The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey gets a first trailer

The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has arrived online.

It’s undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films of 2012 (surely only superhero giants The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers can compete?), and this first glimpse has got us feeling all nostalgic for Middle-earth.

Martin Freeman looks to be a perfect fit for Bilbo Baggins, and it’s lovely to see Ian McKellen’s Gandalf back in his scraggly robe.

Unsurprisingly, given the stage of its production, it’s not the most action-packed trailer out there, but there are plenty of decent character moments (including a spirited Dwarf singsong).

Our favourite moments from the trailer? Well, Martin Freeman is excellent as the bustling, puffed-up Bilbo, and returning to Bag End feels very much like revisiting an old but well-loved friend. Then of course there’s a look at other LOTR favourites such as the fragmented Nasril sword and the shimmering city of Elrond. And finally, there’s a certain cave-dweller waiting to say hello…

Watch the trailer right here:

There’s also a new poster in case you’re interested:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on 14 December 2012.

For more on The Hobbit , get the new issue of Total Film magazine, which hits newsstands on 22 December 2011.

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