Filming currently in New Zealand, the two-part movie version of The Hobbit could have just been called The Hobbit: Part 1 and The Hobbit: Part 2. But carrying on the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's titles that were a little more elaborate than that-- The Two Towers wasn't just called Lord of the Rings: Part 2, now was it-- it seems the Hobbit movies may have longer titles. Tolkien fan site The One Ring thinks they've dug up the two titles, based on names registered by distribution company New Line.

The studio has registered the names The Hobbit: There and Back Again and The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey; both titles refer to names Bilbo Baggins gave to his memoirs about the time period covered in The Hobbit, and make perfect sense as titles for the movies. Of course nothing is yet official, and New Line could just be registering these in case they decide to use them; with the movie not yet shot, many things could change. But Tolkien fans ought to be happy with the titles should they stick, while the rest of us will never even notice the difference.

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