Caption competition! What’s going on in the first image from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies?

Ian McKellen and Luke Evans appear in the new glimpse of The Hobbit's grand finale - but what are they staring at...?

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The first image from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies has been released… and we’re not sure what to make of it.

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With six months still left to go until the denouement, Peter Jackson is keeping film-lovers guessing while J.R.R. Tolkien devotees watch on smugly. They know what happens… 

But for the rest of us ignorant folk, we must admit we have next-to-no idea what Ian McKellen and Luke Evans are gawping at here. What could possibly have stayed their swords and stopped them in their tracks in what appears to be a fraught battle scene? We just don’t know. 

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So, rather than make all sorts of serious guesses, we thought we’d have a bit of fun and hand over the reins to you witty folk. What d’you reckon is going on here? Post your very best captions in the comments box below…