New Trailer for Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY [Updated with Alternate Endings]

     September 19, 2012

A new trailer for director Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released.  This trailer shines an interesting light on the conundrum of the The Hobbit.  It has to look even bigger than what came before, but what came before what a quest to save the entire world.  The new trailer breaks down the plot, which is about the dwarfs reclaiming their homeland.  So the stakes are smaller, but the adventure is somehow bigger.  Putting that conflict aside, the trailer still makes the movie look like a fun time, and perhaps the best thing about The Hobbit is that we’ll get to return to Middle-Earth.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Graham McTavish, Dean Ogorman, Peter Hambleton, Aidan Turner, Jed Brophy, John Callen, Adam Brown, Ken Stott, William Kircher, Andy Serkis, and Richard Armitage.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in 3D on December 14th. [Update: We've embedded all four alternate endings to the trailer after the jump.]

Click over to Apple to watch in HD.  If you click over to the official website, you’ll find four additional endings to the trailer.  You can choose your favorite, build your own trailer, and then share it with friends.  [Update: You can watch all four alternate endings in the video below the trailer.]

Here’s the synopsis for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.


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  • The Dude

    Encore trip to Middle Earth? I’m game.

  • Henry Pym

    Dare I say it…this looks better than the first trilogy.

  • Jon

    Had to watch it twice ! Can you say best picture nod!

    • TheHOYT

      I doubt it. ROTK won, but it was after two excellent films that came before it. It was almost like a token award from the academy. They hate giving major awards, like best picture, to sci-fi/fantasy films. But, with ROTK they new that they’d be getting all kinds of backlash if they didn’t give it best picture. I doubt that AUJ will get the same kind of treatment.

  • dogg

    We’re complaining there’ll be 3 whole movies…why?

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  • Mike

    I don’t know…..For some reason this doesn’t seem nowhere near as epic as the original trilogy. Maybe it was the content of the trailer, but something just seemed off. I mean, I’m still going to see it, but I just don’t feel as excited for it.

    • Jason

      Agreed, something does feel off. I’m going in with very low expectations.

    • Lama

      I agree too. Def gonna see it, but looks a little ‘soft’ than the originals.

  • TheHOYT

    I’m glad that the Dwarves are taking center stage this time ’round. We learned enough about the worlds of men and elves in LOTR.

  • Mike

    who was that guy on the sled being pulled by rabbits?

    • TheHOYT

      Pretty sure that was Radagast the Brown, another wizard like unto Gandalf.

      • Pocketses

        Are we sure that wasn’t Beorn? Could be either, and the older appearance kind of fits Radagast better, but the animal aspect of it all felt more like Beorn to me.

      • Peter Jackson

        It was definitely Radagast the Brown.

      • Pocketses

        Fine…it’s Radagast…but that makes me kind of sad. I really want to see what Beorn is going to look like.

      • psmith

        It’s Radagast the Brown, yes, played by Sylvester McCoy. Picture here: .

        To Pocketses: Beorn is played by Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt and does not appear in the trailer as far as I can see. No pictures released of his character either I think.

      • d.a. garabedian

        To people complaining about the lack of Beorn: it’s been confirmed that *POILERS* he will not appear until the second film, as the first ends immediately prior to their arrival at his house.

      • Thomas Fort

        Pocketses, Beorn is a very huge lumberjack/viking type of guy without table manners. He changes into a bear that is twice the size of a grizzly. And I dont think he has a love for animals, only bears. That old man in the trailer was definitely Radagast the Brown.

  • Pocketses

    I both have no idea, and do not WANT to know, why so many media outlets are seemingly going out of their way to be down on this movie. Even that description of the trailer above is almost forcibly negative in ways. Measured, for some reason.

    This trailer was amazing. The film looks simply gorgeous. 48FPS or not, I’m seeing it. Hell, I’ll see it if they release it in 5FPS. It’s stunning how it simply LOOKS, let alone the content of the trailer. Do I expect it to be as epic? No, but that’s fine. For some reason everyone thinks to be a follow-up it has to be BIGGER to be BETTER. It doesn’t. Let’s look at movies that went bigger in their sequels, shall we?

