That changed Wednesday morning when a new trailer for the Peter Jackson movie dropped. The new piece (seen above) is about the same length -- 2 1/2 minutes -- as the December trailer. But it cuts to the chase more quickly, leaving out the Frodo voiceover that sets up the "Lord of the Rings" follow-up.
Instead we get the quick voiceover explanation -- "the dwarves are determined to reclaim their homeland" -- before we meet up with Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins and set off.
There's a slightly less self-serious tone to the proceedings this time around, though questers do "enter the mountain" and play important games of riddles. There is danger ("A dark part has found a way back into the world"), some comedy ("I like visitors as much as the next Hobbit. But I do like to know them before they come ... visiting") and the inevitable discovery-lies-within utterances ("Home is now behind you, the world is ahead").