The first of the movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is set to reach theaters in mid-December, so the news about it is starting to ramp up. The biggest news, of course, is that the movie pair was recently expanded into a trilogy. The three movies will be subtitled, in order, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug (the newly-added title), and There and Back Again. A new trailer has been released, and I think it convinced me to go to a movie theater for the first time in five years.
The trailer was released with multiple final scenes, which have been compiled by an enterprising Youtube user.
New Zealand, where the movies were being filmed, is preparing to take full advantage of the hype the movies are generating with an ad campaign for Middle-Earth-themed tourism.
I wanted to have a punchline here, but I don’t think I’ll be able to come up with anything funnier than the “Have a Hobbit’s Holiday” slogan.