Spanish Tolkien website El Anillo Único is reporting that a teaser for The Desolation of Smaug will begin showing in theatres in Spain from January 4.

UPDATE: A few readers have informed us that December 28 is a traditional day of pranks (Called inocentadas) and jests in Spain in a similar way to April Fool’s Day. So best to take a huge grain of salt with this one. Well, that’s a bit of a pity.

To try and make up for the disappointment, here’s an animated GIF of Smaug’s eye.

A (very rough Google-provided) translation of the original El Anillo Único post reads:

If anyone needed an “excuse” to return to the cinema to see again The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , and has. And according to sources have informed us of Warner Bros Spain , the highly anticipated first preview of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be seen in cinemas from Friday January 4. The advance, which we have wanted to give more details, will be screened after the opening credits of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Obviously, this development will be screened not only in Spain but worldwide, and is expected to make the official announcement was so “imminent” in the coming hours.

It’s worth keeping in mind this from The Vulture article we reported earlier today before getting over-excited:

Jackson said he’s just finished editing The Desolation of Smaug (“We’ve shot it, we’ve cut it, and we just need to refine it”) and anticipates a trailer by the middle of next year.

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