The brand new THE HOBBIT photos have made an unexpected journey onto the web

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Away with this speak like a pirate day nonsense! Who wants to celebrate lawlessness, dandruff and scurvy anyway? It’s Hobbit week, and as promised, director Peter Jackson has a few new treats for loyal fans, after the jump.

Man, Galadriel still looks fantastic after a nine year gap when viewed through a soft focus lens. But so far, the visuals and New Zealand landscape look stunning for the upcoming trilogy.

There’s a new trailer on the way, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well.

In the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel, Bilbo Baggins is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit is out at the end of this year.

Last Updated: September 19, 2012

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