Dec 20 2011 11:00pm

Watch the First Trailer For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have released a trailer for the first Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, coming next Christmas. (We were THIS CLOSE to busting out the Leonard Nimoy 60s classic.) We don’t think we could be more excited if you handed us some pipe-weed and let us dance on the tables at The Green Dragon. Watch it! Watch it now, precious!

Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com and is very much willing to cameo in The Hobbit if the movie ever calls for a rocket, Mr. Jackson, sir.

Matt Ries
1. mattries37315
Let's see next year is a leap year and it's already the 20th, so 359 days until its in theaters...good thing Games of Thrones Season 2, Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Doctor Who will tide me through.
Jonah Feldman
3. relogical
I haven't read The Hobbit since I was a kid, but I still don't get how they make two movies out of it. Oh well, just so long as the second one doesn't have Saruman as a Decepticon.
4. Smaug's Li'l Brother Puff
relogical: They're including stuff only alluded to in the text, namely the rise of The Necromancer (i.e., Sauron) in Dol Gulder. That's why Galadriel is there, and presumably why Gandalf is shown sneaking down dungeon stairs.

But, yes, I'm stoked. And I know what big bro' has coming to him!
Brandon Daggerhart
5. TankSpill
Yes, Yes, YES!

New music sounds awesome too (the theme after the Dwarves' song).
Thomas Jeffries
6. thomstel
My Christmas days have been remarkably without hobbits for far too long! Looks great!
8. TomT
Is it next december yet? Wow.... Looks like it will be very good.
David Lev
9. davidlev
Oh my god I want to see that movie so bad. It looks amazing!
Cameron Tucker
10. Loialson
Loved it. Now I'm craving me some Sherlock...on to Netflix I go :).
Trevor Vallender
12. tsv
Don't get me wrong; I'm super excited about this. It is going to be a fantastic movie. But I can't help but feel it's not going to feel very much like the book at all. It looks like it will feel like a LotR prequel in ways the book - very much a standalone children's book - never did. In some ways that's a good thing, in others, maybe a little of the magic will be lost. I actually felt del Toro may have been more faithful to the spirit of the novel, despite his famous comments about hating hobbits.

I would love to be proven wrong, and regardless am sure I will love both of these films.
Tess Laird
13. thewindrose
Very excited to see this - but are those like 'elvish' Dwarves? Just saying;)

14. pilgrimsoul
!Hot Dwarves--oh yeah!
But what is up with the smouldering looks and Galadriel playing with Gandalf's hair?
aaron thompson
15. trench
@ 14 that probably is a scene where she is telling Gandalf that he should be the leader of the White Council and not Sauruman.
James Whitehead
16. KatoCrossesTheCourtyard
This looks amazing. I agree with Smaug that two movies for one book will include some of the appendices from LOTR, maybe the beginnings of the Aragorn/Arwen romance, the fleshing out of Gandalf's business away south that he leaves the dwarves & Bilbo for at Mirkwood, and Tolkien's writings that his son Christopher compiled in Unfinished Tales.

Also, found the singing by the dwarves in Bilbo's home very evocative & moving. As to how faithful Jackson will be to The Hobbit, I'll give him a lot of leeway as I loved how he kept to the spirit of LOTR without simply regurgitating it.

Can't Wait for December 2012.


PS - Those damnable Mayans best be wrong. ;-)
17. Rancho Unicorno
@12 - That's a great point. I haven't been this excited for a movie in years (I had real chills while watching the trailer). But, I'm an adult.

I read The Hobbit to my kids (4 and 2). I don't expect the film to be age appropriate when they are 5 and 3 or 6 and 4. Yes, it's nice to make the effort to bring the story to life, but at what cost to the story's intended audience?
18. Dr. Thanatos
Does this make Galadriel a cougar? Or does Gandalf's being, like, eternal, nullify that?
19. pilgrimsoul
Waves at Dr. T.
Naw--Gandalf being a Maia is cradle robbing.
20. Dr. Thanatos
Does this make Galadriel a cougar? Or does Gandalf's being, like, eternal, nullify that?
21. Dr. Thanatos
The actual post was:

Wave back to Pilgrimsoul...

There's a family history here:

Melian married an elf...
Luthien married a mortal...
Arwen married a mortal...

Is this the cougar family or what?
22. Smaug's Li'l Brother Puff
I wouldn't jump to conclusions about that Galadriel/Gandalf moment. Elves likely don't have a keen grasp of "personal space" (see: clairvoyance). And be honest, Gandalf the Grey is usually a pretty hot mess. She probably has a bottle of magic detangler in her other hand.
24. SunTzuWu
Why did Tor provide a link to a crappy lo res trailer. Here
http://youtu.be/G0k3kHtyoqc?hd=1 is a link to You Tubes HD trailer.
26. mdauben
NEXT Christmans? You mean I have to wait a whole nother year! Groan!

Oh, and Kato? You can be sure there will be NOTHING from "Unfinished Tales" or any of the other books from the "expanded" Tolkien universe in the movies. The studio ONLY has rights to the Hobbit and LOTR books (which were sold off by JRR himself before his death). The Tolkien family retains rights to everything else, and has adamantly stated they will NOT sign them over for any use except books.

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