The eagerly awaited 1st trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been unveiled for our viewing pleasure. The first of a two-part film adaptation of the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy sees Peter Jackson returns as director of the film also serving as producer and co-writer. Watch it below.

Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins is swept into a 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 …

The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey is set for a December 14th release.