Check out some new stills from first installment of Peter Jackson's new Middle Earth trilogy, which give us our first clear look at a character who looks set to have his profile raised considerably from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, Bolg the Orc Chieftain..

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th.

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Filed Under "Fantasy" 10/22/2012 Source: Tolkiendrim.com
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soberchimera - 10/22/2012, 2:03 PM
The [frick]?
TheGambitFreak - 10/22/2012, 2:05 PM
Looks more Evil Dead and less Middle Earth.
santoanderson - 10/22/2012, 2:09 PM
Sheeit! What the hell is that?
KaneVonDoom - 10/22/2012, 2:12 PM
Gwar's new guitarist?
soberchimera - 10/22/2012, 2:12 PM
Looks like one of Gimli's ex-wives!!!

Feedthemachine - 10/22/2012, 2:15 PM
Not liking the orc/goblin direction in these films. More Del Toro than Tolkien.
Shua - 10/22/2012, 2:16 PM
I trust Peter Jackson. Period.
AlcoholicA - 10/22/2012, 2:29 PM
Pretty sweet Brute, uh, I mean ORC chieftain.
Dechiriko - 10/22/2012, 2:35 PM
sort of lika an ewok after unemployment
BruceWayneNewton - 10/22/2012, 2:57 PM
I like it a lot
darin1174 - 10/22/2012, 3:01 PM
@shua, I'm with you on that. After the previous trilogy how can anyone doubt Jackson?
m73 - 10/22/2012, 3:19 PM
Jackson is making visualised cinematic entertainment for those who would probably never read the books. He attempted successfully commercially and artistically to film an incredibly unfilmable series of books into something everyone could enjoy and understand without learning another language or consulting a glossary. Have some [frick]ing respect.
Battabing - 10/22/2012, 3:21 PM
Is that character Stephen Colbert is portraying?
He's in this movie, y'know.
caveman - 10/22/2012, 3:38 PM
Looks great!
Ranger14 - 10/22/2012, 3:43 PM
"The Misty Mountain GOBLINS are smaller than orcs! They have to ride wargs, hell, I'd bet this damn thing would have to ride an ox!"

Umm, this is the Orc Chieftain, not a goblin and the Orcs appear to be much larger than the goblin minions we have seen images of. The Great Goblin (Goblin King) is typically illustrated as being larger than the goblin minions, so I don't know what the issue would be with him looking the way he does either. If anyone knows anything about the Great Goblin and his role in the book, I wouldn't expect to see much of him in the film, but if they do give him more time, I don't have any challenge with that.

Still not seeing how Jackson is so far off from the source. It would be terrible to show actual giants throwing down boulders from the mountain when there were were rock giants throwing down boulders on the party in the source...oh...wait a minute. :-P
MCott - 10/22/2012, 3:49 PM
I will admit that in appearing, this thing is freakin' awesome. But It feels innaccurate. I read LOTR and the ORCs and goblins aren't as monstrous as Jackson depicts them to be...mind you they are still monstrous.
HachibiTheMC - 10/22/2012, 3:51 PM
Thumbs up.

Im liking this version of Bolg. Can't wait to see him go toe-to-claw with Beorn.

Glad Im not up Tolkiens ass so much that it makes me throw a hissy fit at Jackson's interpretation. In fact, I've found it to be fairly accurate.

I'll still go see the film, and enjoy it.

Of course, I don't sit around w/ magic card players losing at life dissecting the silmarillion...so, yeah.
RorMachine - 10/22/2012, 4:02 PM
Splenda, lol.

Yes, Bolg is in the book, though he's only really brought up a couple of times, and then appears in the battle of teh five armies where he us


Killed by Beorn. Also, there is a passage that describes the Rock Giants throwing boulders at each other.
FoxForce5 - 10/22/2012, 4:18 PM
"Uh, anyone who actually READ the Lord of the Rings can doubt Jackson eternally." - Splenda

Sorry, mate but that is dubiously incorrect. One needs to understand the structural differences between film and literature and, as it were, Peter Jackson made about as faithful an adaptation as could possibly have been achieved.

