The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is perhaps the most anticipated film of the holiday season. Directed by The Lord of the Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson, 51, and starring Martin Freeman, 41, Ian McKellen, 73, and Cate Blanchett, 43, the film raked in close to $85 million in its first weekend.

Set 60 years before the LOTR trilogy begins, this movie tells the tale of hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Freeman), who is hired by Gandalf (McKellen) to lead a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug.

For fans and casual moviegoers interested in learning secrets of the film, and for those few interested in spoilers, the site WhatCulture! has prepared a list of the 13 biggest secrets and changes from the book to the movie, among them being that the movie begins with a flashback, it’s not a musical, and that the creation of golf is discussed in the film. To learn more, click here.

An Unexpected Journey is the first film in a series of three. The next film, The Desolation of Smaug, will premiere in 2013 while There and Back Again hits theaters in 2014.

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