    Pirates of the Carribean. Sure, the first one wasn’t knocking down any academy awards doors, but it is highly regarded as a fresh introduction to a new world, and a huge surprise hit. What is the general public feeling toward the sequels (all THREE of them and the two to come)?

    And The Matrix? The original is heralded as one of the most unique and innovative science fiction films of the late 20th century, yet what were the sequels?

    And the biggest culprit of them all. The Holy Trilogy of Science Fiction and Fantasy…Star Wars. Also the most apt comparison. A beloved original trilogy followed after a long absence by a prequel trilogy. What was the general consensus on a larger scale trilogy being the prequel?

    Did anyone like those movies more than the original?

    Bigger doesn’t mean better. The Lord of the Rings was a trilogy that was about saving the entire world. It was full of large-scale battles of an entire land against one unstoppable army. It was big AND small. While the world fought on the brink of destruction, two of the smallest of creatures fought to be silent, unseen. Surrounded by darkness and shrouded in fear, they were tiny. The scale and SCOPE of everything in the original trilogy had to be larger due to this juxtaposition.

    The Hobbit isn’t that story and it never will be. This is about something entirely different, with an underlying current of a much larger problem.

    So, seeing that when we try to go bigger, we don’t always go better, why do we still want everything to follow that path? Peter Jackson’s own King Kong was bigger than the original, was that better? I may have liked King Kong for what it was, but not even the most fervent of fans would admit it was better than the classic…

    I’m fine with smaller. I PREFER smaller in many cases. This looks amazing, and a great prequel to my favorite films ever. Bring them on.

    • Lance

      You make a great point. With lots of sequels there’s such a compulsion to make everything “bigger” that they cross over into ridiculous territory very quickly. Whereas really they ought to keep everything at the same scale as the first hit movie, just find a way to keep things fresh.

      Tolkien’s universe is so beloved I think lots of people will want to visit again, even if The Hobbit isn’t on the epic scale of The Lord Of The Rings. This trailer looks fantastic, and I’m now truly excited to see this.

      • THundersauresrex

        i actually see this opposite adn i think Matt was actually trying to point this out but did a poor job doing it. we know the adventure is lesser…but what kills the trailer for me is they are trying to sell it as if its just as EPIC but the action and the scope just doesnt fit that claim cause the story is lesser.

  • Peter Jackson

    Awesome trailer, feels more epic in scope than I thought. I saw lots of scenes from the book, and it was cool to see it come to life. I cannot wait to see it come December 14th.

    • Jam

      Your right the dark knight rises shouldent have went 8years ahead.nolan should have did the batman on the run story line.and lord of the rings shouldent do a per but move the story forward

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  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Enjoyed all the versions of endings and I am excited but this trailer overall seemed uneven compared to the first one. Anyway, I’ll be there opening weekend.

  • Ned

    Can not wait, open now now NOW

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  • The13thDoctor

    even if I were not a fan I’d still see it pure and simple because the seventh Doctor is in it!

  • Grayden

    its good to finally see the dwarves in scene next to “normal” size characters. So far we’ve only seen them together or with Bilbo, so they’ve all seemed to be normal (human) size on sets. With Gandalf and Bilbo’s scenes together in Fellowship you did get a sense of scale. With just the dwarves and Bilbo, you don’t really get it. But here, they finally give a taste of how they will look among the other races.

  • Scoobie Doo Says

    As a non-fanboy of the earlier films, (in fact, I hated them), this looks like more Tolkien adulteration. The original stories were so quiet, subtle, which allowed the imagination to flourish, and I find this totally incongruent with the way movies are made today, much less action blockbusters. It really makes one’s heart drop a little. Now here’s a gianT YAAAWWWNNN!!! Wake me up when it’s over.

  • Rider

    Really? this is movie or pis of ….

  • Dylan d

    go to the main site, there are more scenes added as endings you can choose, they really make it feel like lord of the rings, they have the hobbit music playing over them, while of course out of context and will not be played during those scenes, its nice to see the two together, i really like the “Gandalf” Ending

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