Now, after years of rumors, lawsuits and perhaps what could be some of the biggest financial gambles in American cinema, the story will come to life on the big screen.
The first film in the “Hobbit” trilogy, “An Unexpected Journey,” opens on December 14, 2012. The second film, “The Desolation of Smaug,” follows in 2013, and the third and final installment, “There and Back Again,” opens in 2014.
If you can’t wait to get your “Hobbit” fix, check out this magical gallery of images and be sure to watch this sneak peek. As the brilliant Ian McKellen‘s character Gandalf advises the Hobbit, “The world is not in your books and maps — it’s out there.”