bbfc The British Board of Film Classification has just issued a 12A rating for the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

And the running time? A total of 1 minute and 48 seconds.

Astute folks who read our memory-lane round-up of the Lord of the Rings trailers earlier will note that this is not just shorter than previous trailers for The Hobbit, it’s closer in length to the teaser for The Return of the King. Accidental parallels?

Also, incidentally, the sub-2 minute length fits within those new trailer marketing guidelines that the National Association Of Theater Owners laid down earlier this year. Another coincidence?

Either way, it’s now looking good that we should keep an eye out for an internet release of the teaser trailer either next week, or the week after.