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...?

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


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. 


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…