The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has released a new poster, which shows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) wielding his sword, Sting. The last part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy is just a few months away, and many fans expect it will be nothing short of spectacular.
Originally, The Hobbit was made of two films, however, Jackson later changed his mind and decided to follow in the footsteps of his other immensely popular trilogy, The Lord of The Rings and make three films. The director also opted for changing the title from the original The Hobbit: There And Back Again, which angered some in the fandom.
Now that “The Defining Chapter” — as the last episode is being dubbed by the studio — is upon us, we can expect to see more promotional items come out in the following months. We already saw the impressive tapestry which includes several snap shots of what is to come in the epic battle.
In this new poster, we see Bilbo Baggins ready to defend himself. Although we know not from who, he looks prepared, and in the background there is nothing but destruction. Martin Freeman plays our hero, who left the comfort of his home in the first chapter to help the company of dwarves reclaim their home of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).
The first poster that was released for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies showed us a first good look at Smaug as he descends upon Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), and the residents of Laketown. The monster is positively terrifying and huge, and there doesn’t seem to be any hope. However, according to J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, the human ends up victorious.
Since the relatively short novel has been made into three movies, many of the details of the book are included in the film. Of course, many have complained that Jackson has taken too many liberties in his narrative. If the new Bilbo Baggins poster is any indication, the long wait to see what happens after the cliffhanger that ended The Desolation of Smaug will be worth it.
During San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, Jackson shared that this is his favorite film in the trilogy, and promised a “thrilling” ending to the story, as reported by Screen Rant.
“By the time we are done with this film, I think it will be the most emotional, the most tense of the three – I think it’s my favorite of the three. Seriously, it’s got a nice thrill and a pace to it. It’s something that, when you get to the end of it, it’s going to feel like the right time to hand over the future of the ring. I was always very much aware of it being a six film set. There was always a sense that one day, long after all this is over, if it’s going to exist in the world it will be as this six film series – that’s how future generations are going to think of them. It starts with The Unexpected Journey and ends with Return of the King.”
You can see Bilbo Baggins and company in U.S. theaters on December 17 in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
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