Audiences are eagerly gearing up for a return trip to Middle-earth in next month's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as evidenced by the advance ticket sales for the first installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy (based on J.R.R. Tolkien's much-less massive tome about young Bilbo Baggins). Today we can offer a new international TV trailer for the first Hobbit flick - complete with previously-unseen footage and Japanese subtitles (not to mention, voiceover).
The trailer for An Unexpected Journey mixes impressive spectacle with humor, but the latest promo is designed to sell Jackson's film as foremost an exciting and visually-majestic epic adventure. Admittedly, none of the Hobbit films are going to be able to match the Rings trilogy in terms of stakes, but Jackson is painting on an equally-massive canvas with his second portrait of Tolkien's fantasy world (not to mention, he has even bigger production values at his disposal this time).
Meanwhile, the official soundtrack for An Unexpected Journey is now online for your listening pleasure. It incorporates musical themes from Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy - specifically, the easily-recognizable "Concerning Hobbits" - with several brand new leitmotifs from Howard Shore (the three-time Oscar-winning composer responsible for scoring the Rings films).
Much of the Unexpected Journey soundtrack is as momentous and exhilarating as you would expect; though, overall, it's not quite so foreboding and ominous as the Rings score, in keeping with plans for the first Hobbit flick to strike a lighter fairy tale tone. There are some definite (but not, per se, unwelcome) shades of Shore's previous work here, but also enough different and engaging material to keep things interesting - most notably, the unusual mix of instrumentation used in the theme for the wizardly Radagast the Brown.
Listen to the soundtrack for An Unexpected Journey in full here (via Empire):
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, releases on July 18th, 2014.