‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer [Plus New Images]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 2:27 pm,

[Watch the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!]

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy – based on J.R.R. Tolkien’ predecessor novel to The Lord of the Rings – continues this December with the second installment, The Desolation of Smaug.

The film picks back up with the plucky hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), the scruffy, yet noble and courageous, wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), the hard-edged Dwarf warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and their merry band of dwarven companions, following their escape from the Goblin King’s underground kingdom and near-death at the (remaining) hand of Azog the Defiler, a.k.a. The White Orc. However, the greatest danger of them all still lies ahead – in the form of the dragon Smaug – awaiting in the treasure room at Erebor, the Lonely Mountain.

Bilbo and his fellow travelers encounter the Elves of Mirkwood – which includes King Thandruil (Lee Pace), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the lady warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) – before making their way to the sparse and barren lands that surround the Lonely Mountain (a place known as ‘The Desolation of Smaug’). Meanwhile, Gandalf splits off from the company, in an effort to learn more about the mysterious Necromancer – who resides at Dol Guldur – and his connection to the forces of darkness (e.g. Sauron), long believed to have vanished from Middle-earth.

Check out high-definition screenshots from The Desolation of Smaug trailer:


The official teaser poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug features Bilbo, standing alone outside Erebor and the entrance to the abandoned Dwarf Kingdom Under the Mountain.


hobbit desolation smaug poster 570x843 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer [Plus New Images]

Bilbo’s up close and personal meeting with the eponymous scaly beast is expected to be one of the highlights of The Desolation of Smaug, similar to the exchange between Bilbo and Gollum (Andy Serkis) in the first Hobbit movie installment, An Unexpected Journey (a.k.a. the ‘Riddles in the Dark’ sequence). Smaug is voiced by Freeman’s Sherlock costar, Benedict Cumberbatch, but it’s unlikely that New Line Cinema will unveil the dragon in full during the marketing campaign for Jackson’s second Hobbit film (That would call back to how the studio kept Gollum mostly behind the curtain, prior to the theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.)

The newly-released Desolation of Smaug trailer does just that, by literally keeping the beast in the shadows (and voice-less). Similarly, we get a nice peak at some of the majestic landscapes and the new Middle-earth locales visited by Bilbo and his companions; storywise, the emphasis is on the new character additions – especially the aforementioned Mirkwood Elves – and that includes a brief glimpse at the human Bard the Bowman (Fast & Furious 6 star Luke Evans), who will play a pivotal role in events to come.

Overall, it looks as though The Desolation of Smaug will up the ante and better please those who were frustrated by how much of the first Hobbit installment was devoted to setting up future developments in the over-arching story.

Let us know your own thoughts about the trailer in the comment section!


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

The final installment, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, arrives in theaters on December 17th, 2014.

Source: New Line Cinema

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  1. Funny how that goes… I had only mild interest in the, because the trailers focused too much on the ridiculous aspects of the dwarfs. I was expecting another Episode I or Transformers 3, riddled with annoyances. The whole 3D/HFR thing didn’t help either and reduced my interest even more. As a result I skipped the movie in the theater. But when I watched it on Blu-ray a few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised. Now I’m really excited for the upcoming trailer!

    • ^ And that people is why you should never judge a book by its cover

      … unless it’s anything made by Michael bay… in which case you can rest assured the “cover” aptly describes the whole movie… :P

      • @ The Avenger
        + 1 and well said Sir…
        Sarcasm and humor are tough to pull of on a comment board but you succeeded here.

        • Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone made a sarcasm font? Life on the web would be so much easier…

          • That would be fantastic (unless you’re being sarcastic ;)) because I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve typed something, read it over and then deleted it because I thought the sarcasm would be missed or mis-read.

            • I wasn’t being sarcastic.
              See! This is why we need a sarcasm font! Then this kind of confusion would never be a problem again!!!! :D

              • How about Comic Sans!? That seems to be everybodys least favourite font, that would be perfect for sarcasm.

                • Thats one of my favourite fonts although admittedly its not a very useful one. I do concur that there should be a sarcasm font. Screenrant should do a poll :)

      • @ The Avenger
        That was a good point. lol :)

    • Everything you just said except the part about being pleasantly surprised is exactly how I felt. That is precisely why I will not be watching the rest of this series.

      • -1

      • Congratulations on wasting useful space.

      • -2

  2. The Hobbit has remained my most anticipated movie of the year. I’m ready for the trailer!


  3. Just another Lord of the Rings!

    • Well, dah, since the story is written by the same author, takes place in the same sphere, and has many of the same characters, played by the same actors in the movie, which is being made by the same director.

      Amazing how they are so similar, right down to the fact that they are both making billions of dollars!

      • The reason that keeps it from being a complete “duh” is that the actual book The Hobbit has far more differences from LotR than these films would lead one to believe.

        • Ah, no, not really, and yes, I read them.

        • Not really except that The Hobbit seems a bit more humorous and geared toward children…..I first read it as an eleven year old and enjoyed it. I re-read it a few months ago and enjoyed it again though.

  4. Despite using the recent cliché formula for posters (characters back facing the camera, while looking at some sort of destruction) I’ve got to say, they some how managed to make it look cool for this one!

    Can’t wait for the trailer :)

    • Ha, yeah, I’ve already seen the Star Trek Into Darkness poster and The Desolation of Smaug one-sheet mashed together, to point out the similarities.

