The first of three fantasy adventure films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, The Hobbit, came to life in 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey followed Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) during his journey to Lonely Mountain with a group of dwarves to take back their home from thief Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Outstanding visual effects, makeup and production design snagged the film three Academy Award nominations. Actor Orlando Bloom joins Freeman and Cumberbatch for the second installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (in theaters Dec. 13), which continues Baggins' journey to reclaim his stolen homeland. Moviegoers awaiting the highly anticipated third film don’t have to wait for long: The Hobbit: There and Back Again is set to be released in 2014.