It’s not that surprising that we’re going to get a full year of hype for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. There are few films with as much anticipation around them, and few films that can be counted on to make over $300 Million at the box office (think how much it might make if it’s actually good?) The latest is a picture of Martin Freeman‘s Bilbo Baggins and a familiar sword.

That looks to be Sting (the sword, not the singer) in his hands, which fans would know right away as it played a crucial role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. And this looks to be a big dramatic scene as Bilbo is covered in spider-webs. We won’t know how the scene plays or if it’s even in the first movie until December 12, when the film is set for release.

The Lord of the Rings films were all nominated for best picture, so it will be interesting to see if The Hobbit gets the same sort of treatment now that Jackson is returning to the well after a couple of films that weren’t well received. Regardless, he’s got the original film’s look and feel right in all of the released promotional materials, so it’s likely this will fit well into that universe. No one’s making Prequel trilogy jokes yet.

Would you prefer the picture if Bilbo was holding Sting, the singer?