‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer: Meet the King Under the Mountain [Updated]

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“I do believe the worst is behind us now,” quoth Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) at the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, eliciting a laugh from everyone in the audience who had either read the books or was aware that Bilbo had merely completed the first chapter of an adventure that spans two more movies and will likely bring a lot more trouble along the way.

Earlier today we unveiled some character posters of Bilbo and friends in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and now there’s a three-minute trailer for the movie to reveal even more of what this sequel has to offer. The trailer gives a comprehensive look at the characters, both old and new, who will be encountered in this leg of Bilbo Baggins’ journey, including another fleeting glimpse of Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt) and a flashing vision of the Eye of Sauron.

By the time the second or third trailer for a movie rolls around there’s often a lot of recycled footage involved, but The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug apparently has plenty of clips to pick out from its running time as this trailer is comprised almost entirely of brand new footage. It’s also probably the best trailer so far, doing a neat job of laying out Thorin’s quest and the attitudes of the various factions towards it, as well as introducing the Arkenstone as a key plot device.

[UPDATE: Watched the trailer and hungry for more? Check out this new production diary video for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.]

The one fly in the ointment of Thorin’s plan to re-enter the Lonely Mountain and reclaim his home and title as King Under the Mountain is not a fly at all, but a reptile. A very large reptile with wings and a belly full of fire and the growly, grumpy voice of Benedict Cumberbatch with which to announce his own claim to the royal title. So far we’ve only been given fairly brief glimpses of Smaug and this trailer is no exception, but he does get in one chilling line of dialogue.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has a difficult task to pull off as the middle portion of an epic trilogy based on a 300-page book, since it has to follow up on story arcs that were established in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, introduce a whole host of new characters and also set up the events of The Hobbit: There and Back Again. This is an extremely promising trailer, however, and it will be a joy to see Smaug sparring in battles of both wits and might on the big screen.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters on December 13th, 2013.

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  1. Looks absolutely epic! Can’t wait!

  2. Sherlock! You’re alive! And a dragon?

    Well you are a hobbit.

    • or rather, Watson is the Hobbit…

  3. Even better than the last trailer! Though, Smaug’s absence loses some points.

    • I’m actually surprised they’ve showed him at all in these trailors. I’d personally rather wait for the big reveal.

      • Agreed.

        Then again, all trailers show the ENTIRE movie these days. I find it rather annoying.

        I only watched this one because I’ve read the book and know what’s going to happen anyway. I usually avoid trailers and clips of movies that I don’t already know the story for. Like Thor 2 for example. I quit watching Thor 2 stuff like a month ago. Didn’t wanna see any spoilers.

        • definitely looks better than an unexpected journey. i think all fans of the book would agree that a;; the best stuff happens towards the second half of the book anyway (elves, beorn, smaug, spiders etc). i still would have loved ron perlman to be cast as Beorn, but I’m sure Mikael Persbrandt will do a good job.

          I am really looking forward to seeing a full shot of smaug too. the dragons in harry potter were realised very well as were the ones in reign of fire, but I;m sure jackson will put them all to shame with his rendering.

          I’ll be watching it in 2d though, as (for me at least_ the frame rates they are now using for 3d i find blurs the action sequences (noticed it most recently with thor 2)

  4. Just watched the added production diary. Seems like it would be a lot of fun to work on a movie like this, with people like them.

  5. Can’t wait for this! It looks awesome. I will, however, be seeing this in 2D since the 3D trailer I saw during Gravity didn’t impress me.

    • you saw gravity? ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Splitting small book into three movies…worst idea ever.
    Expect to see Smaug talk for half an hour..

    • Find a forum of fanboys who care ;)

    • I agree with Art…find a forum with people who care. Nobody wants to stop you from expressing your opinion, but jeeze, you guys complaining about three movies are getting old. For a true fan of Middle Earth, we enjoy all the time we can get there.

      And you know…no one is forcing you to see them.

      • Hear Hear Jeff. That complaint grew old before the first movie came out. I for one am looking forward to my next trip to Middle Earth. I always want to ask people like dawko if they enjoyed the battle at Helm’s Deep in the Two Towers. If Jackson would have stuck to the book, that battle would have taken up somewhere around 10 minutes of screen time. I am glad Jackson stretched the battle just like I am glad he is stretching parts of the Hobbit and adding some material from the appendix.

