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2nd ‘Hobbit’ Film’s New Trailer, 3rd Film Release Date Disclosed

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Second ‘Hobbit’ Film’s New Trailer

By, September 19, 2012:

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) are joining the worldwide celebration of Tolkien Week with the debut of the highly anticipated film trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” on September 19, 2012.

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Third Film Release Date Disclosed

By Associated Press,, August 31, 2012:

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Good news for “Hobbit” fans, they need to only wait 7 months between the 2nd and 3rd installments of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated trilogy, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, who also wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced Friday the final film in the series will be called “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” and released worldwide on July 18, 2014. The title was taken from the second installment, which will now be called “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Here’s how it all breaks down:

— “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ Dec. 14, 2012.

— “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Dec. 13, 2013.

— “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” July 18, 2014.

Adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved masterpiece, “The Hobbit” series will be released in High Frame Rate 3-D, other 3-D formats, IMAX and 2-D.

More about Tolkien and his books

“This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields, to shake the towers and counsels of the Great. Who of all the Wise could have foreseen it?” 

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He also repeatedly qualified his claim to Christianity by quickly adding that he was Catholic.

In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien transported us to Middle Earth where the evil forces of Sauron, Lord of Mordor, have brought great darkness throughout the land. Although the parallels with today’s war-filled world are obvious, there has been much debate about whether The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were written as allegories. Tolkien himself stated that he “dislikes allegory in all its manifestations.” Later, however, Tolkien wrote, “Of course, Allegory and Story converge, meeting somewhere in Truth.” What is the “Truth” that Tolkien’s stories impart? Are Tolkiens books prophetic visions of our present tumultuous times when war and violence threaten to envelop this world in darkness?

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Although The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit describe unthinkable evil, the underlying message is that there is always hope in the face of great darkness. When asked about Frodo’s efforts to struggle on and destroy the ring, Tolkien said, “That seems more like an allegory of the human race. I’ve always been impressed that we’re here surviving because of the indomitable courage of quite small people against impossible odds. … They struggle on, almost blindly in a way.” With so much darkness we can be tempted to wonder what’s the use of a little light, a little good, a little love.

Photo: Screenshot of 1st ‘Hobbit’ Trailer

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