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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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DirectorPeter Jackson[1]
Andy Serkis (Second Unit Director)[2]
ProducerPeter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Carolynne Cunningham
Philippa Boyens (Co-Producer)
Ken Kamins (Executive Producer)
Zane Weiner (Executive Producer)[1]
WriterGuillermo del Toro
Peter Jackson
Fran Walsh
Philippa Boyens[1]
StarringMartin Freeman
Ian McKellen
Richard Armitage[3]
See cast section below for more
MusicHoward Shore[3]
CinematographyAndrew Lesnie[3]
StudioNew Line Cinema
MGM
WingNut Films[1]
DistributorWarner Bros. Pictures[1]
Released28 November 2012 (worldwide première)
14 December 2012 (North America)[4]
Runtime169 minutes
CountryNew Zealand
United Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
WebsiteTheHobbit.com
IMDbIMDb Profile

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit. It was released on 14 December 2012 in North America. It was followed by The Desolation of Smaug in 2013 and will be followed by The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014.

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[edit] Synopsis

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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 Oakenshield. 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.
Warner Bros. Press Release[5]

[edit] Plot

On his eleventy-first (111th) birthday, the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins decides to write down the full story of the adventure he took 60 years before for his nephew Frodo. Bilbo writes about how, prior to his own actual involvement, the Dwarf Thrór was king of Erebor and brought an era of prosperity to his kin until the arrival of Smaug the Dragon. Drawn by the amount of gold that the Dwarves have amassed, Smaug destroyed the nearby town of Dale before driving the Dwarves out of Erebor. Thrór's grandson, Thorin Oakenshield, sees King Thranduil and his Wood-elves on a nearby hillside and is dismayed to find them taking their leave rather than aiding his people. This makes Thorin develop an everlasting hatred of Elves.

Following this, Bilbo is tricked by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey into hosting a party for Thorin and his band of Dwarves, which doubles as Bilbo's recruitment as the Dwarves' "burglar" to help them recover their treasure and their home from Smaug. Bilbo reluctantly joins the company on their journey to the Lonely Mountain, Thorin previously believing he would refuse. The group is captured by 3 Mountain Trolls, Tom, Bert, and William, but Bilbo is able to stall the Trolls from eating them until dawn, when Gandalf saves the company by exposing the Trolls to sunlight, turning them into stone. They search the Trolls' cave and find treasure and Elven blades. Thorin and Gandalf each take an Elf-wrought blade -- Orcrist and Glamdring, respectively. Gandalf also finds an Elven short-sword, later to be known as Sting, which he gives to Bilbo. Being Elven blades of the First Age, Gandalf says they glow when near Orcs or Goblins. However, only Sting actually does so.

The group encounters Radagast the Brown, a Wizard who lives in the forest of Greenwood. He tells them of a strange presence he encountered at Dol Guldur and how it is poisoning the forest. The group is then chased by Orcs on Wargs, with Radagast drawing them off with his Rhosgobel Rabbits-pulled sled. Gandalf leads them through a stone passage to Rivendell as the Wargs and Orcs above are slain by Elven riders. Elrond discloses the map's indication of a secret door that will be visible only on Durin's Day. Gandalf talks with the White Council (Elrond, Galadriel, and Saruman the White) about his involvement with the Dwarves, explaining the presence Radagast encountered and expresses mild suspicion that this Necromancer is the Dark Lord. The others are skeptical, believing Sauron to have been defeated forever, and that this Necromancer is not a true threat. Elsewhere, at Weathertop, Yazneg, the leader of the attacking Orc party, reports back to his master Azog of his failure, who then kills the unfortunate Orc. Azog then issues a bounty upon Thorin's head, and races off with the rest of his party.

