‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: First TV Spot Begins Bilbo’s Adventure (VIDEO)

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Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen in costume.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is almost here — but first, the highly-anticipated film’s TV spot is coming to small screens.

Between sweeping shots of the fantastical Middle-earth and action-packed fight sequences, the 30-second spot introduces J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary tale of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), a once-solitary hobbit who is reluctantly swept into an epic quest with dwarves to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The movie — starring Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood alongside Freeman — will be the first of three Hobbit films from director Peter Jackson.

The franchise is set in the fictional realm of Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his film-making team adapted for the big screen in the Oscar-winning blockbuster trilogy.

Though The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t hit theaters until Dec. 14, the world is already gearing up for the abundance of fanfare. American dinner chain Denny’s is launching a Middle-earth-inspired menu, serving up dishes like “Gandalf’s Gobble Melt” and “Hobbit Harvest Pies.” And in New Zealand, the Hobbit characters will adorn commemorative coins, due out on Nov. 1.

The second and third films, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, are set for release Decemeber 13, 2013, and July 18, 2014, respectively. Watch the trailer for Jackson’s newest tale above.

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