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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film of The Hobbit film trilogy, lasting 3 hours and 2 minutes. It was directed by Peter Jackson, who previously had directed The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It was a major box office success, grossing over $1.017 billion worldwide. The film is the fourth Middle-earth film adaptation to be released, and the first chronologically.

Martin Freeman portrays a young Bilbo Baggins and Ian Holm reprises his role as an older Bilbo Baggins. Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively, as do Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett, as Elrond and Galadriel.

The character of Radagast the Brown appears in the movie and is portrayed by Sylvester McCoy, who had been known mostly for his portrayal as the seventh incarnation of The Doctor on Doctor Who.


A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.[1]

Memorable quotes[]

"While I can honestly say I have told you the truth, I may not have told you all of it."
Bilbo Baggins
"I know you doubt me. I know you always have. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See, that's where I belong. That's home. And I came back don't have one. It was taken from you, but I will help you get that back in any way that I can."
Bilbo Baggins
"Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To find our long forgotten gold.
The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.
Thorin II, Fíli and Kíli, Óin, Glóin, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori and Ori
"True courage is not knowing when to take a life, but when to spare one."

"Thorin: I cannot guarantee his safety,
Gandalf: Understood.
Thorin: Nor will I be responsible for his fate.

Gandalf: Agreed."

Thorin Oakenshield and Gandalf
"Gandalf: You'll have a tale or two to tell when you come back.
Bilbo: Can you promise that I will come back?
Gandalf: No, and if you do, you will not be the same."
Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins

"The world is not in your books and maps… it's out there!"


Main article: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/Development




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Men of Dale[]
Dwarves of the Lonely Mountains[]
Mirkwood Elves[]
Hobbits of the Shire[]
Hunter Orcs[]
Elves of Rivendell[]

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Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, in a photo from the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Deviations from the book[]