Against the Council's wishes, Gandalf sends Bilbo and the Dwarves toward the Misty Mountains. While passing through the mountains, Bilbo and the Dwarves encounter a battle between three stone giants, and are forced to take refuge in a cave. Elsewhere, Azog and his Orcs follow the Dwarves' trail to the Misty Mountains. While the company sleeps, Bilbo decides to leave and return to Rivendell after talking to Bofur, who believes in him. He is overheard by Thorin, who believes he has been proven right that the hobbit is not up to the quest. But before Bilbo can leave, they are all captured by Goblins and taken to their leader, the Goblin King. Gandalf arrives and saves the Dwarves from the Goblins. They then fight their way out of Goblin-town, killing the Goblin King during their escape. Bilbo was separated from the Dwarves right after their capture and encounters Gollum, who accidentally drops a mysterious ring while killing a stray Goblin to feed on. Picking up the ring and placing it in his pocket, Bilbo finds himself confronted by Gollum. They play a Riddle-game, wagering that Bilbo will be shown the way out if he wins, or eaten by Gollum if he loses. After Bilbo wins by asking Gollum what he has in his pocket, Gollum realizes Bilbo has stolen the ring and attacks him. Bilbo discovers the ring grants him invisibility and evades a furious Gollum, following him to find the way out and deciding out of pity not to kill him, despite having the chance to do so.

Bilbo rejoins the group once he sees them after hearing Thorin voice his doubts he will return, keeping the ring he found secret. The moment of triumph is cut short as they are ambushed by Azog and his hunting party. After taking refuge in cliffside trees before the Wargs uproot most of them, the final tree is partially uprooted, leaving most of the Company hanging over the cliffside. Thorin then charges Azog in an attempt to save the others, but is badly wounded and knocked to the ground. Bilbo defends Thorin from being killed, and as Azog's other Orcs move in, Fíli, Kíli and Dwalin rush in and attack them, and a fight ensues. The group is then saved by Eagles, who fly them to safety on the Carrock. Gandalf wakes the unconscious Thorin, who finally accepts Bilbo for his courage and bravery. As the party sees the destiny of their journey, the Lonely Mountain in the distance, Smaug awakens.

[edit] Scenes

  1. Prologue: The Fall of Erebor **
  2. "In a Hole in the Ground There Lived a Hobbit"
  3. Very Old Friends
  4. Mr. Baggins *
  5. An Unexpected Party
  6. "Blunt the Knives" **
  7. A Map, a Key and a Contract
  8. "Misty Mountains"
  9. "... The World Ahead"
  10. The Battle of Azanulbizar
  11. Radagast the Brown
  12. Trollshaws
  13. Roast Mutton
  14. A Troll-hoard
  15. The Hill of Sorcery
  16. Warg-scouts
  17. Rivendell **
  18. A Short Rest **
  19. Moon Runes
  20. The Defiler
  21. The Last Homely House *
  22. The White Council **
  23. "Why the Halfling?"
  24. Over Hill
  25. Under Hill
  26. The Great Goblin **
  27. Riddles in the Dark
  28. Biter and Beater
  29. The Ring
  30. Escape from Goblin-town
  31. The Pity of Bilbo
  32. "Home Is Behind..."
  33. Out of the Frying Pan...
  34. A Good Omen
  35. Credits

* denotes a scene only available in the Extended Edition cut of the film.
** denotes a scene which includes extended content only available in the Extended Edition cut of the film.

