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I’m beginning to believe that Hobbits have as many TV spots as they have daily meals. Everyday seems to bring another one out of the Shire and onto your television screen. This is the sixth TV spot so far for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, so if my “TV-spot-to-Hobbit-meal” hypothesis is correct, we’ve got one more to go.

I’m willing to be that even with everything we’ve been given a glimpse of so far, we’ve seen NOTHING yet. Everything points to this movie being another triumph for Peter Jackson and company.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey makes it’s way onto movie screens on December 14th!

Peter Jackson‘s production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released a slue of character stills and we’re happy to bring them to you. There are more characters than you can shake a stick at in this movie so I imagine that next year’s convention trivia contests will have you name each of the dwarfs.

Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori.

Try saying that five times fast . . . standing on one foot . . . patting your head . . . and spinning in place. I find that it helps if you say the names to the tune of Three Blind Mice . . .
Fili, Kili, Oin.
Gloin, Thorin, Dwalin.
That’s makes six, only seven to go.
Balin, Bifur, Bofur, and old Bombur.
That’s four down, only three to go.
Dori, Nori, Ori.

After the gallery there is a semi spoiler-ish wrap around picture that some have said would spoil the cutoff of the first film’s ending. If you’ve read the books then there’s not much of anything that could spoil the plot, but just in case you don’t want to know . . . don’t look.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters on December 14th, 2012.



News about the Hobbit is like playing Telephone with 4 down syndrome kids. The right information might not go down the line exactly as you hoped but in the end, we are all winners for hearing those goofy bastards speak (sorry for the insensitive handicap joke but we are bastards, it’s our namesake). While the news of what’s happening with the Hobbit films (studio financial woes, who’s director, who’s starring…etc.) is being kicked around like a tornado made of shit (shit tornadoes are the worst) production preparations are still being made under the assumption that things will un-shit themselves. In this facet, we know that Peter Jackson has been making some rounds on a casting tour, auditioning actors for certain roles. We haven’t really heard much of this, until now. It appears that Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy (former Doctor Who) is in negotiations to join the film. He told Argyllshire Standard the following:

Mr McCoy told the Standard that contrary to widespread Internet rumors, he’s not vying for the role of Bilbo in The Hobbit (due to start filming next year) – but is one of two actors being considered for one of the wizard parts.

“I am being cast in The Hobbit,” he said. “We’re currently in negotiations – there are two of us under consideration. It’s not the Bilbo role, but could be bigger.”

Well certainly he’s not up for the role of Gandalf. Replace Ian McKellen, who would do such a thing? Being that McKellan is most likely to reprise his role, what other Wizard could McCoy be up for? Word around the LOTR water cooler (ala the onering.net) speculates the role is for the character Radagast the Brown.

Radagast the Brown is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. He is one of the Istari or Wizards who were sent by the angelic Valar to aid the Elves and Men of Middle-earth in their struggle against the Dark Lord Sauron. Radagast appears in The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, and is mentioned in The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

Huh, sounds like good casting to us. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.