew of new images from the film have arrived on the Internet, alongside quotes from the major players of the cast, including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, and Andy Serkis as Gollum, slimy as ever.

Check out the movie stills out below  – courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

Martin Freeman said of his portrayal of the original Baggins:

”I don’t think I’m particularly hobbit-y. I do like comfort and I’m quite private, so in those ways, maybe I am.”

He might not consider himself to be particularly hobbit-y, but many a fan was pretty ecstatic when he was finally cast in the role, thanks to his (generally) hobbit-y appearance and dry sense of humor.

Ian McKellen said of his role as Gandalf:

”Gandalf is still the same guy [he was in the Lord of the Rings trilogy]. He’s still got the same sense of humor and sense of urgency and concern – all those things that make him interesting.”

Of course, considering this is a prequel, he’s more like the Gandalf he was at the start of the trilogy – Gandalf the Grey – than he was at the end, when he returned from the other side as Gandalf the White: a slightly colder, more practical version of his warmer, greyer self.

On how easy it was to slip back into the role of Gollum, Andy Serkis said:

”He’s never really been that far away from me. He’s always been kind of lurking under my skin.”

Hm, just a little bit creepy. Should we be worried?

And lastly, Peter Jackson said of all the LOTR characters appearing in the movie version of The Hobbit when they didn’t appear in the book:

“It will all make sense.”

Well, maybe it will make sense, but that doesn’t mean it was particularly necessary. As enjoyable as the trailer was, the one thing that bothered me about it was its emphasis on Lord of the Rings characters like Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel and Gollum (who has a fairly insignificant part in the book). Did we really need a trailer that said, “Hey, remember that trilogy we made last decade? Well, we’re making a prequel and all your favorite characters are gonna be there, so check it out“?

The book was so different from the trilogy it predated that it might’ve behooved the cinematic adaptation to be a bit more different, too. But then again, maybe it will be.

All that said, the stills look gorgeous and picturesque, and all the characters therein seem to be fantastically depicted – at least aesthetically.

Look for more Hobbit news at Comic-Con 2012, and check out our complete photo gallery for The Hobbit (over 100 images!).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012.

Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Source: Entertainment Weekly



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  1. “As enjoyable as the trailer was, the one thing that bothered me about it was its forced inclusion of the Lord of the Rings characters – like Orlando Boom’s Legolas and Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel.”

    Did I read this wrong or was Orlando Bloom in the trailer and I missed it?

    His character I see as being much easier to include with a cameo or small role due to the dwarves passing through Mirkwood and Legolas being the son of the Elven lord. Cate Blanchett’s character on the other hand, no idea how she can logically be included without just making crap up…

    • I don’t think you missed it, because I watched the trailer countless times and I never saw Bloom.

      I agree with you though. Legolas’ inclusion in the movie isn’t that big a deal and actually makes sense. Galadriel on the other hand… well, let’s just wait an see 😉 I’m sure they’ll come up with something logical.

      • Man, I guess I totally imagined Bloom – I’ve edited the article to reflect that.

    • There’s nifty little thing called the White Council in The Hobbit, I recommend you read about their battle at Dol Gildur, and while you’re at it you might find that Galadriel is in the White Council.

      Logic dictates that if a character is in the source material, then it’s reasonable and “logical” for them to be there.

      Don’t make ignorant blanket statements without checking with the book, dude.

      • and I posted that very same response (in less condescending manner) 4 hours ago in the very next post below. So don’t make it sound as if you deserve some special credit 😉

      • Easy there tiger…I said I didn’t know and I was wondering where she can be integrated. I know of the white council, I guess I just always thought the council that went after the warlock was council of all of the wizards. (Saruman, Gandalk, Radagast, etc.)

        You don’t need to be a flipping out on people. I was initially disappointed with some of the changes in the Lord of the Rings, but once hearing PJ’s reasoning in the Extended Edition extras, I was almost universally happy for the changes.

        • The white council included Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, Elrond, Galadriel, and Cirdan. If I remember correctly one of the Dunedain was also involved. I really hope their attack on the necromancer is part of the duology.