[edit] Cast

See also: The Hobbit (film series)#People involved
Actor Role
Ruby Acevedo Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Richard Armitage Thorin[6]
Erin Banks Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (Extended Edition only)
Timothy Bartlett Master Worrywort
Manu Bennett Azog
Cate Blanchett Galadriel[6]
Glenn Boswell Dwarf miner
Jed Brophy Nori[6]
Adam Brown Ori[6]
John Callen Óin[6]
Luc Campbell Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Benedict Cumberbatch The Necromancer
Smaug
Luke Evans Girion (Extended Edition only)
Sonia Forbes-Adam Belladonna Baggins (Extended Edition only)
Martin Freeman Bilbo Baggins[6]
Stephen Gledhill Old Gammidge (Extended Edition only)
Tim Gordon Old Hob (Extended Edition only)
Mark Hadlow Dori[6]
Bert[6]
Peter Hambleton Glóin[6]
William[6]
Rose Harnett Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Dan Hennah The Old Took[7] (Extended Edition only)
Ian Holm Older Bilbo Baggins[6]
Brian Hotter Otho Sackville-Baggins (Extended Edition only)
Barry Humphries Goblin King[6]
Stephen Hunter Bombur[6]
Katie Jackson Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Peter Jackson Erebor Dwarf refugee
William Kircher Bifur[6]
Tom[6]
Christopher Lee Saruman the White
Eloise Masters Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Eva Matthews Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Ollie Matthews Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Sylvester McCoy Radagast the Brown[6]
Rose McGhie Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Ian McKellen Gandalf the Grey[6]
Bret McKenzie Lindir
Graham McTavish Dwalin[6]
Honor McTavish Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Isaac Miller Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Mike Mizrahi Thráin
James Nesbitt Bofur[6]
Mary Nesbitt Girl of Dale
Peggy Nesbitt Girl of Dale
Dean O'Gorman Fíli[6]
Ella Olssen Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Jabez Olssen Erebor Dwarf refugee
Sabin Olssen Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Lee Pace Thranduil
Findlay Price Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
John Rawls Yazneg
Thomas Robins Young Thráin
Nancy Ruck Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Andy Serkis Gollum[6]
Louis Serkis Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Ruby Serkis Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Sonny Serkis Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Kiran Shah Goblin Scribe
Mervyn Smith Tosser Grubb (Extended Edition only)
Oscar Strik Young Bilbo Baggins (Extended Edition only)
Conan Stevens[note 1] Bolg[6]
Ken Stott Balin[6]
Amelia Taylor Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Samuel Taylor Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Jeffrey Thomas Thrór
Aidan Turner Kíli[6]
Stephen Ure Fimbul
Grinnah
Eric Vespe Fredegar Chubb (Extended Edition only)
Ruby Vincent Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Terry Vincent Cute young Hobbit (Extended Edition only)
Hugo Weaving Elrond[6]
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins[6]

[edit] Deviations from the source material

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey covers the first six chapters of The Hobbit with a few elements added from the Appendices from The Lord of the Rings. While it follows the story quite closely, a number of liberties were still taken:

