New images from The Hobbit

And Peter Jackson talks the adaptation process

The Hobbit has revealed several new images in Entertainment Weekly's annual Comic-Con edition, with Bilbo, Gandalf, Galadriel and the Dwarves all getting a little more exposure.

Our favourite is probably the shot of Gandalf in the Shire, which looks as though it hasn't changed a bit in the decade or so since we last visited. There's also an atmospheric shot inside Gollum's cave, with a worried-looking Bilbo clutching hold of Sting for dear life.

Meanwhile, Peter Jackson has been discussing how he's fleshed out some of the book's minor characters in order to give them more of a substantial part on the big screen.

"In the movie we want these characters to have storylines and a little more substance than they do in the book," he said. "Almost everything we’re doing is from Tolkien somewhere, whether it’s in the book or the subsequent development that wasn’t published in The Hobbit itself."

Sir Ian McKellen has also been talking about the project, making the point that for a lot of younger fans, it will be their first opportunity to experience Midddle-earth in the cinema.

"A lot of people weren’t even born when we were filming Lord Of The Rings and only know the movies from watching them on DVD," he says. "They’ll see Middle-earth on the big screen in The Hobbit, and I guarantee there will be a lot of minds blown wide apart."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in the UK on 14 December 2012. In the meantime, you can check out the new images below (and become a fan of The Hobbit UK on Facebook).

What do you think of the new images? Tell us below!


    • ilikescifi

      Jul 3rd 2012, 8:20

      the barrels!

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    • SiMan

      Jul 3rd 2012, 12:44

      Cannot believe how good a job they've done at recreating the look of LOTR a decade on. I know its more or less the same people involved, but the fact that these shots (and the bits from teh trailer) look like they are deleted scenes from the original trilogy is amazing. Wish more films could do this. I always hate it when a new director comes onboard and totally changes the 'look' of a film's universe.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 3rd 2012, 20:04

      Gollum looks different, he looks more CGI this time.

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    • Biderbeck

      Jul 4th 2012, 20:57

      Looks great. Gollum looks exactly the same, cept a bit "fresher"

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    • FBSHeldberg

      Jul 10th 2012, 4:12

      I agree completely, can anyone really find a better vision for the new film? Gandalf is part of the air the story breaths and that is not something easily dismissed; it's beautiful how the new poster captures the essence of his interactions in the Shire. Then, I saw the hobbits in the barrels, and I was rolling; another perfect piece of imagery that fits like a puzzle. I actually do spend much of my time traveling on business for Dish, so I hope to get a chance to see "The Hobbit in theaters. If not, if I do subscribe to Blockbuster @Home giving me fast release when it come to Blu-ray. Regardless, I'm super excited for the next installment of this epic tale even if I'm chained to my laptop; has anyone studied the cast? This is going to be epic!

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