Behold the epic final trailer for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

(image via Coming Soon)
(image via Coming Soon)

 

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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 honor 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. (synopsis via Coming Soon)

There is no other way to describe the incredibly emotionally-evocative final trailer for the concluding instalment in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth magnum opus than epically majestic.

Against a soaring soundtrack that swells and strain in perfect synchronicity with the events on screen, and with scenes of great battles, both between the five armies of the title and between many of the characters that we have come to know and love playing out before us, it is impossible not to be moved by the events portrayed.

You really get the sense that there is a huge amount at stake – that of the re-taken kingdom of Thorin Oakenshield, of the company that stood so stoically and faithfully by his side including Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the grey, and of Middle Earth itself, caught in the ever-tightening grip of Sauron.

“You have but one question to ask … how does this day end?” (Gandalf)

While the other teasers and trailers more than did justice to this towering tale, it is this final trailer, in all its epic CGI glory and overflow of intense emotions, that really brings home what The Hobbit is all about – fighting for those you love and the home you love with every last drop of your strength, hope and resolve.

It is powerful, deeply-affecting stuff, and promises an immersive tale like no other come December 11 in New Zealand (now more commonly known as Middle Earth), December 17 in USA and December 26 in Australia.

 

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