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The last in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is scheduled to hit theaters screens later this year on December 17th. There hasn’t been a lot of production stills, clips, or even a teaser trailer yet, but Warner Brothers has recently released the official synopsis for the movie.

With a December release, there’s really no reason to try to overcome the publicity static and buzz of all the summer blockbusters, there’s plenty of time to get people excited and committed to putting their butts in theater seats over the next couple of months. So this might just signal the slow burn of Hobbit publicity up to SDCC 2104. After that, all bets are off and I imagine the Hobbit media storm will start.

The original announcement was in German over at the German One Ring site and was quickly translated for the English language One Ring site. So let’s get right to it.

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.

Hmm, I guess there was enough material for a third film. What I am looking forward to is seeing those armies on the big screen. Jackson is a master a huge medieval fantasy battle scenes. This time around we’ll see an army of Goblins and the Wargs, an army of Men of Dale, an army of Elves, an army of Dwarves, and an army of Eagles with the Shape-shifter Beorn we met in the second movie.

That is a whole lot of folks running around one battle field. I’m looking forward to seeing the Dwarven army myself. We’ve seen armies of Men, Elves, Goblins and Wargs, and even a Ghost Army before, but never a Dwarven army. Those battles with only one Dwarf Gimli were great. Imagine a whole army of Gimlies!


Via: One Ring

Category: Books, Film

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