The Hobbit trailer runs through the wilderness

New Line and Warner Bros. have posted the latest trailer for the first film in the upcoming Hobbit trilogy.

It’s been quite a while since we the first trailer went live for An Unexpected Journey went live, and now, soon after the revelation that the story would be split into three films, rather than the original plan of two, we’ve finally got another:

It’s not a whole lot different from the first one, unfortunately, with just a couple more shots of Gandalf and Bilbo, including a brief chase scene through a forest.

There’s not much to say here other than that an An Unexpected Journey looks every bit as excellent as The Lord of the Rings films, which is really no surprise considering Peter Jackson is at the helm again. The only truly disappointing thing about the films is just how long we’re going to have to wait to see the whole thing; even longer now that there is a third film coming. Luckily, it’ll only be about six-months between the second and third, rather than the year between the first two.

The official synopsis for the film is thus:

The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, 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 Oakensheild. 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.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins 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.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters Dec 14 , 2012. The follow up film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, follows on Dec 13, 2013. A rough date has been set for the conclusion of the trilogy (Summer 2014), but a title has yet to be announced.