‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ – watch first trailer

Peter Jackson's swan song to the epic world of J.R.R. Tolkein

The defining chapter of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel, based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkein, will hit cinemas this christmas. A first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been released online after being shown to fans at San Diego’s Comic-Con.

The previous film (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) ended on a cliffhanger in Laketown with the little chaps up agains the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Martin Freeman returns as Hobbit Bilbo Baggins with Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Ian McKellen the wizard Gandalf.

A detailed synopsis from Warner Bros promises an “epic conclusion” to the saga:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves.

Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honour to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.”

Also starring Orland Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving and Evangeline Lilly, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will commence in cinemas everywhere December 12th.