At long last, "The Hobbit" trailer has finally been unveiled.
Ultimately, we've been waiting a decade -- aka since the first "Lord of the Rings" film first hit theaters -- for this movie's trailer to be released finally. Though it's a prequel to the previous movies, "The Hobbit" is a project that has been in development longer than its predecessors. Director Peter Jackson originally wanted to start his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's saga with "The Hobbit", but because of technical issues they had to start with the latter installments of the series.
We aren't complaining, but there are a lot of things in this trailer that we have been waiting a good long while to see revealed. After the jump, we list off the five most exciting debuts in "The Hobbit's" first official trailer.
It was no big surprise that Bilbo Baggins got his big debut in this trailer. We've seen him in photos, we've seen him in behind-the-scenes videos, and we've pretty much been anticipating his appearance from the get-go. But that doesn't mean his introduction as a youthful hobbit in the teaser wasn't any less exciting. Watching the transition from Ian Holm's portrayal of Bilbo to Martin Freeman's kicked our "Lord of the Rings" nostalgia into high-gear. It only helps that Freeman was basically born for this role. Consider us excited.
The dwarves of "The Hobbit" already got a pretty dramatic debut. In addition to all being introduced individually, they all have been featured in various featurettes and stills so often that we feel like we know them as well as our parents. That didn't make it any less exciting when the trailer not only individually introduced our favorite dwarves again, but also featured them in song. It's literally about as Tolkien as it gets with them, and we loved every second of it.
No, we aren't talking about the singer. Sting is the sword (well, really an elven knife, but basically fit to be a sword for a hobbit) that Bilbo finds in "The Hobbit" and ends up passing on to Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings." It's a weapon we're all familiar with, so it was exciting to see Bilbo unsheathing it for seemingly the first time in this trailer. His glee matched our own when he saw the sword unveiled, and now we're just biding our time until we see it glow blue again.
Galadriel and Gandalf
In addition to the main story of "The Hobbit," Jackson has included a new side story that heavily features "Lord of the Rings" characters Galadriel and Gandalf as they explore a rising evil in Mirkwood Forest. They're featured numerous times in this trailer, and it is clear that Jackson plans on having their tale be a major part of the first movie in addition to the second. This is us absolutely, one hundred percent not complaining about this addition to Tolkien canon.
Yes, we had a gut feeling Bilbo's first meeting with Gollum was going to be included in this trailer. It's a scene we've seen played out in "The Lord of the Rings" movies, and it's one we knew we would see again this time around. That didn't stop the reveal of Gollum at the end of this trailer from being any more dramatic, though. We didn't get a very good look at Andy Serkis reprising his role as Gollum, but it's basically one of the high points of this new film for us. And, from what we did see, he and Freeman look freaking awesome together.
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