It’s Tolkien Week and as such, Warner Bros. has just released the latest trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The new trailer shows us more of the characters, the journey and some of the humour that was prominent in Lord of the Rings.
Last December, Digital Journal shared the first official trailer for The Hobbit (here and here.) In the last nine months, we’ve seen little come out of Middle-earth, other than the news that The Hobbit will be expanded into three films, instead of the two that were initially planned, which Digital Journal also reported.
The previous trailer was rather dark and daunting; the audience left with the feeling of impending doom for Bilbo and the deep chorus tune sung by the dwarves was evocative of a song of mourning.
This time around, there is hope present. We’re told of the strong dwarven army and given glimpses of their feats. We also see that many characters retain their sense of humour, despite the perilous journey.
The pinnacle moment in which Bilbo attempts to riddle the ring from Gollum is also teased in the newly released trailer.
The official website for The Hobbit has provided 5 trailers, all of which have slight alternates to the ending, depending on which character you’d like to select. Viewers can ‘create’ the trailers for Gandalf, Bilbo, Sting, Gollum, or the Dwarves and then share them with friends.
Character photos from The Hobbit have also been released. Official promo pictures released include, Bilbo, Gandalf and the company of dwarves.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sees the return of Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, and Andy Serkis. The film also introduces Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins.
It is currently Tolkien Week, which celebrates the shared birthday of Bilbo Baggins and his nephew Frodo Baggins, on September 22nd. This year is a big year for Hobbit fans celebrating, as September 21st is also the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released into theatres on December 14th, 2012. Part two, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will follow nearly a year later on December 13, 2013, and the final instalment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will hit theatres in July of 2014.