Magnificent second trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

The HobbitAlmost everything worth writing about this topic is in the title, but a bit of padding won’t go astray. The second trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released today by Warner Bros. and Wingnut Films. As impressive and exciting as the first trailer was, giving us our first good glimpse of Middle Earth since the conclusion of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy almost ten years ago, it was little more than a teaser in comparison to this magnificent second trailer with its sumptuous vision - both rich and thrilling - and real sense of narrative.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, a story which begins some 60 years before the events of the Lord of the Rings. Under the influence of Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and against his better judgement, the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) sets out with a band of Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to rest the lost Dwarven kingdom of Erebor from the grasp of the great dragon Smaug. We'll have to wait a little longer for a vision of Smaug, but the trailer does give us a glimpse of Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and the wizard, Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy).

Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy will cover the story set down in Tolkien's The Hobbit and provide a bridging narrative between the events told in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (with ample opportunity for the return of many of the cast from the Lord of the Rings who would otherwise play no role in The Hobbit).

The journey there and back again begins in 3D on 14 December. Can't wait.

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