New images from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

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MARTIN FREEMAN as Bilbo Baggins in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

I’m pretty excited to return to another of my December traditions – watching a Middle Earth film with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a new trilogy from Peter Jackson coming to theaters on Dec. 14.

In what’s almost a completely unnecessary move considering the legions of Jackson/Lord of the Rings fans, there’s a bit of a countdown going for the worldwide theatrical trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”  So that calls for a new round of pictures and a release on Tolkien Week.

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) are joining the worldwide celebration of Tolkien Week with the debut of the highly anticipated theatrical trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on September 19, 2012. The first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is directed by Oscar® winner Peter Jackson, who previously brought to the screen the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. The week-long Tolkien Week celebration encompasses the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbitnovel and the worldwide celebration of Hobbit Day.

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CATE BLANCHETT as Galadriel and IAN McKELLEN as Gandalf in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, though Hobbit Day celebrations existed prior to its official recognition. Tolkien fans the world over celebrate by having parties and feasts emulating Hobbit celebrations as described in the books.

The new trailer is set to debut on broadcast and online media on September 19, 2012, then roll out in theaters around the world throughout the day.

The celebration will continue on Friday, September 21, with activities related to the 75th anniversary of the book’s publication, which occurred on that same day in 1937.

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Gollum voiced by ANDY SERKIS in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

On Saturday, September 22, fans around the world will recognize Hobbit Day—marking the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the Hobbits who are the unlikely heroes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, respectively—with Hobbit Day parties and celebrations. Bilbo and Frodo were both said to be born on the same day of different years, Bilbo in the year 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368, respectively, in Shire-reckoning, the Hobbits’ own calendar).

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(From left) DEAN O’GORMAN as Fili, AIDAN TURNER as Kili, MARK HADLOW as Dori, JED BROPHY as Nori and WILLIAM KIRCHER as Bifur in New Line Cinema’s and MGM’s fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

2 thoughts on “New images from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey””

  1. These movies seem to have an ending every half hour. I watched them all and they remind me of the OLD SERIALS that we saw each Saturday at the Strand Theater on what was Deane Avenue back in the 1950s. You get the same “formula” if you watch the STAR WARS movies carefully too. In the Black Community we called these movies CHAPTER PICTURES, because each week the was different CHAPTER to view. These Tolkien films seem to take that formula and then give a happy ending for each CHAPTER. I kind of tired after about 3 happy endings. I guess at 66 I have seen too many happy endings.

    1. I really like that old serial feel of the Star Wars movies. I hadn’t considered that to be the case with the LOTR films, but when I finally get around to watching the Blu-Rays, I’ll have to pay attention to see if I catch that.

      From my perspective, I can never see too many happy endings. Bad movies on the other hand…. ;-)

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