MANILA, Philippines -- The much-awaited prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” will finally be out soon.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first of "The Hobbit" trilogy and it tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey with a vigorous group of dwarves.
The release of the highly anticipated movie trailer is part of the week-long Tolkien Week celebration, which encompasses the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit" novel and the worldwide celebration of Hobbit Day.
The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, though Hobbit Day celebrations existed prior to its official recognition. Tolkien fans the world over celebrate by having parties and feasts emulating Hobbit celebrations as described in the books.
The celebration will continue on Friday, September 21, with activities related to the 75th anniversary of the book's publication, which occurred on that same day in 1937.
On Saturday, September 22, fans around the world will recognize Hobbit Day — marking the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the Hobbits who are the unlikely heroes of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," respectively—with Hobbit Day parties and celebrations.
Bilbo and Frodo were both said to be born on the same day of different years, Bilbo in the year 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368, respectively, in Shire-reckoning, the Hobbits’ own calendar).
Throughout early September, the Facebook page for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will roll out a series of features and ideas to create a fun, communal experience leading up to Tolkien Week, including “How to Throw a Hobbit Party” instructions, a “Fan of the Week” contest, and a special app on which fans will be able to share and collect recipes inspired by Middle-earth.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released in the Philippines on December 13, 2012.
Watch some clips from the movie in the video below.