added: Tue, Dec 4th '12
According to that big red X on your Lord of the Rings-themed calendar, Peter Jackson's epic first chapter of "The Hobbit" is almost here. Finally, you'll get to know how it all began. But while you wait with baited breath for the film's impending release, why not whet your whistle with a fat bundle of film clips. After all, it will give you a sweet taste of what to expect when the movie opens in theaters next week. Take a look, above.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, 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, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. 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. 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.
directed by Peter Jackson
starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hunter, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood
release date December 14, 2012