The Hobbit shows off it's Sting


The Hobbit shows off it's Sting
Bilbo looks serious in new still from The Hobbit
The road goes ever on as the epic production for The Hobbit unveils a new image.

Born from the award winning ashes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which decimated all comers at the 2005 Academy Awards, The Hobbit is a blockbuster retelling of JRR Tolkien’s 1937 story about a diminutive chap called Bilbo Baggins who heads out on an extraordinary adventure with a band of dwarfs and the mysterious Gandalf. Their journey will take them across Middle Earth, through the trails and dangers of Mirkwood and Laketown and finally to the Lonely Mountain where a dragon called Smaug awaits atop a legendary pile of treasure.

The Hobbit, perhaps fittingly, has made an uncertain journey into principal photography, suffering the loss of original director Guillermo del Toro and plagued by the continuing financial troubles of studio MGM. Peter Jackson took over directing duties, to the relief of many, and things are now proceedings at a frenetic pace in order to hit a December 2012 release date.

The LA Times has just released a new image from the upcoming film which shows younger Bilbo (Martin Freeman) crouching with his highly effective sword Sting after what looks like an arachnid encounter in the dark depths of Mirkwood. The style looks very much in keeping with the original films and with Jackson not only embracing 3D but also managing to be one of the first directors to shoot at 48 frames per second. The doubled frame rate means much smoother motion, though it will of course depend on your theatres ability to project at that speed.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Jackson is also shooting Hobbit sequel There and Back Again at the same time – setting it up for a December 2013 release. This second film is said to bridge the gap between The Hobbit and the timeline of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, setting up audiences for a massive five movie, potentially 15 hour viewing experience!

The Hobbit is in cinemas from the 14th of December 2012.

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