It’s already old news, but here’s the first official trailer for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This is part one of two films telling the story (with some additions) of Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
The Hobbit was the first real book I ever read, and the one that made me fall in loving with reading. More importantly, it led me to The Lord of the Rings, the discovery of which was undeniably one of the most influential experiences of my young life. There are Hobbit people (those who prefer this earlier, more whimsical story) and Lord of the Rings people (those who prefer the more adult-oriented masterpiece). Hobbit people generally view The Lord of the Rings as a somewhat dry, overlong epitaph to the simple adventure story that made their young eyes sparkle with wonder; Lord of the Rings people generally view The Hobbit as a children’s book, a delightful story that nonetheless pales in comparison to the grandeur of its epic successor.