Main article: Tolkien vs. Jackson: Differences Between Story and Screenplay
  • The Dwarves do not arrive in order (first Dwalin, then Balin, then Kíli and Fíli, then Óin, Glóin, Dori, Nori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur all at once, and then Thorin arrives significantly later) and they do not have their multi-colored hoods or beards as they did in the book.
  • Bilbo was shown to be allergic to Horses.
  • The Dwarves surrender when the Trolls threaten to rip Bilbo in two instead of being overpowered and popped into bags.
  • Bilbo goes to the Trolls because they steal the Dwarves' ponies.
  • In the book, it was Gandalf that stalled the trolls until they turned into stone. This was done by Bilbo in the film.
  • The trolls' cave is wide open, and there is no locked door blocking it.
  • In the book, Bilbo finds Sting and takes it. In the film, Gandalf comes upon it and gives it to Bilbo.
  • The group is attacked by Orcs on the way to Rivendell, just after the Trolls sequence in the movie. This did not happen in the book.
  • Radagast the Brown aids the Dwarves in escaping the Orc Warg-riders near Rivendell. In contrast, Radagast did not appear in the book at all, and there is only one mention of him.
  • Radagast investigates the darkness of Mirkwood, and at Dol Guldur encounters the Necromancer and the Witch-king of Angmar, with whom he briefly duels and from whom he takes a Morgul Blade. In contrast, Tolkien never wrote of any such incident.
  • Azog has survived the War of the Dwarves and Orcs in which he was wounded by Thorin, who cut off his arm, and hunts Thorin Oakenshield and his followers. In contrast, in the Tolkien literature Azog was beheaded by Thorin's cousin Dáin Ironfoot in the Battle of Azanulbizar, well before the events of The Hobbit. The events of leading to and included in the battle are also altered: Thrór leads an army to Moria to reclaim it as opposed to investigating it with a single companion, and he is beheaded during the battle while in the books this occurred several years beforehand. The origin of Thorin's name of Oakenshield is taken from the appendices of The Return of the King, but here takes place during battle with Azog and involves him picking up an oaken branch rather than cutting it off a tree.
  • While at Rivendell with Thorin's party, Gandalf meets with Elrond, Galadriel, and Saruman (the film's version of the White Council) and relates Radagast's news about Mirkwood, but Saruman discounts Radagast's news about the Necromancer, who he says must be no more than a human pretending to be a wizard. This conflicts with Tolkien's version, in which the White Council already knew that the Necromancer was Sauron and was at Dol Guldur, since Gandalf had already confirmed this 89 years earlier, and Saruman had discovered two years earlier (although he did not inform the Council of this) that Sauron had learned of Isildur's loss of the One Ring at the Gladden Fields by the river Anduin and his servants were searching the area. Accordingly, in Tolkien's original version, in the year of the events of The Hobbit, Saruman finally agreed to an attack on Dol Guldur because he wanted to prevent Sauron from finding the Ring.[2]
  • There is no mention of Galadriel in the book, although she is part of the White Council.
  • At the White Council meeting, Galadriel relates how the Witch-king of Angmar, after his defeat near Fornost, had been killed and sealed in a tomb in that could not be opened in the High Fells. This is a serious departure from canon (Tolkien's writings), in which the Witch-king had not died, but fled. In fact, Glorfindel had stopped pursuit of the Witch-king and prophesied, "Do not pursue him! He will not return to these lands. Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of man will he fall."[3] This prophecy, of course, was the basis for the later dramatic moment in The Lord of the Rings in which Éowyn was able to kill the Witch-king because she was not a man. This prophecy no longer makes sense if the Witch-king had already been killed and is now (as Saruman implies) just a spirit raised by a necromancer who could "summon the dead." Furthermore, per Tolkien the White Council knew the Witch-king had not been killed because he and the rest of the Nazgûl had previously been fighting with Gondor and had captured (and presumably killed) the last King of Gondor at Minas Morgul in TA 2050, long after he had fled Fornost[2]. It is possible, however, that the Ringwraiths could not die due to their Wraith nature and were imprisoned in the tombs, and only Sauron had the power to call them forth. As for how they presumably killed the last King of Gondor, Galadriel never specifically says if the other Ringwraiths were sealed in the High Fells along with the Witch-king when Angmar fell. So it is possible that the other Ringwraiths challenged and killed Eärnur, and were defeated and sealed with their leader centuries later.
  • When traveling along the mountain pass, Bilbo observes the stone-giants hurling rocks at a distance, "across the valley." Bilbo and his companions take refuge under a hanging rock during the thunderstorm (thunder-battle), but are never involved in the stone-giants' game.
  • In the book, it was Bilbo that alerted the party when the trapdoors in the Front Porch open. In the film, the Dwarves realize this just as they fall into the hole.
  • In the book, the Goblins only had tunnels, not rope bridges.
  • In the book, Bilbo is with the Dwarves when they are taken to the Great Goblin and later rescued by Gandalf. In the film, Bilbo is separated from the group and falls to Gollum's cave before the Dwarves are taken to the Great Goblin.
  • In the book The Hobbit, as in the prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring film, Bilbo Baggins finds the One Ring by chance when his hand happens to fall upon it as he is crawling through one of the dark Goblin-town tunnels, well before he comes across Gollum. In this film, Bilbo sees Gollum fighting with a Goblin and we see Gollum drop the Ring during the fight.
  • Gollum has six teeth in the book, not nine.
  • In the book, when Gollum and Bilbo were playing the game of riddles, the cave was pitch black and Bilbo could only see Gollum's glowing eyes and hear his voice echoing through the walls of the cave. In the film, the cave was partly lit up and Bilbo could see Gollum entirely.
  • In the book, Gandalf saves the Dwarves in the goblin cave with a storm of burning smoke and instantly slays the Goblin King with his blade. In the film, the Goblin King is merely knocked aside in this scene (though many of his minions die in the telekinetic blast), and slain later on.
  • In the film, Gandalf does not use multi-colored fire when lighting the pine cones.


