The Hobbit

It's an unexpected journey with an entirely cool-looking one-sheet.

The new poster for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit has been unleashed just days ahead of Comic-Con. And by the looks of it, Middle-earth has never looked better—not to mention Ian McKellen's Gandalf the Grey, who has a pretty big role to play in this big-screen go-round as he initiates the inaugural adventures of Bilbo Baggins of The Shire.

Of course, anyone who's read J.R.R. Tolkien's epic The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, knows what happens next: Bilbo, Gandalf and 13 dwarves set out on an epic quest for the Lonely Mountain to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug. The beautiful pastoral setting and rolling hills evoked in this image mask the darkness awaiting them, not to mention the young hobbit's fateful encounter with Gollum.

The poster comes just a couple of days after Jackson announced he had wrapped filming on his two-part opus and now plans to head for the cutting room, not to mention San Diego for the annual convention where he'll likely tease fanboys with more footage.

The first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits theaters on Dec. 14, while The Hobbit: There and Back Again unspools a year later.

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