After years of waiting, the first part of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" is hitting theaters in just a few weeks. These brand new images bring back all your favorite "Lord of the Rings" pals, plus a few new faces. Take a look at Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), Sauman (Christopher Lee) and Bilbo (Martin Freeman), plus trolls, goblins and more. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens December 14.

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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.