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New and beautiful stills for The Hobbit have come to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly

Jul. 3, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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As pretty as these may be, I'd like them a whole lot more without all of the extra Entertainment Weekly tomfoolery going on in them - but alas, you can't always get what you want.  Except an adaptation of THE HOBBIT captained by the team who cracked LORD OF THE RINGS and crafted a series of fantasy films so impressive that they were rewarded by the Academy with a record number of Oscars.  So there's that.

And so here we are with a set of pictures from part one, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.  I'd say Gandalf, Gollum, and Middle Earth in general are truly looking better than ever.

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And because why not: "An Unexpected Journey" comprises the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy tale which follows the journey of Bilbo, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild.

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.

 THE HOBBIT begins the first half of its journey there and back again (in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D) on December 14.

Extra Tidbit: Thorin's sword looks completely badass. I want it. Though not as much as I want Narsil.

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9:43AM on 07/03/2012

Looking really good!

Still my #1 most anticipated movie of 2012. I suspect I'll be giggling like a schoolkid when the lights go down in the theatre . . . ;)
Still my #1 most anticipated movie of 2012. I suspect I'll be giggling like a schoolkid when the lights go down in the theatre . . . ;)
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8:40AM on 07/03/2012
Well, everyone and everything looks incredible no more than Gandalf, of course. And I am holding out strong that these critiques of new filming system Jackson implemented are premature. I can't imagine he'd shoot a crappy-looking film... but I can't lie that it didn't get me nervous.
Well, everyone and everything looks incredible no more than Gandalf, of course. And I am holding out strong that these critiques of new filming system Jackson implemented are premature. I can't imagine he'd shoot a crappy-looking film... but I can't lie that it didn't get me nervous.
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12:07PM on 07/03/2012
Gollum looks amazing not that he didn't look good in the LOTR, but in my opinion it looks even better.
Gollum looks amazing not that he didn't look good in the LOTR, but in my opinion it looks even better.
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12:25PM on 07/03/2012
Gandalf looks like he's in Smurf Village, hehe.
Gandalf looks like he's in Smurf Village, hehe.
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12:32AM on 07/04/2012
So far, all of the images we've seen have been a bit generic (meaning they showed characters or scenery, but nothing I could identify with a specific point in the book), but now, that one shot of the dwarves in the wine barrels, unaware of the rather wet and nasty ride down river that awaits them, suddenly brought it home to me... The Hobbit that I've loved since I was a teenager is really here.
So far, all of the images we've seen have been a bit generic (meaning they showed characters or scenery, but nothing I could identify with a specific point in the book), but now, that one shot of the dwarves in the wine barrels, unaware of the rather wet and nasty ride down river that awaits them, suddenly brought it home to me... The Hobbit that I've loved since I was a teenager is really here.
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8:59AM on 07/03/2012
The trailer i saw ahead of MiB3 looked fine, not too sharp at all. Just, you know... normal digital.
The trailer i saw ahead of MiB3 looked fine, not too sharp at all. Just, you know... normal digital.
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8:41AM on 07/03/2012
Looks good enough.

It's unfortunate though that the 48 fps may have the film looking like a daytime soap opera.
Looks good enough.

It's unfortunate though that the 48 fps may have the film looking like a daytime soap opera.
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8:12AM on 07/03/2012
Gotta give it to WETA, Gollum looks pretty photo-realistic in that last shot.
Gotta give it to WETA, Gollum looks pretty photo-realistic in that last shot.
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10:14AM on 07/03/2012
the eyes still seem dead though
the eyes still seem dead though
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