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What We've Learned from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Movie Trailer

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The J.R.R. Tolkien 1937 fantasy children’s novel, The Hobbit, is getting its second shot in the limelight courtesy of director and producer Peter Jackson. Jackson, who celebrated the 10th anniversary of the film debut of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring this week, returns with The Hobbit on December 2012.

The first trailer has been released, and as expected, visually destroys all aspects of the first Hobbit incarnation, the 1977 animated film which cost a reported $3 million to make. The upcoming remake, not surprisingly, also blows that budget out of the water with a reported tally of $500 million.

Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins (most recognized as Arthur in the 2005 film, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), The Hobbit arrives with fellow cast members Elijah Wood and Ian Holm, as well as other actors like Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Christopher Lee.

This new trailer offers a glimpse into The Hobbit’s visual style, giving the audience five key elements that will make (or break) the upcoming film:

Gollum: Shown at the end of the trailer, he deserves to be brought up first here, as he's the biggest connection (along with the ring) between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit(s): With Freeman as Bilbo alongside Elijah Wood and Ian Holm as fellow hobbits, this will help ease fans of the LOTR series into the film – not that they needed any assistance.

Dwarves Songs: Fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel may recall the many dwarves songs, which judging by the appearance in the trailer, were not skipped over in this film adaptation.

The Dwarves: Not to be lead astray from the book, all thirteen dwarves are here, staying true to their suggested look in the book.

White Council: We don’t know too much of this yet, but the White Council is an example of an insertation by Jackson that wasn’t in the main Hobbit story. In Tolkien’s legendarium, the White Council was a group of Wizards and Eldar Lords, challenging the power of Dol Guldur. Ironically, a video game based on White Council, the RPG-oriented Lord of the Rings: The White Council, was put into development in 2006 for a late 2007 release on the Sony PLaystation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles, but was cancelled in mid-development after multiple delays.