A few covers for upcoming book tie-ins to Peter Jackson's highly anticipated Lord Of The Rings prequel (which is the first of a new trilogy) have found their way online, featuring some new images of the film's characters. Check them out after the jump.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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 Oakensheild. 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 ofguile 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 Official Movie Guide

Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth. Lavishly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, the book is written by Tolkien expert and Peter Jackson’s official biographer, Brian Sibley.

The Visual Companion

Join the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard and the Company of Dwarves on their Quest to recover treasure stolen by the Dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Leaving the comfort of Bilbo’s home they must face many perils before they can claim their long-lost gold – Trolls, Elves, Goblins, Wargs, and worse… Written by former Tolkien editor Jude Fisher, this hardcover is richly illustrated with colour photos from the film, and features a brand new map charting the journey from Bag End to Wilderland.

The World Of Hobbits

Younger readers can discover all about Hobbits in this friendly guide to their amazing world. Packed with photos from the new film, this book will tell you all you need to know about Hobbits – their appearance, appetites, homes, friends, deadly foes, and much more.

The Movie Storybook

Relive the story of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in this fantastic photo-filled storybook. Battling against Goblins, Wargs and other forces of evil, will Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Dwarves find the strength to help recapture the lost Kingdom of Erebor? With this amazing retelling of the movie, you too can visit Middle-earth.

These books will be released on November 6th by Houghton Mifflin in the United States and by Harper Collins in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to hit theaters December 14th; The Desolation Of Smaug will arrive December 13th, 2013; There And Back Again is scheduled to be released July 18th, 2014.

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Filed Under "Fantasy" 9/3/2012 Source: The One Ring
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