The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey poster
Directed by Peter Jackson
Produced by

Carolynne Cunningham
Zane Weiner
Fran Walsh
Peter Jackson


Ian McKellen
Martin Freeman
Richard Armitage
James Nesbitt
Ken Stott
Sylvester McCoy
Cate Blanchett
Ian Holm
Christopher Lee
Hugo Weaving
Elijah Wood
Andy Serkis

Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Andrew Lesnie
Editing by Jabez Olssen
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release 13 December 2012
Running time 169 minutes
Country New Zealand
United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $200–315 million
Gross revenue $1,017,003,568
Followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 epic fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson. It is the first installment of a three-part film series based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It will be followed by The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). The three films together will act as prequels to Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The story is set in Middle-earth sixty years before The Lord of the Rings, and portions of the film are adapted from the appendices to Tolkien's The Return of the King. An Unexpected Journey tells the tale of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. The film premiered in New Zealand on 28 November 2012 and was released internationally from 12 December 2012.

The film's screenplay was written by Peter Jackson, his longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens (who also co-wrote The Lord of the Rings), and Guillermo del Toro, who was originally chosen to direct the film before leaving the project in 2010.

The Hobbit has grossed over $1 billion at the box office, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers nominally. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was also nominated for three BAFTA Awards.


  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
  • Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
  • Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
  • Hugo Weaving as Elrond
  • Christopher Lee as Saruman the White
  • Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown
  • Ian Holm as an old Bilbo Baggins
  • Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
  • Andy Serkis as Gollum
  • Manu Bennett as Azog the Defiler
  • Lee Pace as the Elvenking Thranduil
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as The Necromancer of Dol Guldur
  • Barry Humphries as the Great Goblin
  • John Rawls as Yazneg

The Hobbit Films vte
Films An Unexpected JourneyThe Desolation of SmaugThe Battle of the Five Armies
Characters Aragorn • Arwen • Bilbo • Boromir • Celeborn • Denethor • Elrond • Éomer • Éowyn • Faramir • Frodo • Galadriel • Gandalf • Gimli • Gollum • Legolas • Merry • Mouth of Sauron • Old Man Willow • Pippin • Radagast • Sam • Saruman • Sauron • Shelob • Théoden • Tom Bombadil • Treebeard • Witch-king • Wormtongue

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