Extended Edition[]

The extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released on October 22, 2013 for digital downloads and November 5 2013 for hard copies. It includes these scenes:

  1. The introduction. The Elvenking Thranduil is given more screen time. He approaches the throne while Thráin gestures for a Dwarf to show Thranduil a chest of gems. As Thranduil looks entranced and reaches for it, the Dwarf closes the lid. Bard's ancestor Girion is given screen time. He is seen behind his Wind lance attempting to shoot down Smaug during the dragon's attack on Dale.
  2. Bilbo's introduction to himself. A flashback wherein a young hobbit boy comes running up to Gandalf and plays with him. His mother Belladonna runs after him and acknowledges Gandalf as an old friend.
  3. After Bilbo meets Gandalf on the front bench, he buys supper from Hobbiton while suspiciously looking around everywhere to make sure Gandalf is not around.
  4. Kíli glances over to a female Elf in Rivendell and winks at her. Dwalin sees him and Kíli begins making excuses. In one of his excuses, he mistakenly calls another male Elf a female and Dwalin corrects him. The rest of the Dwarves laugh much to Kíli's embarrassment.
  5. While eating, Nori and Óin complain about the song played by the Elf musicians. Bofur climbs up a platform and begins singing. The other Dwarves join in and start throwing food around. Elrond and Lindir look surprised and angry about Dwarves activities because they start throwing fruit to Elrond, Lindir and Bofur but they say nothing about it.
  6. Bilbo is wandering around Rivendell during the daytime. He approaches the statue holding the shards of Narsil before a particular painting catches his eye. The painting depicts Isildur about to cut the One Ring from Sauron's hand. Bilbo is particularly interested in the One Ring on Sauron's hand.
  7. A conversation between Bilbo and Elrond in Rivendell. Elrond also welcomes Bilbo to stay in Rivendell if he wishes.
  8. Lindir complains to Elrond about the Dwarves' behavior. They find them swimming in a large fountain.
  9. Gandalf and Elrond further discuss Thorin and Company's quest. Elrond voices his concern of Thorin himself, since both his grandfather and father succumbed to madness. Bilbo and Thorin overhear this conversation.
  10. At the White Council, Gandalf brings up the fact that the Ring of Power once owned by Thorin's father mysteriously vanished. Saruman dismisses this as it would be of no use since all believe the One Ring was lost long ago.
  11. A new song from the goblin king and longer interrogation.


Bilbo with Dwarves

Bilbo in Rivendell with the Dwarves

  • Guillermo del Toro was originally on board to direct, but bowed out due to "ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming."
  • When it appeared Martin Freeman would not be available to play Bilbo in The Hobbit films due to scheduling conflicts with the BBC television series Sherlock, other actors such as James McAvoy and Tobey Maguire were considered. A false rumour was spread online that David Tennant was considered, but both Tennant and Jackson denied this. Tennant was actually considered for (and offered) the role of Thranduil but had to turn it down when his girlfriend discovered she was pregnant.
  • Ryan Gage was originally cast to play Drogo Baggins, father of Frodo Baggins. According to Peter Jackson, "Ryan is a great young actor who we originally cast in a small role, but we liked him so much, we promoted him to the much larger Alfrid part."
  • This is the only film in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies in which Legolas makes no appearance.
  • The scene when Bilbo first puts on the Ring is very similar to the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring where Frodo puts on the Ring in The Prancing Pony.
  • The filmmakers titled the project Little Rivers to aid in hiding the film's identity.
  • When a Giant Eagle grabs Thorin's unconscious body, his oak-log shield falls off his arm and is permanently left behind.
  • This was both the last film not distributed by Disney, Universal or Paramount and the last film distributed by Warner Bros. to gross $1 billion until the release of Aquaman in 2018.



