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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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
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
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 and will be followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again in 2014.



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]


See also: The Hobbit (film series)#People involved
Actor Role
Richard Armitage Thorin[6]
Manu Bennett Azog
Cate Blanchett Galadriel[6]
Jed Brophy Nori[6]
Adam Brown Ori[6]
John Callen Óin[6]
Benedict Cumberbatch The Necromancer
Martin Freeman Bilbo Baggins[6]
Mark Hadlow Dori[6]
Peter Hambleton Glóin[6]
Ian Holm Older Bilbo Baggins[6]
Barry Humphries Goblin King[6]
Stephen Hunter Bombur[6]
William Kircher Bifur[6]
Christopher Lee Saruman the White
Sylvester McCoy Radagast the Brown[6]
Ian McKellen Gandalf the Grey[6]
Graham McTavish Dwalin[6]
Mike Mizrahi Thráin
James Nesbitt Bofur[6]
Dean O'Gorman Fíli[6]
Lee Pace Thranduil
Andy Serkis Gollum[6]
Conan Stevens Bolg[6]
Ken Stott Balin[6]
Jeffrey Thomas Thrór
Aidan Turner Kíli[6]
Hugo Weaving Elrond[6]
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins[6]


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.[7]

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[8]


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.

Home media

An Unexpected Journey was released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and as a digital download on 19 March 2013.[9] The release date in the United Kingdom was 8 April.[9]

An extended edition of An Unexpected Journey is expected to include an additional thirteen minutes of footage. It will be released in the UK on digital download on 22 October and on Blu-ray and DVD on 4 November.[10]

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.  


See also

External links


  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 8 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 2 September 2012, The Hobbit Blog (accessed 2 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. Doug Adams, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack Album Coming December 11" dated 1 November 2012, Doug Adam's Blog (accessed 20 November 2012)
  8. "Neil Finn Reaches Epic Heights on 'Song of the Lonely Mountain' – Song Premiere" dated 12 November 2012, (accessed 20 November 2012)
  9. 9.0 9.1 lilymilos, "Sneak Peek of ‘Desolation of Smaug’ on Hobbit Blu-ray" dated 6 February 2013, Middle-earth Network News (accessed 9 February 2013)
  10. 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)