The-Hobbit-The-Battle-Of-The-Five-Armies USA Today has the following interesting little story that provides more teasing hints of what’s coming in the Battle of the Five Armies. No real spoilers, but there are three new pictures that I don’t think we’ve seen before.

Perhaps they might be stills or crops from the trailer that’s coming out on the sixth?


Five Armies closes the curtain on Middle-earth

Director Peter Jackson acknowledges that his sixth and final Middle-earth movie is his favorite because, unlike the others, there’s no traveling in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

His Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy chronicled an epic fantasy journey to destroy the all-powerful One Ring in the volcanic Mount Doom. And the first two prequel movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit followed Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on an adventure to take back the Lonely Mountain for Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his company of dwarves.

But Five Armies (in theaters Dec. 17) “doesn’t have any of that,” Jackson says. “Everybody’s where they need to be, there’s no new characters, all cards are on the table.”

The second Hobbit film, last year’s The Desolation of Smaug, ended with Bilbo and the dwarves driving the formidable dragon (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) out of the gold-filled mountain, and the new film begins with the creature lighting up nearby Lake-town on a fiery rampage.

“That was a mountain no one would go near because of the danger of the dragon,” Jackson says. “Now the deterrent flies out, and that changes the dynamics of everything.”

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