Yes, even I am uncomfortable with things like Glorfindel's role being replaced by Arwen but I understand the structural reasoning and if a LOTR fan can't... Well then, tough!

No disrespect, Sir.
Boogie138 - 10/22/2012, 4:24 PM
wow. little calm for a flame war. wait its monday. forgiven people, forgiven.
sansClaymore - 10/22/2012, 4:27 PM
they saw the giants throwing boulders at the lightning far off in the valley below but nothing in the book to suggest the scene we see in the trailer where it looks as though they are being attacked. nonetheless i know the books, i know the movies, i know the deviations for the sake of film are not faithful to the source but when all is said and done i will still watch and enjoy them for what they are, "adaptations of" an epic written tale .
BlueDemon - 10/22/2012, 4:54 PM
Looks like my mother-in law on a good day
GodzillaKart - 10/22/2012, 5:00 PM
My expectations are not too high given Jackson's LOTR trilogy. His movies are such a strange mix of 90% fantastic, and 10% "WTF that was one of the worst scenes/choices I have ever seen in a film".

But, given that I am not expecting to much, I am looking forward to seeing a mostly good, but seriously flawed, beautiful mangling of one of my favorite books.

DrRockso - 10/22/2012, 5:21 PM
KaneVonDoom you stole my comment
NostalgicYouth - 10/22/2012, 6:06 PM
Ranger14 - 10/22/2012, 6:07 PM
sansClaymore@ Sorry, I put "on the party" in the wrong part of the sentence. I should have put in on the first half. Brain fart. I guess it isn't much of a stretch of the imagination for me to have giants throwing boulders on the party, being there were giants throwing boulders, though not attacking the party in the source.

I know some people in Two Towers had an issue with the elven army showing up at Helms Deep. Though it wasn't in the source, I thought it was a fantastic addition to the that act.
Kevinwillpeabodyproperties - 10/22/2012, 6:41 PM

GodzillaKart - 10/22/2012, 7:15 PM
@Broupus: I'm with you, Brother. However, I come to the point where I've accepted that Jackson doesn't quite get what makes the books great, but is making decent (not great or epic) film about them. I will enjoy the Hobbit in the same way I can enjoy the Arrow TV show. Not quite right, but still fun to see on the screen with a beer and some corn.
Pooh - 10/22/2012, 7:38 PM
He'd look much scarier without the hair and the dwarf beard. I think the beard and the hair are big mistakes. Really big.
batfan175 - 10/22/2012, 10:39 PM
@bropous: yeah but it is implied in the Appendix to the LOTR that azog and bolg are large orcs (aka. Uruks) so i guess it's not far-fetched to think Bolg would be taller. Plus, i think they mention in the book that his guard is composed of pretty large goblins as well. I like this version. Never judge a film you haven't seen.
datNAMEtho - 10/22/2012, 11:01 PM
Alaba - 10/23/2012, 12:22 AM
The Avengers was miles away from source material wasn't it?(Cap's costume, etc) But yet everyone thinks its a "perfect" movie.
Have some respect for Peter Jackson y'all the dude is a genius! I read the Hobbit book, loved the graphic novel adaption and I don't think I'd enjoy seeing the exact same sequences, look and feel on film. I'd like to watch an adaption that's close to the source material but throws its own spin on it! As a writer you'd know not everything you read will translate well on film.
Tomontherun99 - 10/23/2012, 11:46 AM
bropous: Calm down, it's just a movie...
optimusbibby - 10/23/2012, 2:12 PM
Jesus bropous, I could feel your anger.

sansClaymore - 10/23/2012, 8:07 PM
not to beat a dead horse
accross the valley the stone giants were out, and were hurling rocks at one another for a game.(the hobbit 4 over hill and under hill)

jackson has them caught in the middle

regardless lotr movies are epic and so will be the hobbit

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