The last time we were in Middle Earth, we were left hanging as the dragon Smaug vowed to unleash mass carnage upon the citizens of Lake-town. With the release of a trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final piece in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, we finally get a taste of what happens next – a battle of five armies, presumably. The trailer first premiered last weekend at Comic-Con along with a brand new poster and fans have been eagerly anticipating its arrival on the internet since.
Unfortunately, the film’s trailer that was released today doesn’t show a whole lot of battling. Instead, we have a montage of dramatic slow-motion walking, Legolas staring pensively into the distance, and Gandalf yet again appearing dead-but-not-actually-dead with Pippin’s song from Return of the King, “The Edge of Night”, playing ominously in the background.
On the bright side, though, the lack of battle footage does seem to build suspense, increasing anticipation and curiosity of what’s to come – What exactly might a battle of five armies look like, anyway? Will the dwarves finally reclaim their homeland? And, most importantly, what the hell is Legolas even staring at? The Hobbit films thus far can often feel more like Peter Jackson’s three-hour long fanfictions than actual adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel, but the prospect of seeing Jackson’s signature larger-than-life style on screen still has its adventurous allure.
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly, The Battle of the Five Armies will unfold in American cinemas on December 17.