Head Back to the Shire in the New Trailer for ‘The Hobbit’ (Video)

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Oh how we’ve missed the Shire. Peter Jackson, you’ve done it once again. At long last, a new image and the full length trailer for the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have been released.

The movie follows Bilbo Baggins (perfectly played by Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellan), 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 ofguile 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: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters December 14th, 2012. That’s almost a year away…why must we wait so long?

Watch the trailer for the movie below. You can also watch it on iTunes.