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The Hobbit releases a new trailer for An Unexpected Journey

The three Hobbit films will be released within two years of each other, and the first one is just a few months from hitting theaters.

It is still almost three months until the release of the first movie in The Hobbit trilogy, but today the latest look into the film was released. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer features many characters and even shares a little more information about Gollum’s role in the film.

The three films are based on “J.R.R. Tolkien’s book and 125 pages of appendices that the author included in a later publication of [the] final Lord Of The Rings installment, The Return Of The King,” said Peter Jackson and crew announced in July that the story would play out over three films instead of the two they had originally planned. The first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is set in Middle Earth 60 years before the Lord of the Rings story begins, and will debut in theaters Dec. 14 of this year.

The film’s main character is a curious hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman). It chronicles his journey “to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug,” said the Internet Movie Database.

The trailer sets up the plot and introduces us to the goals the various characters have in pursuing their quest. It features many actors recognizable from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Elijah Wood as Frodo, Andy Serkis as Gollum, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel.

The second and third films in the trilogy will be released within the next two years, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug set to be released Dec. 13, 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again set to be released July 18, 2014. Today’s trailer release is the first look at the movie since the original trailer was released in December.

The original The Hobbit book was published in 1937. Author J.R.R. Tolkien passed away in 1973.

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