Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the much anticipated teaser trailer for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, the first in the two-part epic from director Peter Jackson adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s enduringly popular masterpiece, The Hobbit.

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Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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 Oakenshield.

Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released beginning December 14, 2012. The second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for release the following year, beginning December 13, 2013. facebook.com/TheHobbitUK