13 Moments In The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Trailer That Will Give You Chills

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Smaug attacks Lake-town. In case you forgot, he’s still alive. And he is angry.
  3. “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.
  4. A crowd of people walks away from a smoking Lake-town in an epic landscape shot. Middle-earth, man.
  5. Galadriel walks barefoot across debris and then plants a kiss on Gandalf’s head in Dol Guldur. We last saw him there imprisoned.
  6. Thorin. Just everything about Thorin. He goes down a very dark path in this movie, and you can already see it happening here.
  7. An elven army dramatically parts for Bard, who’s really going to come into his own this movie.
  8. Bilbo is sitting down looking dirty and sad while soldiers walk past. I’m going to cry.
  9. Someone is riding a chariot over ice. I repeat, someone is riding a chariot over ice.
  10. 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.
  11. Bard charges into battle a la Aragorn at Helm’s Deep.
  12. BOOM! EYE OF SAURON!
  13. 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.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      Oooops this reminded me I totally forgot to watch the 2nd movie.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        For shame! But at least you have until December.

      • Tpce

        This right here… haha. The problem was taking The Hobbit and making it 3 – 3 hour movies. It’s just too much. I love JRR Tolkien and loved the first trilogy movie adaptation but this one should have been two movies tops. With that said I will however go see it and complete my Tolkien fantasy visually.

    • StarNerd

      So many feelings!!!

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I’m still recovering.

    • Vera

      I never got excited for “The Hobbit” as much I did for for LOTR, but I’m so happy they’re Richard Armitage’s big (U.S.) breakthrough. I have been rooting for that handsome & talented guy for almost a decade.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Yes! I didn’t know who Richard Armitage was until The Hobbit, but now I’m such a fan. I can’t wait to see how he handles Thorin’s character in this movie.

    • Alexandra Mitchell

      I know a few people who think the use of Pippen’s song is misplaced because he’s not an introduced character and his story comes far later. But I think his song is perfectly placed. “There are many paths to tread.” I mean, c’mon?! That’s insanely perfect. But seriously, so many feels. I cannot wait for this. But I’m also sad it’s the end of Jackson’s Tolkien journey. Unless he decides to do more, which I will support wholeheartedly.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Agreed! I think the song sets the tone really well, and the lyrics come from a song in the books that was actually written by Bilbo, so it’s even more appropriate.

    • Maria

      I just reread the book and I remembered stuff that happen (not gonna spoil it). I’m not prepared!!!! I’m going to cry so much after this movie. I can’t believe it’s the last one..

      • Jill O’Rourke

        You and me both. I’m bringing lots of tissues.

    • Alan

      The Hobbit has been stretched a little thin….like butter over too much bread…but the battle of five armies was a rousing ending to the book….Dont look for this to be the last you will hear of Middle Earth…there is SO much rich material in the Silmarillion..and the Book of Unfinished Tales//////wouldnt you like to meet Galadriel and Celeborn when they were young…the family tree of Elrond is enough for 3 movies…..and wouldnt you love to meet Sauron’s master…Morgoth?? Certainly someone will want to make billions and take up the story of the first and second ages….

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