He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as hewiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath.‘I will give you a name,’ he said to it, ‘and I shall call you Sting.’”

The folks over at Hero Complex have brought us another new photo from Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, this time showcasing Bilbo Baggins and his trusty sword, Sting. From the looks of this image, with Martin Freeman’s fearsome visage and all those cobwebs, this is the moment where Sting derives its name, in a battle to the death with the spiders of Mirkwood.

As a big fan of Jackson’s take on the original trilogy, I’ve slowly grown more excited over what he’s doing here. Yes, the world looks the same, but Jackson and company will have a distinct challenge in capturing a slightly different tone, one of growing from a child-like viewpoint to one a bit more expansive and darker in the close. There’s a transition taking place here that deserves a tweaked atmosphere.

Based on all I have seen so far, it’s coming together splendidly.

Check out the trailer for the film which debuted last month: