After weeks of frenzied anticipation, the trailer was finally released last night!
It looks amazing. This is of course only for the first part of the movie; part 2, There and Back Again, won’t be released until 2013. Of course, An Unexpected Journey itself won’t be released for another year but I have every intention of remaining in a fever-pitch of excitement until then.
There’s old Bilbo (Ian Holm) and young Bilbo (Martin Freeman), the smallest glimpse of Frodo (Elijah Wood), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and Bag End. The Dwarves are introduced: Fili (Dean O’Gorman), Kili (Aidan Turner), Oin (John Callen), Gloin (Peter Hambleton- they really made him look like Gimli!), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Balin (Ken Stott), Bifur (William Kircher), Bofur (James Nesbitt), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Nori (Jed Brophy), Ori (Adam Brown), and- finally- Thorin (Richard Armitage) with the Hero Shot.
We hear the dwarves sing, we get a taste of the comedy and the seriousness of their journey, plus hints aplenty of what this will mean for Bilbo in particular. It will be interesting to see how they show Bilbo finding the ring since we have seen that already in Fellowship of the Ring, but I got chills when I first heard Gollum speak. Also- Sting!
It seems pretty clear that they have cut the movie off right before they enter Mirkwood. Probably a good decision. I can’t wait to see Beorn and the Great Goblin for the first time and so excited to see Galadriel and Elrond again.
I realize this is just the trailer and that trailer music might or might not make it in to the movie but it sounds fantastic so far. Can’t wait for the whole soundtrack to be released, especially since the soundtracks to the Lord of the Rings movies were so amazing.
I am also fairly certain that a roomful of Thorin posters is in my very near future. Richard Armitage is gorgeous, but Richard Armitage as the handsome bearded Thorin? *swoon* Who knew dwarves could bring out my inner fangirl?