Must Watch: Three-Minute 'Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' Trailer

November 4, 2013
Source: Warner Bros.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

"Destroy the dragon. Take back your homeland." The past 24 hours have been chock full of goodness for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with seven new character posters, one final theatrical one sheet, and The Hobbit fan event taking place earlier today (we'll post that video below whenever it's available online). Now one of the treats unveiled at the event is online in the form of a three-minute, extended first look trailer for the fantasy epic sequel from director Peter Jackson. There's tons of stunning new footage here, including more details on just what Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) has to endure this time, not to mention the clash between dwarves and elves, and a great new line from Smaug himself. Watch the trailer!

Here's the extended trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug from Warner Bros. Pictures:

And here's all the footage from The Hobbit fan event hosted by Anderson Cooper and featuring Richard Armitage, the film's Thorin Oakenshield; Orlando Bloom, who returns to the role of Legolas from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; Evangeline Lilly, who joins the cast as a new Elf warrior, Tauriel; Lee Pace, the film's Elf King Thranduil; Luke Evans, who joins the cast as Bard the Bowman; and Andy Serkis, a member of Jackson's filmmaking team and the first film's Gollum. The bumper plays for along time in the beginning with a scrolling Twitter bar, but the actual video stars at 10:02, so enjoy, you crazy Hobbit fans:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 13th.

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  • JudgeMethos
  • dawko
    Trailer may be good, but it won't convince me to go to cinema. Jackson failed me too many times...
    • Quynh Truong
      it is a children book, what do you expect? the godfather
      • dawko
        It comes from the same guy who made LotR so I expect certain standards. Hobbit: Unexpected Journey was the exact opposite of those standards
        • Error_Sapiens
          I agree there are lots of weaknesses, but on the other hand.. you can`t make Narnia look like Game of thrones if you take my point? Im reading the hobbit for my six year old now, and hes loving it.. would never read him lord of the rings at the same age.. same goes for the movies.. they need a lighter approach based on their origins.. but hey, thats my opinion...and not taking into account production design or equipment used of course.
          • dawko
            I have absolutely no problem with it being "lighter", I know that it is kids' book. My problem is that by splitting the book into three movies, each scene is much longer what eventually ruins the magic. For example, I found Hobbiton or Smeagol-Bilbo scenes extremely exhausting to watch, and I am not sure whose idea it was to make three movies...
          • Error_Sapiens
            Aah, Point taken. And a good point it is! :)
    Damn son. This was awesome! // Ethan, some one is spamming the comments section pretty hard right now, voting people down and leaving BS replies.
  • Error_Sapiens
    Trailers might be trailers, and there are a lot of similarities between the LoTr cinematics, and the Hobbit which pulls these movies down a bit+ the lack of the beautiful big-atures/miniatures from the old movies, but.. that said.. I think Peter seems to be doing a good job blending a pure childrens book with cinematics that can reach out to both fans and newcomers.. at all ages. It`s a risk, obviously, to make these movies, but I can still see the respect for Tolkiens work, and I can see a love for movies.. and most of all I dont see another REBOOT/REMAKE.
  • Jon Odishaw
    I'm still offended that this has been made into three movies. But the first one was surprisingly good
    • Nick Henderson
      Cut out 40minutes and the first one was okay. But I was pretty disappointed with not much happening and the obscene amount of CGI that was used.
    • avconsumer2
      Your disappointment vs. the fanboi assault that would ensue had it been condensed into one three hour flick... insignificant. Oh and moneys.
  • Nielsen700
    I'm so damn excited!
  • Xerxexx
    This is exactly the hobbit should be.
  • Wafffles
    Having recently watched the first two seasons of Sherlock (great show!), seeing the two of them together around 12:00 in, shall we say, vastly different roles from Watson and Holmes is quite amusing.
  • Nick Henderson
    So I am guessing that my theatre will only be playing this in 2D or IMAX 3D I would love to watch it in IMAX 2D.........
    • avconsumer2
      Indeed. My local IMAX actually had one showing of the latest Riddick in 2D with all the others in 3D. First time I'd seen that. Sadly, they haven't done that since. Seemed like a pretty good crowd though, I'd be surprised if it didn't happen again (& hopefully with more 2D showings).
  • Robbie
    Holy sh*t, that must've been one of best trailers I've seen in a while.
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    Trailer looks great but I'm starting to think Martin Freeman wasn't that good of a choice to play Bilbo. Sure, he was pretty good in the first but now things start to get more serious and his goofy, angsty mannerisms look out of place. I know that's his character but I think it's not going to work very well. Of course, haven't seen the movie yet (duh) but that's how I feel right now.
  • jimmy
    I would rather comment first, "does this trailer give away alot?" before watching this 3 min long trailer.
  • Chris Scott
    I can't wait I loved the first part and I will be seeing the second part as well!
  • I'm looking forward to returning to Middle Earth.
  • Ege Sönmez
    that was 3 minutes? I could have kept watching for 180 minutes more.
  • God the hobbit is so much BETTER than lord of the rings!
    • cobrazombie
      Sorry, I just have to downvote you on that.
      • Of course you do you are a pretentious douche! You go jump on that hipster band wagon. I hope you all enjoy your identical argyle sweaters.
  • cobrazombie
    They still bothering with the 48fps?




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