The first of the three Hobbit movies is still a couple months away (with a Dec. 14 release date) but director Peter Jackson is making sure us fans are getting a good dose of Hobbit lore before then. Reel Movie Nation is happy to bring you four new images of hobbits, wizards, dwarfs, and whatever Gollum is. I guess Gollum’s technically a hobbit? Bit transformed from the rest, though. Anyway, whatever he is, he gets a whole banner pretty much to himself:
There he is, in his nice cozy home. In the background you see Bilbo (Martin Freeman) with his knife/sword (call it a knife if you’re an elf, call it a sword if you’re a halfling.) It’s glowing, which must mean orcs or goblins are near!
Moving on to a more cheerful picture, we have Bilbo and the dwarfs having quite a feast with Gandalf. I’m guessing this is their first get-together and they’re merrily planning their journey — quite oblivious to the trials ahead.
Hard to tell who’s who. Their names don’t help much: Fili (Dean O’Gorman), Kili (Aidan Turner), Oin (John Callen), Gloin (Peter Hambleton), Dwalin (Graham McTavish), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Balin (Ken Stott), Bifur (William Kircher), Bofur (James Nesbitt), Bombur (Stephen Hunter), Dori (Mark Hadlow), Nori (Jed Brophy), and Ori (Adam Brown). I’m sure even the truest fan gets them mixed up sometimes. For this banner, there’s only seven of them (it’d look awful crowded if the scene had them all.) Thorin Oakenshield is the leader of the gang, standing right next to Gandalf and looking all regal and stuff. Kili’s the cute one, he’s on Gandalf’s other side holding the mug. Gloin’s the redhead in the foreground of the picture. The rest sort of run together for me, but Dwalin’s across the table from Bombur, Fili’s next to him, Oin’s in front of Thorin and Nori’s between Kili and Gloin. I’m almost positive I got that right.
Here they are in a much more trying time. I love the background in this one. Seriously, just look at that big ol’ moon, the mountain, the cloudy sky — even that craggy tree branch on the left adds perfectly to the overall atmosphere of this one:
Last but not least of the banners, we have everyone’s favorite wizard. Well, maybe — I think the debate of Gandalf vs. Dumbledore will rage on for all time. But he’s certainly Middle Earth’s favorite wizard. Here’s Ian McKellen as Gandalf:
Personally, with each new image I get more and more excited. Partly because one of my favorite books is coming to life, but mostly because I think I may be in love with Kili.
What do you guys think? Will you be catching the midnight release? Who’s your favorite dwarf?