Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies released

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Fantasy fans everywhere will be picking up their elf ears for one last journey to the realm of Middle Earth as the final chapter in the Peter Jackson’s take on The Hobbit gets its first trailer.

The final film in the trilogy, titled The Battle of the Five Armies, picks up where the last film left off – with the great dragon Smaug preparing to attack the human settlement of Laketown after Bilbo and his Dwarven companions breach The Lonely Mountain. Meanwhile Gandalf the Grey is the prisoner of the mysterious Necromancer, whose part in the history and future of Middle Earth is also revealed. This final film in the franchise will focus on the end of Bilbo’s journey in an epic conclusion as the forces of Middle Earth, including Men, Elves and Dwarves converge in a battle with the Orcish armies of the Necromancer, in a battle to decide the fate of the whole world.

The trailer, which was released yesterday, does a great job for setting the scene. Artfully narrated by Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, our protagonist talks about the end of his journey and the people he has met and lost along the way. We also get to see the familiar faces of Thranduil, Legolas and Bard, who we first met properly in the last film, The Desolation of Smaug. All of this would have been great on its own, but the soundtrack accompaniment to the trailer is actually ‘The Steward of Gondor’ sung by Billy Boyd, who fans will remember sang the same song in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Needless to say this trailer has got us all excited and so we want to share it with all of you!

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released in the UK on 12 December 2014, and on 17 December 2015 in the US.

Has the trailer got you in the mood to go back to Middle Earth? Sound off in the comments below and tell us what you think.