After the weekend’s release of a great new poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ahead of Peter Jackson & co. travelling to Comic-Con this week, we’ve now got a fantastic new look at ten – count them, 10! – scenes from the first instalment of our return to Middle-earth.
EW have debuted this rather brilliant scroll for your viewing pleasure, which I’ve embedded below in magnify-able form, as well as the original image itself should you wish to a scroll of your own.
“The Hobbit follows the journey of 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 Oakensheild. 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.”
The film stars a fantastic ensemble of new and old faces alike, including Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Hugo Weaving, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, and Christopher Lee.
And as if that wasn’t enough, we also got a look at The Hobbit LEGO figures today! They’re too kind to us, really.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due for release this December in the UK and US, and as you can see from the final poster-esque scene on the far right, it’s due for a release in 3D and IMAX 3D – tickets will be going on sale for the BFI IMAX later this year, and it’s safe to assume they’ll be selling like hot cakes. As usual with the image beneath the magnifier, you can click to enlarge.
(N.B. Because the image itself is 6,000 pixels wide, you probably won’t be able to see anything until you view it in its full size!)