      • If you can make the neckbeards who complain about Iron Man 3′s twist, then we will shut up about this, because it’s the exact same thing. They did unnecessary changes, they added characters that had nothing to do with the story and they’re making it much longer than needed.

    • for the 93849384938956834958394th time, the 3rd part of the trilogy is heavily based on a post script tolkien wrote, that was over 100 pages. Been said to death on this site to you fanboys.

    • People need to understand that these three movies do NOT contain just the book, they are an adaption of events that went on during (or related to) the time of The Hobbit.

    • What’s wrong with Smaug talking for half an hour? Did you here that voice?!?

    • Can’t be said enough, dawko. This movie looks like it will be as horrible as the first. Oddly though, I’m looking forward to seeing it in HFR 3D like I did the first. It’s a new level of hilarious atrociousness (but I expect the porn industry will embrace it and push it into the mainstream over the coming [no pun intended] years, as they’ve done before), although by far the worst effect is Peter Jackson and crews lost ability to edit themselves.

  7. My favorite part was the bear.

    • Just a glimpse of him, like the dragon. Looking forward to seeing both of them in the film.

  8. Complete amazeballs!

  9. Great trailer. I think that this movie will have a little faster pace than the first one. I cannot wait to see this movie.

  10. I think I peed in my pants

  11. I enjoyed An Unexpected Journey, but this one looks like real LOTR material!

    Also, I think the marketing for Smaug has been perfect. We’ve seen his face and how he sounds, but we’ve yet to see the whole dragon head to toe (plus we’ve seen barely glimpses of him in action). I’m sure there will be plenty of epic action with Smaug in the film that we haven’t seen in the trailers. I can’t wait!

  12. I love the production diaries

  13. It is very weird these three trailers. Almost as if they are in reverse, with the third showing minimal Smaug and offering minimal dialogue, the second showing minimal Smaug but a few lines of dialogue and the first showing full on Smaug with no dialogue.

    Frankly, I don’t get the level of thinking with that. As I said in another thread and as others have mentioned here, his voice would’ve been enough (Benny Cucumber sounds marvelously rasping). Hey ho.

    • I really don’t get why there needs to be more then one trailer for a movie. I also don’t get why ppl go to bad movies multiple times either? I’m looking forward to this because I sat threw the first hobbit movie waiting for it to get good all the way up to the credits . I watched the 3 lotr movies and the hobbit. if I never saw the 3 lotr movies I wouldn’t be watching the second part to this bad movie. At least this looks way better then the first one.

  14. Awesome

  15. Looks like it’s going to be A LOT better than the first, i sure do hope so.

  16. Did anyone notice the similarity of the song at 1:10 with the Nokia Trailer’s song from Man of Steel?

    • it’s just generic batch trailer music. it won’t be in the movie. it’s not by the same composer. and in my opinion, it’s glaringly forgettable.

  17. Does anyone know what the music is in the trailer?

    Perhaps something by Trailerhead or Corner Cues? Any idea?

  18. EEEK! So excited! Though I thought I wouldn’t be, I’m really excited to see how Tauriel turns out. She seems pretty epic and if anyone can create a character like Tolkien would, it’s Peter Jackson.

  19. Wow!! i did not expect that at all. What an awesome trailer !!! i cant wait

  20. It continues to amaze me how completely uninterested Peter Jackson seems to be in the titular Hobbit. Both the first movie and these trailers obviously care about elves, dwarves, Sauron, and swordplay more than they care about the most important thing in the novel: Bilbo Baggins introduction to a larger world and his growth from homebody to courageous adventurer.

    The White Council scene in the first movie was some of the best evidence of this. Bilbo was completely missing for ten minutes. I can’t think of a reason really why any scene shouldn’t have Bilbo in it. It’s called The Hobbit. It would make it a more focused experience and actually give the audience a way in to the story.

  21. I am looking forward to this immensely – I noticed in the most recent production diary, there was a lot more Thorin, as was in the newest trailer. During the process of the first movie, not a lot of Thorin, but there was sufficient Bilbo. This trailer has a plenty of Hobbit-centric scenes. And for you uptight pseudo-Tolkien purists who like to make semi-erudite rude whinings about how there should only be one or two movies, please keep your troll-ness in your cave. Let those of us who are happy and excited about the second and (YES!) third movie enjoy the magic. But I do hope they didn’t give away all the good scenes.