"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" sets forth on its quest in December of next year, bringing moviegoers their first dose of Middle-Earth big-screen goodness in almost a decade. It's just the first silo of a two-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel, too, so we'll have even more to look forward to when "There and Back Again" hits in December 2013.
We've long known that "The Hobbit" would be split into two movies, but the breaking point between the two films has remained unclear. How much of J.R.R. Tolkien's story would make it into the first "Hobbit" movie? What are we in store for?
Thanks to a plot synopsis unearthed by Bleeding Cool, we've got our answer. Keep reading for the official "Unexpected" plot details.
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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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