Gandalf and Bard in New Picture from ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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Ian McKellen and Luke Evans in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Photo: Warner Bros.

It’s almost here, the end of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes to theaters on December 17 and I have to assume the first trailer is somewhere just around the corner. Today, however, we have our first new look at the film in quite some time as Ian McKellen and Luke Evans look frightened in a new picture as Gandalf and Bard the Bowman.

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 defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor 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.