These five bits would be pretty much guaranteed to tickle your nostalgia bone, since there's plenty of Shire imagery and, of course, Ian McKellen once again in his shabbier robes as Gandalf the Grey for the first time since The Fellowship of the Ring. But the nostalgia doesn't stop with the Halfling's Weed-loving wizard, since we also get a look at Elijah Wood back in character as Frodo Baggins. Despite not being present in J.R.R. Tolkien's text, the eventual Ring-Bearer is part of bookends with the elderly Bilbo, once again played by Ian Holm.
The younger Bilbo who actually goes on the three-movie adventure this time is played by Martin Freeman of the original British The Office, Sherlock, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Check him out in three of these five pictures, which started out at the Brazilian site Cinemarcado, but were brought to our attention by Comic Book Movie.
Amongst the other returning castmembers from The Lord of the Rings films are Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, and Hugo Weaving, who discussed his participation in an exclusive IAR interview recently.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on December 14th of this year, followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a year later and The Hobbit: There and Back Again in the summer of 2014.