It was ten years ago this week that director Petr Jackson first transported movie audiences to J R R Tolkien’s Middle-Earth with the premier of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. It seems only right that last night gave us the first trailer for Jackson’s adaption of of Tolkien’s first novel of Middle-Earth, The Hobbit.
And what a first look it is. Some of it is familiar as we have seen some of these sights in the Lord Of The Rings films. And the trailer does a good job introducing us to the 12 dwarves whom the titular Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) will accompany on a great adventure to free a treasure from the clutches of a dragon.
But also gives us glimpses at some of the material that Jackson developed that serve to connect The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings including the latter films’ older Bilbo (Ian Holmes) and his nephew Frodo (Elijah Woods). We also see glimpses of a meeting between Gandalf and Lord Of The Rings‘s Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), just one of the things that Jackson developed from material found in the appendices of Lord Of The Rings.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiers December 14, 2012.