  2. “the one thing that bothered me about it was its forced inclusion of the Lord of the Rings characters – like Orlando Boom’s Legolas and Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel.”

    Well we know Legolas IS a Mirkwood Elf and the group will be passing right through their territory (and be caught). Of course we have also heard Legolas’ role is supposedly larger than that of say Frodo’s. I will have to knee-cap a few people if Jackson has him help liberate the Dwarves and then accompany them to the Lonely Mountain. ><

    Lady Galadriel is much easier to explain however because she is a presiding member of the White Council and we WILL see the second convening of this council in the movie so they can send Gandalf off to investigate Dol Guldur. (which we also know WILL happen because Cumberbbatch is playing the voice of The Necromancer (aka Sauron))

    And who the heck is that "human" in the first picture?

    • Completely forgot that she was part of the White Counsel! 😮
      Guess it’s time read the books and watch the movies again to refresh the ‘ol memory… drat! 😉

      • As far as I recall, you won’t find the White Council in the Hobbit (or in LotR) It pretty much exists as background material and secondary stories like The Quest of Erebor (which is specifically the story Jackson is meshing with The Hobbit) from the Unfinished Tales.

        • Given that Gandalf disappears from the dwarve’s quest several times to attend to the business of the white council & dol guldur, it’s entirely possible that Jackson will show those events rather than have a scene where Gandalf tells everyone about it. He’ll probably tell the story like in the book, and the film will cut away to show the events.

  3. Absolutely love LOTR, but this looks way too different in tone for me. Looks like it might end up being one of those sequels/prequels that kind of feels like best left as fan faction/imagination. I know the irony of that statement, but everything from the look of the dwarves to the 48 fps just looks way too different from the originals for me to love it the same way. Definitely looks pretty aimed at kids. Look at that slapsticky dwarf picture in the barrels. Gimli would’ve been caught dead behaving like that! Plus Jackson really has dropped the ball on his movies since LOTR. Unfortunately tends to happen when you lose all restraint after such success (Spielberg/Lucas w/SW and Indy).

    • “Slapsticky”? Yes, elements of The Hobbit are lighter in tone, but a read of the book, as well as a review of the trailer, reveal that it also has a dark edge to it…far from “slapsticky”. Now, as the events in The Hobbit predate those in The Lord of the Rings, and it is not the same story, if will obviously not be nearly as ominous.

    • You do realize The Fellowship of the Ring had constant hobbit slapstick? And honestly, don’t compare The Hobbit to the prequel trilogy of Star Wars. Peter Jackson doesn’t have his head up his ass like George Lucas did, and he’s actually following the book’s story line (with new character inclusions——big deal). Honestly, fanboys will never be satisfied.

      • Good point about the hobbit slapstick. But they are hobbits, whereas dwarves were always presented as more stoic and angry, so I keep getting shocked at how different The Hobbit dwarves are seeming. I’m not saying it’s going to be bad and am still excited, I think I explained my worries wrong. I just meant that there are things that’ve been shown so far that look inconsistent with the LOTR movies, namely the look of the dwarves and especially the 48 fps. And since Jackson lately has kind of been directing without the restraint that he had to have in his earlier days I’m worried it’s going to have that self-indulgent style that King Kong had. This is basically what happened with Lucas where he cared less about maintaining consistency and more about testing out new technology which changed the whole feel of the later ones. Check out some of the reviews on the footage (not trailers) that was shown to see what I mean. I hope I’m wrong!

    • Have you read The Hobbit? If so you’ll understand why the Dwarves are in the Barrels. The overall tone of the Hobbit isn’t as bleak as the “End of Days” vibe of the LOTR trilogy, there is a lot of drunken Dwarves goofiness in it cause that is the characters (some more than others). The difference between the two stories tone sticks out in the reading of the books, I can imagine the films will carry that same vibe as well.

      As for the inclusion of LOTR characters who aren’t in the Hobbit story, if it is done tastefully and not just a blatant “HEY here is THIS guy”, then I’m ok with it, with this story Jackson has earned himself a little creative license

  4. Clap! Snap! the black crack!
    Grip, grab! Pinch, nab!
    And down down to Goblin-town
    You go, my lad!

    Good luck goblins trying to pull this movie into the underworld.

