07/03/2012 07:49 am ET Updated Sep 02, 2012

'The Hobbit' EW Cover: Hype Starts Early For Peter Jackson Blockbuster

Nearly a decade after the last of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy hit theaters, it's time to go back to Middle-earth. "The Hobbit" doesn't come out until December, but in preparation for Comic-Con (July 12-15 in San Diego) we've got exclusive images and on-set scoops from the first of the two movies -- "An Unexpected Journey" -- including interviews with Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and director Peter Jackson.

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