THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES First Trailer

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New Line Cinema and Warner Bros has debuted the first The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer for Peter Jackson’s grand finale in his Middle Earth series, and it looks to be a very exciting ending.

In addition, a new poster has been released, featuring Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, with Sting in hand and the film’s tagline “The Defining Chapter.” Check them out after the jump.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies also stars Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film opens in theaters on December 17th.

And, what the hell, here’s the Comic-Con trailer.

Well then, WETA digital is swamped with effects work right now, so it’s a good bet that these shots are very unfinished.

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You can also check out the Hobbit cast interview at San Diego Comic-Con (via IGN).

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.