On September 19th (or the 20th, depending on your timezone!) Warner Brothers finally released the second official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. What followed was a world of fans exploding in joy. We here at TheOneRing.net were equally giddy and now, after some time digesting, we offer our first frame-by-frame look at the trailer’s content. Expect more in-depth trailer reviews and analysis here at TORn over the coming days.
Find the trailer online at Apple.com and TheHobbit.com. If you didn’t already know, TheHobbit.com has alternate endings for your viewing pleasure as well! We’ll add those to this frame-by-frame very soon.
The following screen caps and commentary are not confirmed and only speculation by the staff at TheOneRing.net. We plan on providing additional updates and insights as staff chime in – so keep this page bookmarked!
And a special note: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! And Click the images to see larger versions
Gandalf: Far to the East, over ranges and rivers…
Elessar: Another beautiful look at what New Zealand has to offer.
Calisuri: One of the days, we all need to get our butts to Middle-earth…err…New Zealand. Simply breathtaking.
JW: You can tell in this trailer that they’re making it known that New Zealand is back as Middle-earth, an important selling point, as New Zealand was as much a cast member as any of the people in The Lord of the Rings films, and people will come back to see more of it as MIddle-earth in the Hobbit films. Just imagine how different things would be if those plans to move production away from New Zealand would have happened! We’re so fortunate everything worked out for this project to be done the right way.
Rumour grows of a shadow in the east, whispers of a nameless fear. In Dol Guldur, an ancient evil lurks?
Elessar: Dol Guldur look as creepy from a distance as I could have imagined it would look.
Calisuri: Wow – what an amazingly well conceived view of Dol Guldur. Very similar to Weathertop, but much cooler!
Calisuri: Pretty sure we could not get through a trailer without some kind of ‘running’ across a landscape shot.
Entmaiden: very reminiscent of the moment between Frodo and Gandalf in Fellowship. Nice shot to bring the audience back into Middle-earth. Of course, some of us never left 🙂
Thror’s Map of the Lonely Mountain is revealed.
Entmaiden: the Map! So excited. I saw the display at Comic Con at the WETA booth, and it is indeed awesome.
Calisuri: I’m expecting a lot of stockings to be stuffed with map replicas this holiday season! Now if they can get the Moon Letters to work, they’ll make an additional billion dollars!
JW: I was so excited eleven years ago to see this map in The Lord of the Rings – especially to have Gandalf look at it with such interest. Glad to see it in the trailer, and it will be fun to see it in use in The Hobbit films.
A dwarf company on the move.
Thorin Oakenshield is their leader.
Garfeimao: Thorin leading Oin, Balin and Dwalin and the rest on a dash across this plain. Thorin looks determined, but both he and Oin do appear to be looking at something up, maybe it’s Gandalf directly ahead of them, since he’s taller.
Calisuri: A long way from the initial Klingon view of Thorin!
Garfeimao: Thorin pulls up short, and both he and Oin are now definitely looking at something, and appear to be a tad bit concerned.
Calisuri: Thanks to the folks making The Hobbit Happen!
A long time ago when there was more green and less noise…
Magpie: I think Hobbiton looks even more lovely here than in LOTR. I’m enchanted with the network of paths you can see in a couple of shots. It seems to indicate that people visit each other often.
It’s hard to tell, but there are two gents that look like they are wrestling on the left. It doesn’t last long enough to get a sense of movement in the trailer and they might be greeting each other. There’s a woman walking that looks like she’s carrying a net of some sort. Like a butterfly net. And there’s another person with a long haired white animal. If I had to guess, I’d guess a sheep.
The houses we can see at the bottom of the hill with one red door and one yellow door (or is this just two doors for one house?)- the yellow door would be the Gamgees, correct? [Image]
Calisuri: Check out the Green Dragon there – anyone up for a pint?!
At home in Bag End with a very private Hobbit!
Garfeimao: I really do love how how Bilbo’s face is framed in the window, and will revel in the detail of the fabric his vest is made out of.
Is anybody home?
Magpie: It’s fun to compare this image with this one in FOTR – Click here
Garfeimao: Oooh, more costume details, woohoo. So the vest is gold toned with deeper shade in the floral pattern of the silk brocade, but the tie is also a brocade, it appears. And it’s greenish, and is tied more like a cravat than a tie. And of course, the comfy cotton or muslin shirt, there should be lots of quality Bilbo’s by December.