First Trailer for Jackson’s The Hobbit

Released late yesterday:

The long-awaited prequel to Peter Jackson’s oft-revered, oft-despised interpretations of The Lord of the Rings is still a year out, and even then we only get the first half of it. The trailer does its job giving us a taste of what’s to come, though, showing us epic photography such as we all remember from the LOTR films along with some humor–Tolkien’s story has its funny moments, after all–and a fair amount of personality from Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Love it or hate it, it’s hard not to imagine the movie fulfilling all its blockbusting expectations.

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17 thoughts on “First Trailer for Jackson’s The Hobbit

  1. The visual style looks very much like a repeat of Jackson’s LOTR– no surprises there, of course, though it could have been nice to see what a different director might have done with it.

    I’m not ashamed to admit to some spine-tingling when the dwarves started singing.

  2. @Eric – Yes, the singing is definitely the highlight of the trailer. In fact, I almost would have preferred a trailer without any dialogue – just images over the singing.

  3. Yes, Eric and Kat, the singing gave me chills, too! Definitely my favorite part of the trailer. Which I’ve now watched three times.

    I don’t always like Jackson’s interpretations, especially not when he changes character motivation or portrayal (also, long battle scenes wear on my nerves), but there’s something quite lovely about them as a whole. I’m looking forward to the movie. Now: to re-read, or not to re-read, before the movie comes out? That is the question.

  4. Ditto on getting the chills from the singing and music!

    Also, I love Martin Freeman’s acting in just about anything I’ve seen him in, so watching him in this role that he seems to have been made for will be delightful.

  5. @Jenna – Well, for those of us taking Corey Olsen’s “The Making of Myth: Tolkien and CS Lewis” class this spring at the Mythgard Institute, there won’t be a choice! In fact, this trailer has made me more excited to go back to the book in a few weeks than it has for the movie which is still a year away. Also, for those interested, Corey Olsen’s book, titled “Exploring the Hobbit,” will be published this September, so we can all start getting good and jazzed for that too! Gah! It’s an exciting time to be a Tolkien fan!

  6. I thought it was a great trailer, though I wonder how many teasers we will get over the next 12 months. I really liked how much personality Bilbo had. I was late the “The Hobbit”; read LOTR in college, then the Hobbit some time later, so I was never a big Bilbo fan. But I enjoyed the snippets of Freeman’s portrayals. And of course, Middle Earth is beautiful.

    Never pegged Thorin for a handsome, rouguish king- I mean, he’s a dwarf! You can’t tell apart men from women- that’s not pretty. But no other character is set up for “the smolder”, so I guess Thorin is as good a candidate as any. And the scene between Gandalf and Galadriel was random- reserving judgement because trailers can be edited to show something totally out of context. All in all, excited to return to Middle Earth.

  7. For your reading pleasure: the Tolkien Professor’s (Corey Olson’s) first thoughts on the trailer.

    Kat, I’m sure that class will be fantastic!

    cbiondi, that’s good to hear about Martin Freeman. I’ve not seen him in anything else as far as I know offhand.

    PotterMom05, you said pretty much exactly what I was thinking about Thorin Oakenshield and the weird meeting between Gandalf and Galadriel! I can’t quite picture a scene in which it would make sense for the latter to go gently brushing hair out of the former’s face. As for the smolder, supposedly Orlando Bloom is set to return as Legolas. But I’m not sure what sort of a role he’ll have, or whether he’ll inspire pre-teen girls to the levels of obsession he did ten years ago. 🙂

    It’s been a while since I read The Hobbit… I don’t even remember Legolas being in it. Maybe I should re-read it. But first, I need to finish The Silmarillion. 🙂

  8. I agree about the singing; definitely the highlight of the trailer. One cannot miss seeing Gollum speaking to Bilbo as well. This trailer makes me want to reread the Hobbit. It’s been 10 years.

  9. I really liked the trailer. The dwarves chanting gave me real chills, too! Martin Freeman is very likable and believable as young Bilbo.

    I couldn’t figure out the Gandalf/Galadriel scene either. I suspect it is supposed to be some flashback to 2850-2851 when Gandalf went for the second time into Dol Guldur, found Thrain and received from him the key and the map to the Lonely Mountain. I would guess that the grey stone place that Gandalf is walking through is Dol Guldur.

    The scene with Galadriel could be at the White Council when Gandalf presumably presented evidence that the necromancer in Dol Guldur was none other than Sauron and that he had succeeded in taking a ring of power from Thrain. A wild guess — perhaps she and Gandalf have just looked into the mirror of Galadriel and seen something of long, difficult and pain-filled journey that lies ahead in LOTR. Remember how Galadriel test the members of the Fellowship? Perhaps she also tested Gandalf (not canon, but plausible). This could have been the moment when she tests him and sees his greatness and self-sacrifice. It would fit with her long support of him for head of the White Council.

  10. Jenna, here’s the wiki on Freeman:

    I’ve seen him in his endearing role of Tim Canterbury in the British original version of “The Office” and as Arthur Dent in the film version of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” He’s a gifted actor and absolutely perfect as the humble, dependable, relunctant and understated hero.

  11. cbiondi, ohhh yeah! He was in The Office! Now I know why he seemed a little familiar. Thanks for clearing that up. 😀

    Now I’m kind of curious to see Hitchhiker… I did only just read the book in the last year or so, after all.

  12. Martin Freeman also played Watson in BBC’s Sherlock Holmes. It’s a modern day take on Sherlock Holmes if he was living today. Martin was pretty good in that show as well.

  13. Freeman also plays Watson in BBC’s Sherlock, ironically alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), who will be voicing Smaug.

    I have to say that if they were going to pick a younger actor to voice Smaug they picked the right one! (I also read somewhere he will be playing the Necromancer/Sauron)

  14. You know who’s been noticeable silent about this trailer? Me!! 😉

    I’ll just re-read the books over & over again & stay far away from Jackson’s re-tellings.

  15. Well, it all looks pretty good- which you’d expect.
    The song sounds very atmospheric with just the right amount to hope and defeat.

    It certainly looks like Gandalf gets to Dol Guldur- nowhere else would look like that that I can think of unless it is the Great Goblin’s domain in the Misty Mountains. Gandalf could be searching for Thorin and Co. Maybe, but I doubt it.

    I cannot think that there’ll be many prolonged battle scenes. The Battle of Five Armies is really the only thing that would fit that bill. But they might make the White Council’s clearing of Dol Guldur the climax of this movie. In that case the movie will be following split story lines. That has positives and negatives.

    Janet, could you expand on split story lines please?

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