Back in June, Pixar’s Brave held host in the States to a slightly new version of the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and now several weeks later, that new version has finally made its way online!

Featuring three main new snippets of footage, the trailer is mostly just an excuse for us all to bask in the glory of Peter Jackson’s work, and to remind us that this mammoth of a blockbuster is heading our way at the end of the year.

Just a few days ago, Jackson confirmed that he had been officially given the go-ahead to go back and shoot more footage to turn the films into a trilogy, so we have not one, not two, but three blockbusters coming our way over the next few years in our return to Middle-earth.

“The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, 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, 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.”

Martin Freeman will be taking the lead as the young Bilbo Baggins, with a host of new and familiar faces alike joining him along his journey, headed up by Andy Serkis, Stephen Fry, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, and Christopher Lee.

For the most part, the two trailers are largely identical, but this new alternate version reveals three little snippets before the second trailer hits:

  • 0:23 – An extended look at Bilbo as Gandalf arrives
  • 1:57 – Bilbo hiding behind a tree in Mirkwood
  • 1:59 – Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves running through a forest

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on 14th December in the US and UK, and we’re naturally all expecting the box office to somewhat explode come Christmas, with an incredible line-up coming our way this December. Whilst we wait, here’s the new look at the trailer.

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Source: Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads up.