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First Hobbit trailer: TORn’s frame-by-frame analysis

December 23, 2011 at 2:46 am by newsfrombree  - 

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On December 20th 2011 at approximately 10pm ET/7pm PT, Warner Brothers released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. What followed was a world of fans exploding in joy. We here at were equally giddy and now, after some time digesting, we offer our complete and detailed frame-by-frame look at the trailer.

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The following screen caps and commentary are not confirmed and only speculation by the staff at

And a special note: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! And Click the images to see larger versions

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“My dear Frodo. You asked me once if I had told you
everything there was to know about my adventures. “

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins is greeted by Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins

Random note: A welcome shot for fans of the original film trilogy. Nothing like seeing Eljiah and Ian back on a Hobbit set!

Calisuri: Is it me, or do Hobbit feet look a lot bigger this time around?

Demosthenes: No admittance — except on party business! This is part of the flashback scene that we’ve heard about as the link point between the events of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. If Frodo isn’t off to find Gandalf, I’ll eat my hat.

Earl: That’s definitely not Ian Holm standing on the porch. It seems to me this is Martin Freeman… I have a feeling that over the course of the films we’ll get to see a “morph” of Martin Freeman’s young Bilbo into Ian Holm’s old Bilbo.

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“While I can honestly say I have told you the truth …”

Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in Bag End

DemosthenesIt sounds almost as if Bilbo is reading from a letter. Perhaps it’s even the letter he left for Frodo with the One Ring.

MrCere: I find this trailer full of echos of the LOTR trilogy.  I doubt it is accidental, but perhaps it is a result of the style of the filmmaker.  They are subtle but they are evident in shots like this.

Quickbeam: Similar shot from FOTR where Bilbo writes what will become the Red Book of Westmarch, except this nighttime shot helps us realize the character is there all day and all night working!

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” … I may not have told you all of it.”

Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins

Demosthenes: The older Bilbo (Holm) looks troubled that he has in part deceived Frodo about his youthful adventures.

MrCere: I think it is a wise move to have Ian Holm on screen to help viewers make the transition from one actor to another.  Rather than shy away from it, it has been embraced and at least for this trailer, it works very well.


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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Calisuri: Since the Hobbit rumors began, fan consensus has been that Martin would make an amazing Bilbo. Proof is in the pudding. Love it

DemosthenesBilbo outside Bag End blowing smoke rings. Is that a hint of a smoke ring? Anyway, we are sure the Chief Medical Officer (Surgeon General, if you prefer) does not approve.

maegwen:  Bilbo meets Gandalf, “Good morning!” “Good morning!” I am very pleased with Martin Freeman’s Bilbo. Freeman is such a distinctive actor, I wondered how well he could lose himself in Bilbo’s “skin” and I think — from what we’ve seen — he’s surpassed expectations. Great actor, great Bilbo.

Quickbeam: Professor Tolkien tells us that hobbits have a penchant for wearing bright colors, “chiefly green and yellow.”

Tehanu: Notice all the hobbit fabrics have a leaf/flower/vegetation motif. I like that detail – it reflects the hobbits’ nature-loving nature.


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“I’m looking for someone to share in an adventure”

Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey

Click for Larger VersionRandom note: Gandalf’s staff changes in shape throughout the LOTR films. In the Hobbit trailer it appears more furled than later in the trilogy. See image to the right.

Calisuri: He doesn’t look a day older than FOTR to me!

Demosthenes: Gandalf’s about to make Bilbo an offer he cannot refuse — something likely to make Bilbo late for many dinners.

Quickbeam: The difference in Gandalf’s staff seems to suggest a tree, or flowering plant, that is actually ALIVE — steadily opening up over the years. Since this earlier staff is more closed, his later FOTR staff seems to have “grown” or “botanically advanced.”

