‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Runtime Revealed

We also have five Empire magazine covers featuring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Gollum, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Armitage.

Empire Magazine is about to unveil their "ultimate issue" centering on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where director Peter Jackson reveals the runtime is currently set for two hours and 40 minutes. The publication also revealed five special covers for the issue, featuring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis' Gollum, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Armitage. Take a look at these magazine covers, then read on for more details straight from Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Martin Freeman Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ian McKellan Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gollum Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Cate Blanchett Empire Cover

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Richard Armitage Empire Cover

Back in July, Warner Bros. confirmed that this Middle Earth adventure will be expanded into a trilogy, instead of the original two-part adaptation that was planned. Many wondered how this would affect the runtime, although the director revealed it will be just a bit shorter than The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

"It's looking like it's going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was. So it's going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment."

The filmmaker also added that the final credits have not been added and there are still a few effects shots left to be finished.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

Sources: Empire

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @ROFLitschristian -- If a movie runs longer than it should, what else could that imply?

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  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Gandalf looks possessed

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. ROFLitschristian

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Except no one said anything about filler? ...

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    @moviegeek -- Good point.

    @ROFLitschristian -- Filler doesn't "fly by". It does the exact opposite, actually.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  5. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Love the pictures AND the runtime. :-)

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  6. moviegeek

    @shuabert idk. I guess I'm really not that big of a fan of the Lord of the Rings to get excited about Jackson scraping up every last piece of information he can find to film.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

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  8. CelluloidDreams

    I figured as much!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    If this were a TV series, it would run as long as ER

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Josh

    @moviegeek But they're not appendices, they're entire published works that exist independently of LotR and The Hobbit.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. moviegeek

    @shuabert I would be less offended, and also less interested. I don't care to see Tolkien's appendixes brought to the big screen.

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  12. Josh

    @moviegeek@thedude-abides Would you be less offended if it wasn't called The Hobbit? There is enough material in Tolkein's Legendarium to make several dozen films. It's entirely possible to make a trilogy based on the events that occur in the Hobbit novel by fleshing it out with history and expanding the context to the larger world. Hell, Jackson doesn't even have to invent new sh*t, because Tolkein was so detailed about everything that was going on at any given time.

    @ghostman Yeah, I think all three of the films will be pulling from the appendices, as well as Unfinished Tales and the Silmarillion.

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  13. the Narrator

    These posters looked pretty mediocre (though I still enjoyed Gollum's) until I got to Galadriel's. My breath almost hitched, it was so surprisingly mesmerizing. Everything about it seems as though she was something delicate frozen in time. I'm probably the only one paying it so much attention, but I absolutely love that cover and wouldn't mind having it as a one-sheet for my house.

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  14. Shadow Of The Day


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  15. Ghostman

    @shuabert Actually, Peter Jackson mentioned how the third movie will be based off of Tolkien's appendices. So maybe you are right.

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  16. thedude-abides

    I agree w/ @moviegeek. Completely ridiculous considering it's being made into a trilogy, and all three films are likely to have similar runtimes.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  17. Josh

    @ghostman What are you talking about? Nothing has been suggested that part 2 will be an "intermission" based on appendices. There aren't even any appendices IN the Hobbit. The entire trilogy is going to span the one novel, with elements and subplots pulled from other Tolkien writings brought in to flesh out the story. For instance, there will probably be a lot of back story about the previous war between Orcs and Dwarves to set up the current quest, and there will be a lot of stuff about why Gandalf is involved and the importance of holding the North against Sauron's growing power.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  18. LuxoIII

    @rudy Because three hour runtimes tend to scare off more casual audiences. But that didn't stop LOTR from being a huge success. Anyway, there's inevitably going to be an Extended Edition (true to Jackson form) so I bet you needn't worry :)

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  19. Rudy

    Come on just put it at 3 hours. Why are movie studios so scared of 3 hour run times??

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  20. Cheetoboy

    Cool Posters especially Gollum's.

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  21. Dumbumm

    For a moment i thought Galadriel was sticking her middle finger up.

    2 years agoby @DumbummFlag

  22. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus Nor would I expect one. Maybe you are tired of all the Middle Earth shanangans.

    Just because we disagree doesnt mean we MUST debate.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  23. Avian

    How in the hell is that possible? I need to read the Hobbit again, maybe it has a lot more going on it in than I remember.

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  24. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus I think the covers are okay, could have been better.

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  25. Ghostman

    @moviegeek You have to remember that Part 2 is based of the appendices; think of it as an "intermission/prequel" to Part 3 in which Part 3 will most likely be connected to the story that deals with Part 2 and pick up where Part 1 ended. If the other two parts are the same length, that's near 8 hours for one movie! Not to mention the inevitable Extended Editions that will be released after.

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  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise To each his own bro. Not gonna start a marketing debate

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. ROFLitschristian

    @moviegeek Because we'll be enjoying it so much it'll all fly by.

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  28. ROFLitschristian

    Gandalf looks just as threatening as Golum on that cover.

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  29. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus i couldn't disagree with you more. I think the promo department has pretty much hit the nail on the head. These covers in particular look spectacular and each really seems to encompass the character portrayed.

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  30. jasdjqs

    with trailers,, will put it at 3 hours

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