3 epic new Hobbit posters delve deep into Middle-earth

It's been a decade since we battled evil in the heart of Middle-earth with Lord of the Rings, but some epic new posters from The Hobbit are bound to get us back into the swing of things.

The posters focus in on main players Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) and Andy Serkis (Gollum), and help set the sweeping atmosphere director Peter Jackson is aiming for with the new films.

The J.R.R. Tolkien prequel novel has been split into a trilogy, the first of which is set to open December 14.

To get a feel for what we're looking at in the first installment, here's the synopsis:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows 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 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.
Check out the posters below:

(Via Collider)

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