New ‘Hobbit’ Poster And Trailer Create Middle-earth Deja Vu

Could you do us a favor and pause the new trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” just for a second? We have more stuff to show you.

Ok, thanks for that.

After an eventful Tolkien Week, filled with the kind of Middle-earth geekiness that we’ve been living on in the lead-up to December, director Peter Jackson sprinkled one last morsel on top of the already generous trailer.

A new poster for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” premiered on Jackson’s Facebook page, and it features Bilbo Baggins aka Martin Freeman in a pose that should be familiar to “Lord of the Rings” fans, but that shouldn’t be the only thing from Tolkien Week that resembled material from the previous trilogy.

The new poster for “The Hobbit” bears a striking resemblance to the teaser poster for “Return of the King,” featuring Viggo Mortensen as Aragon, which was modeled off of the very first teaser for “Fellowship of the Ring.”

On top of those similarities, Total Film noticed that several shots from the new trailer match those featured in the preview for “Fellowship of the Ring.” You can judge for yourself with some composites the site created.

While we’re not going to go as far as accusing Jackson of plagiarizing himself, it’s kind of comforting to see that “The Hobbit” is shaping up to be a true follow-up to “Lord of the Rings.” While it would have been interesting to see del Toro’s vision of Middle-earth, Jackson’s return looks to be complete and faithful to the movies we already love.

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