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It’s interesting when you can base the closing of the year around the release of The Hobbit or, used to be, Harry Potter. Maybe it’s the elves…no I’m positive, it’s the elves or it could be the Celtic/ Druid myths surrounding dragons and wizards. Either way…pale face white people with pointy ears are a shoe in during the holidays. I wonder if the same would work for a Chinese man with pointy ears? Hmmmm…I digress, this will probably be the last trailer before the release of The Hobbit on December 13 2013, a day after my birthday so it makes sense that they, they being Peter Jackson, has crammed so many new images from the film into this trailer, that it almost comes off desperate…especially at the end. That aside, the trailer delves deeper into Legolas’s (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel’s (Evangeline Lilly) relationship which, quite honestly, I don’t remember any off in the books, but it has been twenty plus years since I’ve read it. The two seem to be in the same lovers conundrum as Eragon and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings. Legolas wants Dat-Ass and Tauriel’s father forbids it…I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but that’s what I gathered from the trailer. The trialer get’s a bit lenghty towards the end, as I mentioned, with this long drawn out semi-reveal of Smaug. We do get to hear Smaug’s voice for the first time which sounds a bit like KHAAAAAAN!!!, but that makes sense considering Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) is voicing the character. Take a look at the trailer below, along with some new banners featuring characters from the film.

The Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

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