First Official Trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyI recently decided to re-read The Hobbit. My goal is to refresh the J.R.R. Tolkien story in my head as we approach the Dec. 14, 2012 release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

I’m already reaping the benefits in unexpected ways, especially now that we have the first official trailer. A good example is the Dwarves’ song about the Pines. I envisioned it as more upbeat, but I really love the more meditative, drone-like chant. Though reading that passage again, Tolkien describes it as “deep-throated singing of the dwarves in the deep places of their ancient homes.” Not particularly upbeat, Jane.

The story follows unsuspecting hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he’s swept from his humble home in The Shire into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Approached by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakensheild (Richard Armitage).

Their adventure takes them through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs, deadly Wargs, Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Bilbo finally crosses paths with the creature Gollum (Andy Serkis), where he gains possession of the “precious” ring in which the fate of all Middle Earth rests.

It is, by no means, the beginning of this tale; you’d have to reach back to [amazon_link id=”0345466462″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Silmarillion[/amazon_link] for that — but I’m sure it’ll be a fitting prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I’m so glad Peter Jackson is at the helm. He’s really the only person who can bring this story to the big screen.

The cast also includes Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Elijah Wood (Frodo) Jeffrey Thomas (Thror) Mike Mizrahi (Thrain), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel), and Hugo Weaving (Elrond). In addition to Armitage, the Dwarves are as follows: Ken Stott (Balin), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), William Kircher (Bifur), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Rob Kazinsky (Fili), Aidan Turner (Kili), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), John Callen (Oin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Mark Hadlow (Dori) and Adam Brown (Ori).

Read more about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Reel Life With Jane, the film’s official site, and the official blog. Take a look at the trailer and tell me what you think. Does it get you psyched for the movie?


  1. Melanie Avatar

    Wooo-hooo! No one could do this like Sir Peter!

  2. Stephanie Avatar


  3. Nashville Maids Avatar

    I cannot tell you how excited I am that Peter Jackson FINALLY agreed to take over directing the movie. This trailer has me WISHING away 2012 already. So excited to have found another fan.

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Me, too! It’ll be here before we know it, and we’ll have lots to yak about this coming year as we keep getting news on the production.

  4. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    What an amazing cast. I’m sure this is going to be good.

  5. Living Large Avatar

    Sounds like this is going to be a really good one!

  6. Marian Avatar

    I was never that into the lord of the rings films and I couldnt face the books but I did read the hobbit and this is one that I am looking forwards to!

  7. Elaine Avatar

    Fili is being played by Dean O’Gorman, you will find him in the cast list on The Hobbit Movie News website at: . Rob Kazinsky left the cast in May of this year due to health reasons.

    I enjoy your blog!

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Oh thanks for the update, Elaine! So noted, and now that you mention it, I do recall hearing that.

  8. merr Avatar

    This is a genre of movie I am not one to seek out, but find that when I watch I’m intrigued!

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