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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' gets two TV spots (+ video)

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Two new TV spots for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” show more of the plot of the film and reference the film’s 3-D format.

The first film in the planned trilogy will tell the story of Bilbo, “Lord of the Rings” protagonist Frodo’s cousin, and how Bilbo joins a company of dwarves who want to take back their ancestral kingdom. The wizard Gandalf, a main character in “Lord of the Rings,” encourages him to do so and accompanies the group on their journey.

The first trailer, which is 34 seconds long, begins with the famous line that starts the “Hobbit” book: “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”

“The world is not in your books and maps,” wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) tells the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). “It’s out there.”

The trailer shows Gandalf in a tree, waving his staff, as well as the group being pursued by wolf-like creatures known as wargs, Bilbo being threatened by trolls and fighting with the sword, Sting, which is later inherited by his nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood), and a glimpse of Gollum (Andy Serkis) shrieking.

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