The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (formerly There and Back Again, a better title in my opinion, but I’m dealing with it) has finally been released. This is potentially the last Middle-earth film we’ll ever see on the big screen, and fans have been biting their nails for months expecting a trailer to drop. At last, it premiered this weekend at Comic-Con, but of course it still wasn’t put online for the general public, causing fandom-wide anguish. Then yesterday we got the news that Monday would be the day. And after finally seeing it, I am not disappointed.
This trailer gave me some pretty intense goosebumps in under two minutes. There’s been a lot of talk about this final movie being closer in tone to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and you can definitely see that here. If you’ve read The Hobbit, you know that although it was written as a children’s book and is quite lighthearted for the most part, by the end things get much darker. Just so you’re prepared, I’ve outlined some of the moments that will have you reaching for a cardigan to control the chills.
- Bilbo says he’ll remember those who survived and those who didn’t. So it’s not really a spoiler to tell you that, yes, characters will die. And I will too.
- Smaug attacks Lake-town. In case you forgot, he’s still alive. And he is angry.
- “Edge of Night,” also known as “Pippin’s Song” from The Return of the King, is playing. It’s like they’re trying to kill us with feels.
- A crowd of people walks away from a smoking Lake-town in an epic landscape shot. Middle-earth, man.
- Galadriel walks barefoot across debris and then plants a kiss on Gandalf’s head in Dol Guldur. We last saw him there imprisoned.
- Thorin. Just everything about Thorin. He goes down a very dark path in this movie, and you can already see it happening here.
- An elven army dramatically parts for Bard, who’s really going to come into his own this movie.
- Bilbo is sitting down looking dirty and sad while soldiers walk past. I’m going to cry.
- Someone is riding a chariot over ice. I repeat, someone is riding a chariot over ice.
- Bard asks Thorin if he wants peace or war. Thorin answers, while wearing his king gear, “I will have war.” Richard Armitage brings the chills like no other.
- Bard charges into battle a la Aragorn at Helm’s Deep.
- BOOM! EYE OF SAURON!
- Thorin asks his companions to follow him one last time. And look at that, I’m drowning in my own tears.
Peter Jackson has said that the official full-length trailer will be released in October. And then on December 17, 2014 (exactly eleven years after Return of the King came out), the movie itself will be in theaters. Now excuse me while I watch this trailer twenty more times.