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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer shows the conflict to come

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A new trailer has been released for the upcoming “Hobbit” film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

As book fans know, the title comes from a conflict that occurs near the end of the book by “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien. The previous film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” ended with the dragon Smaug flying off to the human settlement Lake-town, presumably to attack it. The battle results when goblins and Wargs come to fight the forces of good, such as the men of Lake-town and Wood-elves, though there are plenty of disagreements between the men, elves, and dwarves beforehand.

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The trailer shows the disagreements other dwarves and protagonist Bilbo (Martin Freeman) have with the dwarf leader Thorin (Richard Armitage). 

“You’ve won the mountain, is that not enough?” Bilbo asks him.

Meanwhile, as the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) tries to discover the truth about villain Sauron, his fellow wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) reassures him, “Leave Sauron to me.” (As “Lord of the Rings” fans know, this is a terrible idea.) 

And Thranduil (Lee Pace), leader of the Wood-elves, isn’t happy with the situation with the dwarves.

“You started this,” he tells Gandalf. “You will forgive me if I finish it.” 

“Armies” will come to theaters on Dec. 17. Check out the full trailer above.


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