Titles for new Hobbit’ movies get thumbs up from fans

Last Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 18:31 PM IST

Wellington: The prospective titles of the two new ‘Hobbit’ movies have been announced, according to web reports.

Fan site TheOneRing.net reports that New Line Cinema has registered two titles for the films - The Hobbit: The/An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The first is a riff on the opening chapter of the book - called An Unexpected Party - in which Bilbo is visited by the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarfs before setting off on his epic adventure.

The second, ‘There and Back Again’, is author JRR Tolkien`s alternative title for the whole tale. It was also used in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as the name of Bilbo`s memoirs.

Fans greeted the potential titles warmly on Internet message boards, though they almost unanimously preferred ‘An Unexpected Journey’ to ‘The Unexpected Journey’ for the first film.

"Almost exactly as I envisioned it back when they announced there was going to be two movies," Stuff.co.nz quoted a fan as writing.

"I can just see it now. The Howard Shore music slowly building as The Hobbit pops up on the screen just as The Lord of the Rings did, and then the Shire music takes over as An Unexpected Journey pops up while hobbits work diligently in the spring weather," wrote another.

Some saw omens in the titles about how the movies`` stories would unfold.

"Yet another clue that Film One will surely end before the company arrives at Erebor," wrote a fan.

Erebor is the mountain where the dragon Smaug lives and the object of Bilbo`s adventure.

"An Unexpected Journey seems exquisitely appropriate given Jackson`s last-minute role shift," wrote a fan.