Even though we've known for a while that the film version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit would be broken into two parts, we haven't known the official names. We've been bracing ourselves for something Hollywood, like The Hobbit 1 and Hobbit 2: Smeagol's Game. Fortunately, the titles have stayed classy.
According to the BBC:
"The first film will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will be released in December next year.
"The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to be out in December 2013."
"An Unexpected Journey" is a riff on the name of the first chapter in The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party." "There and Back Again" was part of the original title of Tolkien's 1937 novel, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.
As with Lord of the Rings, we can trust director Peter Jackson to be respectful of the source material.
Still, we can only imagine what The Hobbit 2: Smeagol's Game would look like: Instead of battling wits in "Riddles in the Dark," (we found an audio clip of the sparring match, read by Tolkien himself, here), they would fight to the death with flaming swords. It would be awesome ... but so very, very wrong.