Only yesterday it was announced by Peter Jackson that the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would be coming on Wednesday, plus more special content to look out for as well. Now it seems we’ve got the first of that special content in the form of six new photos via USA Today, so check them out below!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to hit 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on December 14, and according to ComingSoon, follows the character Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman), who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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. You’ll see him pictured below.

Bilbo finds himself alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, and 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… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Most of you already know this is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and explains how Bilbo ended up with the ring in the first place. Silly Bilbo, what were you thinking? Anyway, take a look at the rather impressive photos we have here.

Bet you can’t wait ‘til Wednesday now, eh? We reported last month that the first film will only be showing at a higher frame rate at selected theaters come December… as for which ones, we’re not sure yet. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s expected the two films to follow will probably be shown more widely at higher frame rates, although it will probably depend on the audience reaction to An Unexpected Journey.

Are you excited about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?