Watch the final 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer

Things go south for the dwarves, and Sauron the Necromancer unleashes an attack on the Lonely Mountain

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Nov 2014

Video: Warner Bros. Pictures

As J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit gets closer to its epic conclusion on the silver screen, our excitement builds with the newly released trailer. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies looks at the consequences that the Dwarves of Erebor must face for having woken the dragon, Smaug, who was last seen flying towards Lake-Town at the end of The Desolation of Smaug.

"That was a mountain no one would go near because of the danger of the dragon," director Peter Jackson said. "Now the deterrent flies out, and that changes the dynamics of everything."

'Everything' being the overall peace of Middle Earth, of course.

Now, let's do a count of the 'five armies.' One: the elves. Two: the dwarves. Three: the men (poor sods) of Dale, the city around the Lonely Mountain. Four: supposedly the great eagles, although they aren't seen in the trailer. And five: a mixture of baddies like trolls, orcs, bats (which are bred for war, Legolas says) and wargs, all of whom are presumably on the same side, that of the elusive Necromancer.

Note that many elements of the movie are different from the novel, so even readers of The Hobbit can't pretend that they know exactly what's going to happen.

Also revealed in the trailer are dramatic essentials, like Thorin Oakenshield's arrogant conflict with himself, romance between the Tauriel and Kili, and elf king Thranduil's unshakeable smugness. Although we don't see Smaug in the clip, the fiery bits are enough to assure us that he'll still be in the film itself.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits Malaysian cinemas this 18 December.

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