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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Has Middle-earth In An Epic Power Struggle

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Bilbo, Thorin, and company return for the final film of the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy.

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Has Middle-earth In An Epic Power Struggle

Middle-earth is hitting theaters one more time in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Peter Jackson previously adapted J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to both critical acclaim and financial success. Now, we are coming to the end of Jackson's adaption of another one of Tolkien's works in The Hobbit.

Unlike The Lord of the Rings, the material in The Hobbit is not as dark and grim. The novel of The Hobbit is geared towards a younger audience, but the movies have taken on a more serious tone. To accomplish this task, Jackson has incorporated material from other Middle-earth orientated works of Tolkien to give this trilogy its darker look. Taking an even further liberty towards the source material, Jackson and Fran Walsh, Jackson's wife, created a new character that debuted in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, one that has no origins in Tolkien's Middle-earth. That character is Tauriel, played by Lost alum Evangeline Lilly. As someone who has read The Hobbit though, I will say the creation fit neatly into the storyline.

In the trailer, good and evil are pitted against each other in classic Middle-earth style. Glimpses of Smaug the Magnificent, the White Orc, and Sauron's eye are seen, as well as the good guys: Bilbo, Thorin, Legolas, Gandalf, Thranduil, etc. All seem worried about the impending doom, and I can't blame them.

The mood of the trailer is set by Bilbo's somber words: "One day I'll remember, remember everything that happened. The good, the bad, those who survived, and those that did not." That sorrowful tone is carried throughout the trailer as a vintage Middle-earth tune - which will sound familiar to fans of the series - picks up right after those words by Bilbo. This conclusion is sure to have some key members perish, both good and evil.

The epic final chapter to Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' trilogy hits theaters on December 13, 2014.

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