    Without a doubt this will be the movie of 2012.

  5. Every time I watch the trailer I get chills (not even the Avengers’ trailer could do that).
    Needless to say, I can’t wait!

    (Awesome images as well)

  6. Man, I can’t wait to see Gandalf the Grey on the big screen again. I love Ian’s take on Gandalf. Can’t believe that it is actually coming out after all this years of news updates and problems that the production had. I know a lot of people really wanted Guillermo to direct them but I’m so glad that they are back on Peter Jackson’s hands. Very lucky time for us geeks this year.

  7. This is the movie I have been looking forward to for years now. Can’t wait, and glad there is a second part coming in 2013!

  8. Still laugh to this day when I think about Denethor yelling “Flee, flee for your lives” and Gandalf wacks him over the back of the head with his staff. Gandalf is the man er…wizard 😀

  9. To be quite honest, I agree that the Hobbit movies so far have left me with a sense of misgiving… just a little bit, BUT on the other hand, I’m completely thrilled to see them do these movies if only because Sir Ian McKellan will get to reprise what will probably be his most famous role for a couple more movies. That alone will be worth my money seeing these movies at the theater. And that’s not even counting Andy Serkis as Gollum.

    • “I agree that the Hobbit movies so far have left me with a sense of misgiving…”
      Huh? There haven’t been any other Hobbit movies that I recall… (except of course the one coming out later this year and next year)

  10. Do we really need to see Ian Holm and Elijah Wood again? I don’t mind the appearance of characters like Galadriel and Saruman, because they were on the White Council. And if PJ knows what’s good for him, he’ll give Christopher Lee waaayyyy more screen time to make up for cutting him out of the theatrical version of ROTK.
    Otherwise, I am really excited for this movie. I can’t wait to see how they depict Beorn, who is my favorite character in the book!

  11. I have no issues with the inclusion of supplementary stuff into ‘The Hobbit’. The radical difference in tone between the the books needs to be evened out so that all of the 5 movies will dovetail and seem like part of the same world. Since ‘The Hobbit’ book was so obviously aimed at children, while LOTR was not, some darker elements need to be added and some jarring characterizations changed.

    I know plenty of people who enjoyed the LOTR movies but have never read any of the books and never will. As a person who knows all of Tolkien’s stuff inside and out, even I don’t want to see a cinematic recreation of the elves of Rivendell singing “tril-lil-lil-lil-lolly, the valley is jolly” or the drunken elves of Mirkwood and it would be even more dismaying for people who never read the book.
    The wildly-varied appearances of the dwarves surprised me a little since Tolkien describes them as looking very similar, but I understand that wouldn’t make good cinema since the audience needs to be able to tell them apart. I also have no problem with Legolas getting an expanded role in the movie. After all, Arwen was given massive amounts of screen time in LOTR that didn’t exist in the actual books.
    Jackson took some liberties with LOTR but still remained true to the spirit of the books and I think the same will be true for ‘The Hobbit’. I can’t wait!

    • Good comment Byron, you hit the metaphorical nail on the head.

      A little off topic but I hope that Peter takes Smaug to the next level as far as movie dragons go. I can hardly wait to get a glimpse of him.
      SCR, your challenge if you choose to accept it is to find me some dragon artwork for this movie!

  12. Screenrant, have you come across any images on Smaug yet?
    Some prelim artwork would be great. Really looking forward to knowing which way Jackson is going to go with him.

  13. Thorin Oakenshield looks like a Klingon.

    • Well he doesn’t look nearly as Klingon as the first pictures BUT he most certainly doesn’t look like an old grizzled DWARF. Both He and Kili look like Humans with some minor prosthetics.

      • Yeah, it’s a strange move, frankly.

  14. The hobbit was the one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Me and my boyfriend were so excited when we saw Gandalf that he bent down and sucked on my tic-tac. Then, he kept poking my penny purse until it hurt.