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Got your calendar handy?

Circle these dates, fans of Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien: Dec. 14, 2012 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Those are your tentative release dates for The Hobbit films, currently being filmed back to back in New Zealand, according to the film's official Facebook page.

Barring any, you know, unforeseen setbacks.

But wait, there's more! The Hobbit movies have also gotten titles.

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The first will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and the sequel will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again. (While the first is a play on one of the book's chapter headings, the latter is the part of the book's complete title, The Hobbit or There and Back Again.)

The films, which follow the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman/Ian Holm) are prequels to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Perhaps you've heard of them?

You know what these release dates mean? Plenty of time to plan your Hobbit midnight showing party!

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