New banner artwork and White Council poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
There's just over two months to go until Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-earth for the first of his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit, and now the official Facebook page has released four new banners for the hotly-anticipated first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which you can check out right here
Meanwhile, earlier this week a new promo poster also arrived online via Filmcells, which gives us a look at White Council members Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) meeting in Rivendell.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey stars Martin Freeman in the lead role as Bilbo Baggins, along with a huge ensemble cast that includes Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner. Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy are Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo Baggins, Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins and Andy Serkis as Gollum.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released on December 14th, while The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens on December 13th, 2013 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again concludes the saga on July 18th, 2014.
Source (with poster and artwork): Flickering Myth
Scottish quote of the week: Billy Boyd on Hobbits and Scots
Scottish actor Billy Boyd was born in 1968 in Glasgow and is best known for playing hobbit Peregrin “Pippin” Tookin in the film adaptations of J.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings series.
Boyd worked as a bookbinder for several years before embarking on his acting career, and one of the books he bound was The Lord of the Rings.
The films were shot in director Peter Jackson’s native New Zealand, a country whose landscape is often compared to that of Scotland, and many of whose people are descended from Scots, lending an extra dimension to Boyd’s comparison of Scottish people and hobbits:
“Hobbits are a lot like Scots. It’s all about nature and enjoying their land, which is a very Scottish thing” – Billy Boyd