  • The film begins with a prologue in which Bilbo Baggins awakens in the wee hours of the morning of his 111th birthday and begins to write There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Holiday in what would become the Red Book of Westmarch. In The Hobbit, he had already begun to write the book shortly after returning to Bag End.
  • Before beginning the first chapter of his book, Bilbo also details the background of his adventure, first recounting the rise and fall of Erebor and Dale, and then the arrival of Smaug -- much of the same information recounted by Thorin and the other Dwarves during the Unexpected Party. And to presumably tie it in better with the whole trilogy, the Arkenstone is found under Thrór's rule instead of that of Thráin I. Thrór interprets its discovery as his divine right to rule.
  • A long-standing feud between the Dwarves of Erebor and the Elves was invented for the film, beginning with Thrór's refusal to give Thranduil a payment of gems (seen only in the Extended Edition), and fully manifesting when Thranduil then brings his Elf Army to Erebor when Smaug is sacking it, only to then turn around and leave, offering no aid to the battling and fleeing Dwarves.
  • Elijah Wood also appears briefly as Frodo Baggins toward the end of the prologue, whereas the character does not appear at all in the book. However, his appearance is purely a cameo as the set-up for the beginning of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, where Bilbo is also seen writing his book the day of his Farewell Party, and Frodo leaving to await Gandalf's arrival.
  • The Dwarves do not quite arrive at Bag End in the same manner (first Dwalin, then Balin, then both Fíli and Kíli, and then Óin, Glóin, Dori, Nori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur all at once with Gandalf; Thorin arrives significantly later) and they do not have their multi-colored hoods or beards as they did in the book.
  • Bilbo was shown to be allergic to horses.
  • The War of the Dwarves and Orcs is condensed into just the Battle of Azanulbizar (recounted by Balin in a flashback), where Thrór leads an army of Dwarves against an army of Orcs in an attempt to reclaim Moria as their home not long after the Sack of Erebor (the time between the Sack, the Battle, and the Quest of Erebor has all been somewhat reduced and compressed for these films, presumably given that Thorin was made considerably younger than he was in the book). Thrór is decapitated by Azog during the battle instead of prior to it, and Thorin cuts off Azog's left forearm, while Dáin Ironfoot (who ultimately kills Azog during the battle in the book) does not appear at all in the sequence.
  • Bilbo goes to the Trolls because they steal the Dwarves' ponies.
  • Bilbo is caught by the Trolls attempting to steal Tom's knife to set the stolen ponies free rather than being given away by William's "talking" purse.
  • The Dwarves surrender when the Trolls catch Bilbo and threaten to rip him apart instead of being overpowered and popped into bags.
  • While Bilbo does manage to set the ponies free during the Company's skirmish with the Trolls, it is the last they see of them. In the book, the Company had the ponies until reaching Rivendell.
  • Bilbo - not Gandalf - stalls the Trolls until dawn's arrival in the film. They are turned to stone when Gandalf exposes them to the sun upon his return by breaking a large boulder behind them in half with his staff.
  • The Trolls' cave is wide open, and there is no locked door blocking it.
  • In the book, Bilbo finds Sting and takes it. In the film, Gandalf comes upon it and gives it to Bilbo.
  • The group is attacked by a pack of Orcs on Wargs on the way to Rivendell just after the Trolls sequence in the film, which did not happen in the book.
  • Although Radagast the Brown is only ever briefly mentioned in the book, he does appear in this film trilogy. He is first seen discovering a darkness growing in Mirkwood and having his home ambushed by spiders. After warding them off, he follows their path to Dol Guldur where he encounters a Necromancer and the Witch-king of Angmar, with whom he briefly duels and from whom he takes its Morgul blade. He also aids the Dwarves in escaping the Orc Warg Riders near Rivendell by diverting their attention on his rabbit-pulled sled. In contrast, Tolkien never wrote of any such incidents.
  • In the film's Extended Edition, Bofur gets up and sings "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late" while the Company is dining with the Elves in Rivendell, and the other Dwarves join him. This song does not appear until The Fellowship of the Ring in the books, where Frodo sings it at the Prancing Pony.
  • Also in the Extended Edition, Kíli is shown to somewhat fancy female Elves. Tolkien never alluded to any Dwarves in Middle-earth having any romantic interest in someone of another race.
  • The leader of the Orc pack pursuing the Company on their journey is revealed to be Azog, who has survived the Battle of Azanulbizar in these films (his left forearm replaced by a spike with a claw at the end) and appears as an additional antagonist.
  • In Tolkien's writings, the White Council already knew that the Necromancer was Sauron and was at Dol Guldur during the events in The Hobbit, since Gandalf had already confirmed this 89 years earlier, and Saruman had discovered two years earlier (although he did not inform the Council of this) that Sauron had learned of Isildur's loss of the One Ring at the Gladden Fields by the river Anduin and his servants were searching the area.
  • Also at the White Council meeting, Galadriel relates how the Witch-king of Angmar, after his defeat near Fornost, had been killed and sealed in a tomb that could not be opened in the High Fells. This is a significant departure from Tolkien's writings, in which the Witch-king had not died, but fled. In fact, Glorfindel had stopped pursuit of the Witch-king and prophesied, "Do not pursue him! He will not return to these lands. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of man will he fall."[8] (This prophecy, of course, was the basis for the later dramatic moment in The Lord of the Rings in which Éowyn was able to kill the Witch-king because she was not a man.) Furthermore, per Tolkien, the White Council knew the Witch-king had not been killed because he and the rest of the Nazgûl had previously been fighting with Gondor and had captured (and presumably killed) the last King of Gondor at Minas Morgul in T.A. 2050, long after he had fled Fornost.[9]
  • When traveling along the mountain pass in the book, Bilbo and the Dwarves observe the stone Giants hurling rocks at a distance, "across the valley," whereas in the film they become unwittingly involved when the mountainside on which they are standing comes to life and joins in the 'thunder battle.'
  • It was Bilbo who alerted the party when the trap doors in the Goblin cave open in the book. In the film, the Dwarves realize this just as the ground gives way and they begin to fall into the hole.
  • In the book, Bilbo finds the One Ring by chance when his hand happens to fall upon it as he is crawling through one of the dark Goblin-town tunnels, well before he comes across Gollum. In this film, he sees Gollum fighting with a Goblin and we see Gollum drop the Ring during the fight. Bilbo then goes over, picks it up, examines it, and puts it in his pocket.
  • In the book, the Goblins only had tunnels, not rope bridges.
  • Gollum has six teeth in the book, not nine.
  • In the film, Gandalf does not use multi-colored fire when lighting the pine cones.
  • Bilbo and the Dwarves do not come down from the fir trees and charge the Goblins/Orcs and Wargs in the book once they've been trapped in them.
  • As in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf sends for the Eagles by catching a moth and giving it a message. In the book, the Eagles see the fire in the distance and fly over to investigate, and, thus, their rescue of the Company was mostly circumstantial.
  • The Eagles take the Company directly to the Carrock, bypassing the Eyrie.

