Coming on the heels of the announcement that Peter Jackson, after 266 days of filming since March of 2011, has finally completed the back to back shooting of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Jackson has released the Comic-Con poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first half of Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, the J.R.R. Tolkien novel that tells the story of Bilbo Baggins’ adventures before the events features in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Baggins’ meeting of Gollum, his dealings with Gandalf, his confrontation with the dragon Smaug, and his discovery of a certain gold ring.

And while plenty of people will surely enjoy the poster, which features Ian McKellan as Gandalf, who is walking amidst the Shire—if there was a way to play on nostalgia for the original trilogy, ease fans of the series back into the Tolkien world, and get people excited about the new films, this is probably it—most Tolkien fans are frothing to get a look at The Hobbit sneak preview at Comic-Con.  It is there that Jackson will show more of his controversially 48 frames per second footage of the film (most films are shot at 24 fps; there have been some complaints that The Hobbit is difficult to watch at this heightened speed).  But for now, we’ll settle for the new poster:

Stay tuned for our Comic-Con coverage this weekend for more on The Hobbit!

What do you think of the new poster?

Source: /Film