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Riddles In The Dark: Five Scenes We Can’t Wait To See In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

After what feels like nearly a life-age of the earth, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is finally coming to a theatre near you - and thank Gandalf's beard that the man who made the The Lord of the Rings trilogy so special has returned to helm these prequel stories. And in three glorious parts, too! So far the marketing team behind the upcoming film have proven to be extremely generous with tidbits: they even released the entire soundtrack as a stream earlier this week, and we have to say it sounds incredible. The tracklisting also hinted as to some plot points that are sure to make it into the movie.

1. Meet The Dwarves

This is where it all begins, with Bilbo’s introduction to those companions who will join him and Gandalf on their quest to reclaim treasure from the dragon Smaug. There are thirteen Dwarves in total (Thorin Oakenshield, Gloin, Óin, Ori, Nori, Dori, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur), and no doubt Jackson has relished the chance to give each member of the group their own distinct personalities (not to mention fighting skills). They arrive at Bilbo’s house in a hilariously clumsy manor, falling through the front door at the stunned hobbit’s feet.

Although the dwarves have been given a comical slant in the trailers thus far, we’ve also glimpsed a haunting, melancholic moment as they come together to sing “Misty Mountains” before setting out on the perilous journey. All the dwarves look great (from what we’ve seen), and we can’t wait to see how Jackson handles a fellowship of such large proportions. He did exceedingly well with a group of nine in The Lord of the Rings: let’s hope he grants us the opportunity to tell them all apart by the time the first film comes to a close.

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T.J. Barnard