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Hobbit: 'N Onverwagte Reis
Albanian Hobiti: Një Udhëtim i Papritur
Arabic الهوبيت: رحلة غير متوقعة
Armenian Հոբիթ։ Անսպասելի ճանապարհորդություն
Assamese দ্য হবিট: এণ অপ্ৰত্যাশিত যাত্ৰা
Azerbaijani Hobbit: Gözlənilməz bir səyahət
Basque Hobbita: Ezusteko Bidaia
Belarusian Cyrillic Хобіт: Нечаканае падарожжа
Bengali হব্বিত: একটি অপ্রত্যাশিত জার্নি
Bosnian Hobit: Neočekivano putovanje
Bulgarian Cyrillic Хобит: Неочаквано пътешествие
Catalan El Hobbit: Un Viatge Inesperat
Chinese 霍比特人:意外旅程
Croatian Hobit: Neočekivano putovanje
Czech Hobit: Neočekávaná cesta
Danish Hobbitten: En Uventet Rejse
Dutch De Hobbit: Een Onverwachte Reis
Esperanto La Hobito: Neatendita Vojaĝo
Estonian Kääbik: Ootamatu teekond
Finnish Hobitti – Odottamaton matka
French Le Hobbit: Un voyage inattendu
Frisian De Hobbit: In ûnferwachte reis
Galician O Hobbit: Unha Viaxe Inesperada
Georgian ჰობიტი: მოულოდნელი მოგზაურობა
German Der Hobbit: Eine unerwartete Reise
Greek Χόμπιτ: Ένα Αναπάντεχο Ταξίδι
Haitian Creole La Hobbit: Yon vwayaj inatandi
Hebrew ההוביט: מסע בלתי צפוי
Hindi होबिट: एक अप्रत्याशित यात्रा
Hungarian A hobbit: Váratlan utazás
Icelandic Hobbitinn: Óvænt ferð
Indonesian Sang Hobbit: Sebuah Petualangan Tak Terduga
Irish Gaelic An Hobad: Turas Gan choinne
Italian Lo Hobbit: Un viaggio inaspettato
Japanese ホビット 思いがけない冒険
Kannada ಹೊಬ್ಬಿಟ್: ಅನ್ ಅನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಜರ್ನಿ
Kazakh Хоббит: Күтпеген саяхат (Cyrillic) Xobbït: Kütpegen sayaxat (Latin)
Korean 호빗: 뜻밖의 여정
Kurdish ھۆبیت: گەشتێکی چاوەڕواننەکراو (Sorani) Hobbîto: Nepa Gerr (Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Хоббит: Күтүлбөгөн сапар
Laotian ຮອບບິດ: ເປັນການເດີນທາງທີ່ບໍ່ຄາດຄິດ
Latin Hobbitus Ille: Manat itinere
Latvian Hobits: Negaidīts ceļojums
Lithuanian Hobitas: Netikėta kelionė
Macedonian Cyrillic Хобитот: Неочекувано патување
Malayalam ദി ഹോബിറ്റ്: ഒരു അപ്രതീക്ഷിത യാത്ര
Malaysian Hobbit: Perjalanan Mengejutkan
Maltese L-Hobbit: Xi vjaġġ mhux mistennija
Marathi द हॉबिट: अनपेक्षित प्रवास
Mingrelian ჰობიტი: მუკორჩქინელი შარობუა
Mongolian Cyrillic Хоббит - Санаандгүй Аялал
Nepalese होब्बित: एक अनपेक्षित यात्रा
Norwegian Hobbiten: En uventet reise
Persian هابیت: یک سفر غیرمنتظره
Polish Hobbit: Niezwykła podróż
Portuguese O Hobbit: Uma Viagem Inesperada (Portugal)

O Hobbit: Uma Jornada Inesperada (Brazil)

Punjabi ਹੋਬਿਟ: ਇੱਕ ਅਚਾਨਕ ਯਾਤਰਾ
Romanian Hobbitul: O călătorie neașteptată
Russian Хоббит: Нежданное путешествие
Scottish Gaelic An Hàbad: Turas gun dùil
Serbian Хобит: Неочекивано путовање (Cyrillic) Hobit: Neočekivano putovanje (Serbo-Croatian)
Slovak Hobit: Neočakávaná cesta
Slovenian Hobit: Nepričakovano potovanje
Spanish El Hobbit: Un Viaje Inesperado
Swahili Hobbit: Safari zisizotarajiwa
Swedish Hobbit: En oväntad resa
Tamil ஹாபிட்: எதிர்பாராத பயணம்
Telugu ది హాబిట్: అనుకోని ప్రయాణం
Thai เดอะ ฮอบบิท: การผจญภัยสุดคาดคิด
Turkish Hobbit: Beklenmedik Yolculuk
Tuvinian Хоббит: Манавааны аян-чорук
Ukrainian Cyrillic Хоббіт: Несподівана подорож
Uzbek Ҳоббит: кутилмаган саёҳат (Cyrillic) Hobbit: kutilmagan sayohat (Latin)
Vietnamese Người Hobbit: Hành trình bất ngờ
Welsh Hobbit: Ar Daith Annisgwyl
Yiddish די האָבביט: אַ אומגעריכט נסיעה


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