[edit] Music

The score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was composed by Howard Shore, and was performed and recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.[10]

Two editions of the soundtrack was released by WaterTower Music on 11 December 2012:

The song featured in the credits to An Unexpected Journey, Song of the Lonely Mountain, was performed by Neil Finn and released 12 November 2012. It was first released on RollingStone.com.[11]

[edit] Distribution

[edit] Theatrical release

An Unexpected Journey had its world première in Wellington, New Zealand, on 28 November 2012. The film was released in cinemas in New Zealand on 12 December, 13 December in Europe, 14 December in India, Canada and United States, and 26 December in Australia.

[edit] Home media

An Unexpected Journey was released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and as a digital download on 19 March 2013.[12] The release date in the United Kingdom was 8 April.[12]

An extended edition of An Unexpected Journey includes an additional thirteen minutes of footage. It was be released in the UK on digital download on 22 October and on Blu-ray and DVD on 4 November.[13]

[edit] Promotion

[edit] Promotional posters

See also: Category:Images of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey posters
Promotional posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The first promotional poster.  
The second promotional poster.  
The third promotional poster.  
The fourth promotional poster.  


[edit] Trailers

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

Notes

  1. Conan Stevens was initially cast as Azog. (see: Peter Jackson, "Casting News for The Hobbit" dated 19 May 2011, Facebook (accessed 21 December 2011)).

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Titles and Release Dates Announced" dated 31 May 2011, The Hobbit Blog (accessed 21 December 2011)
  2. "Andy Serkis to serve as Second Unit Director" dated 08 April 2011, The Hobbit Blog (accessed 21 December 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 21 December 2011)
  4. "The Hobbit Trilogy titles and release dates" dated 02 September 2012, The Hobbit Blog (accessed 02 September 2012)
  5. "THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY" , Warner Bros. (accessed 19 November 2012)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 Brian Sibley, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Official Movie Guide (2012)
  7. Daniel Falconer, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Chronicles: Art & Design, p. 30
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A (I, iv).
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B
  10. Doug Adams, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack Album Coming December 11" dated 01 November 2012, Doug Adam's Blog (accessed 20 November 2012)
  11. "Neil Finn Reaches Epic Heights on 'Song of the Lonely Mountain' – Song Premiere" dated 12 November 2012, RollingStone.com (accessed 20 November 2012)
  12. 12.0 12.1 lilymilos, "Sneak Peek of ‘Desolation of Smaug’ on Hobbit Blu-ray" dated 06 February 2013, Middle-earth Network News (accessed 09 February 2013)
  13. Orlando Parfitt, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition deleted scene (Exclusive)" dated 31 July 2013, Yahoo Movies (accessed 19 August 2013)


Licensed film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's works
The Hobbit (1966) · The Hobbit (1977) · The Lord of the Rings (1978) · The Return of the King (1980) · The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) · The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) · The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) · The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) · The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)