'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Trailer - Beware, Elves, Orcs and a Dragon!

The first official Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug trailer has been released, and it did not disappoint. With shots of pretty much everything fans wanted, the two-minute video starts out with Elvenking Thrandiul asking, “Where does your journey end? You seek that which would bestow upon you the right to rule. The quest to reclaim a homeland and slay a dragon.”

Footage of Bilbo is minimal, but what we do see is exciting, to say the least: a giant spider creeping up behind him, and at the very end, him trying to hide from Smaug!

Fan-favorite Legolas draws his bow and arrow on dwarf King Thorin and his men while warning, “Do not think I won’t kill you, dwarf.” We also see the dwarves in the infamous barrel escape scene, and the return of the pale Orc Azog!

Other cameos and characters in the trailer include Gandalf; wizard Radagast; elven archer Tauriel; and Beorn, the shape-shifter bear-man.  

This action-packed trailer looks like an excellent sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which did a lot setting up for the following movies. Or as one fan put it, “That's what I'm Tolkien about!”

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out in theatres and IMAX on December 13, 2013. 

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