Final Hobbit Movie Gets Moody Teaser Trailer
Lavish promo for Peter Jackson's last visit to Middle-earth promises death and destruction...
The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has emerged from the excitement at San Diego Comic-Con.
Clocking in 10 seconds shy of two minutes, the teaser trailer for the final instalment of Peter Jackson's second Middle-earth trilogy is sombre in mood.
Martin Freeman's narration gives way to an elegiac vocal - before a threat of violence to come as the evil Sauron takes advantage of division among the inhabitants of Middle-earth.
The accompanying text explains: "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 defenceless 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."
The movie hits cinemas on 12 December.