First trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' hits the Web

By John Clyde, For the Deseret News

Published: Mon, July 28, 2014, 3:15 p.m. MDT

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The last trip to Middle Earth is still a few months away, but now moviegoers have a glimpse at what the final chapter in The Hobbit saga, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” has in store.

The first teaser for the finale of the trilogy features stunning visuals, a haunting song and a much darker tone than viewers have seen in the previous films.

The Hobbit journey started in 2012 with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” and continued in 2013 with “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The series has not received the high accolades or the box office numbers of its theatrical predecessor, “The Lord of the Rings” series, but it has done well enough to keep audiences excited for the final installment.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” is rumored to be director Peter Jackson’s last foray into Middle Earth, but you never know with Jackson. He managed to get three nearly three-hour movies out of one book, so if someone could get Middle Earth back to the big screen it would be Jackson.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is due in theaters Dec. 17, 2014.

1. Shane333
Cedar Hills, UT,
July 28, 2014

I am torn. I want to be excited and hopeful, but Jackson has strayed so far from the feel and message of the book that I'm afraid that he'll corrupt the last few chapters of it as badly as he's messed up the rest.

2. John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT,
July 28, 2014

Shane is absolutely correct. Jackson has bungled the first two Hobbit movies so badly that it is hard to expect anything but unmitigated disaster from the third.

Jackson's greed clearly got the best of him. He took a fantastic story and added unnecessary bloat to make three movies. A love affair between and elf and a dwarf is nothing short of blasphemous, and it came across as just plain silly. In addition, having the elf kingdom invaded by orcs made the elves appear about as competent as the three stooges.

Unfortunately short, Jackson should be condemned for his mistreatment of this material. Tolkien would roll over in his grave if he could see how liberal modern Hollywood has destroyed his great work.

3. MDurfee
July 28, 2014

I love it! I can hardly wait! Jackson is an epic story teller. Ignore the purists, this is entertainment at it's finest!