* Screencaps of Gandalf’s staves courtesy of TORn staffer, Magpie

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64 responses to “First Hobbit trailer: TORn’s frame-by-frame analysis”

  1. Mwirkk says:

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    Demosthenes: Bilbo opens the door and many dwarves fall through the door. It looks like they arrive all at once, not in duos and trios.
    maegwen: As I suspected, the dwarves do arrive en-masse…
    MrCere:  Do not be too hasty with your assumptions Team TORn!  I think the dwarves here have been listening to a conversation between Bilbo and Gandalf. They don’t fall because they are knocking at the door and it opens, they fall because they have been carefully listening, ear to wood.
    maegwen: I have to follow up, MrCere. Bilbo is wearing a bathrobe in this scene but in none of the others. It suggests he was at home relaxing when suddenly guests arrive. Also, in the shots of Bilbo and Gandalf conversing, he’s not wearing the bathrobe.
    I count only 8 heads falling thru the doorway. So I’m hoping that the other 5 arrived previously, 1 by 2 by 2, and bringing in the rest is merely an economy that speeds things along while still preserving the original humour. 🙂

  2. Vexx801 says:

    My thoughts as well. Considering other possible “hooks,” I think a good way to end it would be the imprisonment. I do wonder, however, if the first film will end with a shot zooming out of Mirkwood and giving us a brief glimpse at Erebor. We’ll likely see Erebor at some point in the first film anyway, if a flashback is somehow involved, but I wonder if that may be part of the ending shot, harkening back to the shots of Mt. Doom in the LOTR trilogy.

  3. Skulldeath says:

    Maybe I can tolerate one of the dwarves with a axe stuck in their head but if they try to write in a love story between Gandalf and Galadriel I don’t think I’ll be able to watch this movie.
    They put in a lot of Arwen / Aragorn love story in the trilogy at the cost of Tom Bombadil and Glorfindel but this will be going to far.
    Okay, maybe I’ll watch it once and maybe twice if there’s an extended edition but definitely not thrice.

  4. Mishlen Linden says:

    Ummm….shouldn’t someone mention Howard Shore???

  5. Star says:

    I think Bombur’s UFO (unidentified food object) is actually a pickle. It doesn’t look like a sausage to me at all.

  6. Star says:

    I think Bombur’s UFO (unidentified food object) is actually a pickle. It doesn’t look like a sausage to me at all.

  7. Star says:

    I think Bombur’s UFO (unidentified food object) is actually a pickle. It doesn’t look like a sausage to me at all.

  8. Jolivhanna says:

    whatever, whatever

  9. Erica McGinnis says:

    All I can say is “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!”
    I’m super excited, The Hobbit is my favorite book and this movie looks fantastic so far. Martin Freeman makes an excellent Bilbo!

  10. Johncarter says:

    just because the trailer shows a lot of bag end doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of the film will take place there. my suspicion is that peter jackson wanted to open up this first film using a lot of the introductions as a majority of the trailer to give the audience a sense of comfort. i think the relatively low amount of action was intentional. there are a lot of characters that could have been introduced but were not and a lot of key events that were also left out. i think this is a good strategy in order to captivate us for when we really see this movie.

  11. Ryan Togioka says:

    Re: Bilbo and Gandalf

    based on the clothes he’s wearing in the scene, this moment comes after Bilbo’s berating somebody (“I just can’t go off into the blue! I’m a Baggin’s go Bag End!”). Since he’s likely being grump toward Gandalf (can you imagine him speaking that way to Thorin?), I think he’ll be plenty peeved that his conch potato lifestyle is ending and there will be quite a bit of early antagonism between him and Gandalf.

  12. Svenlieven says:

    It’s the Trollshaws

  13. Svenlieven says:

    Has anyone noticed that in Peter Jackson’s “Rise up Christchurch” video several stunt doubles can be seen practicing a scene? There’s somebody dressed in brown robes hitting another stunt double with a staff (presumably Radagast) and someone carrying a wooden mace. My guess is that the mace is Sauron’s. I get the impression that Dol Guldur’s style is somewhat more related to the Barad-dûr than just an ordinary orc fortress like Cirith-Ungol.

  14. Silmefea says:

    The Istari Mithrandir (Gandalf) and Aiwendil (Radagast) were sent to Middle Earth by a Valar and given the shapes of old men. So these are not their natural shapes. Mithrandir was Galadriel’s favorite. I think it is conceivable that there is some amount of romance there, though I would consider it more likely there is the familiarity of a long close friends. After all, how familiar would you be with a friend by whose side you have crossed millenia? We shall see.

    In the scene in Dol Guldur, I believe the sound is not that of a chain snapping, but that of Glamdring’s tip hitting the stones of the road. I have done this with my own sword and it makes much the same sound.

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