Middle Earth prepares for battle in the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom star in the new footage for the final movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy

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War is coming to Middle Earth as we near the climax of The Hobbit trilogy. Once again, it’s Martin Freeman vs Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug breathes his fiery vengeance across Lake Town and Bilbo and the dwarves battle to reclaim Erebor and the treasure. 

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Also returning to complete Peter Jackson’s saga are Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield who declares, “I will have war”, before the action switches to the dramatic battle scenes characteristic of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings director. 

Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Luke Evans also feature as swords are drawn and the trilogy nears its climax. Take a look below… 

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is released in UK cinemas on 12 December

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