First Clip for THE HOBBIT - Bilbo Receives Sting

by Joey Paur

"True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one."

Ya gotta love Gandalf, he always knows the right thing to say, at the right time. Warner Bros. has revealed the first film clip from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and in it we see Gandalf (Ian McKellen) giving Bilbo (Martin Freeman) the sword Sting. The sword is eventually handed down to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings.

The movie hits theaters December 14th in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D which will be presented in 48fps in certain locations. Here's the first clip!


The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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 Oakenshield. 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.