      That those two feature Sherlock costars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, is just icing on the cake. ;-)

  5. Will be a long day and night waiting for the trailer which I hope 1) doesn’t suck and 2)and also has some shots of dwarves AND Bilbo who are the central characters, and not get lost in the frenzy over the “new” characters. Also hope only a little of the dragon is revealed – just enough to get psyched over, along with Beorn. But I’m guessing this is just the teaser? in spite of the length and there will be a trailer 2, eventually.

  6. Sigh.. They showed the dragon..


    • but we saw it first time around

      • Only glimpses and an eye! That’s clearly teasing. I can’t believe they showed Smaug right off the bat. :(

        • Seriously. I was definitely disappointed by that “spoiler” as well.
          I would have much rather had him teased again, and fully revealed in the film. It was obvious that the film would show the dragon so they didn’t need him in the trailer.

          This just confirms what everybody is saying, that trailers these days reveal too much.

          • Glad I skipped to the comments first. Yes, I’ve read the book but I don’t want the look of Smaug spoiled. Time to avoid all Hobbit trailers and the like until December!

  7. “You think your world is safe?”

    • “You think your son is safe?”

      • “I WILL FIND HIM!”

        • “He is an illusion.”

          • (Rick Tamland…Steve Carell’s character in Anchorman)

            “Life is like a box of chocolates…”

  8. From the trailer at least it looks like the white orc has some better CGI than he did in the first film. The dragon however looks about the same. I am sure my complaints will be the same as they were with the first film but the millions of fans will enjoy it. which is all that really matters.

    • I think the dragon looks horrible in the trailer. His eye in the last movie looked magnificent though.

  9. The CGI looks terrible in some shots :(
    I hope this isn’t the finished product. The first movie was so great, especially the visual aesthetic.

    • Well, there’s still 5-6 months left for post-production, so I would imagine there’s still a lot of refinement work to be done on the CGI.

      • Not to throw a monkey wrench into the works but I distinctly remember us all saying the same thing about Green Lantern 6 months out.

    • I’m glad someone brought up the visuals but sadly I disagree…
      I hope I’ll make sense but please forgive me if I don’t. :)
      One of my only “issues” with The Hobbit was that Middle Earth didn’t feel or look like a real place like it did in the original 3 films.
      One of the many reasons I loved TLoTR was because even when you knew CGI was being used everything felt and looked so real. The landscapes, the sets, and so on…
      Maybe that’s because The Hobbit was shot digitally and in 3-D but for me everything had almost a gloss to it. Even when I watched it on Blu-ray it seemed easy to pick out what was an actual set or landcaspe and what was CGI and that wasn’t the case with the first 3 films.
      This is a small “issue” because I really enjoyed The Hobbit and DoS is my #2 most anticipated after MoS it’s just that after reading your comment I started thinking about it again…

      • I feel exactly the same. I enjoyed The Hobbit but there was indeed a “gloss” and unrealistic look to much of the landscape and all the CGI characters.


      • Like I said, I loved the first Hobbit movie (especially for the visuals), and my problem with the trailer doesn’t lie with the points you brought up, but with the clear, gaping holes in quality in terms of CGI:

        All the characters move exactly the same way and at the same pace while on the bridge – as if it were an old video game (reference: 0:15-0:18 and 1:02-1:05) and a lot of the action shots look as if they’re still in pre-vis, with almost no detailed textures (few references: 0:25-0:30, 0:35-0:37, 1:08-1:11 and especially 1:23-1:24)

        I really hope Sandy is right and the VFX crew are still working on these issues, although the fact that they’d release this footage is a little worrying…

      • Yeah i definitely agree Kevin7, i felt the same way, it wasn’t just the landscapes either, i know the dwarves were supposed to look a bit absurd and ridiculous, but i felt like they were just screaming “I”M IN MAKEUP” where as Gimli in the original LOTR looked so real it was insane.

        However saying all that, i think it’s because Peter Jackson wanted the movie to come off a little more light-hearted, and not so doom and gloom, a better representation of the novel, which is one of the biggest things that separates it from the LOTR trilogy. Not saying I agree, but i think that’s what he was going for.

    • I don’t mind in the slightest.

      For me the CGI in films like these adds to the fantasy feel. They may not look photo-realistic, but do people got watch movies like Shrek for photo-realism?

      Wrong comparison, I know, but it doesn’t bother me, because photo-realistic or not, The Hobbit’s visuals are gonna be absolutely stunning! :D

      • I get your perspective GG, but I think the realistic look helps immersion, b/c it doesn’t pop out at you like wow that looks fake, i feel like costumes and makeup and things of that nature should be good, but at the same time not attract any extra attention to detract or distract from the viewing experience.

  10. legolas enough said =DD

  11. Damn smaug looks huge! Even compared to a hobbit, looks like an epic movie

    • If he looks huge compared to a hobbit, he must be extremely large…

      • And he should be. He’s a dragon capable of destroying cities singlehandledly. He shouldn’t just look like an extra-large komodo dragon. He should be MASSIVE. As in ‘I can gobble up dozens of your warriors and still have room for more!’ massive.

  12. Awesome! :D

  13. I’m disappointed they showed Smaug. Leave a little mystery! I wasn’t very impressed with how he looked, but I know Benedict will give him a truly substantial personality, so there’s that :) I’m still a fan of them rounding out the story by pulling material from other sources in the Tolkienverse. This series definitely has a fanciful look to it whereas The Lord of the Rings went for a darker natural aesthetic. I always felt that The Hobbit was more universally appealing. Anyway, I’m excited for some Desolation.

    • I agree. At first I thought “Good move that they didn’t show the dragon in the trailer” but then came the tacked on scene after the credit screen and I was like “Oh no…” *facepalm*

      By the way, is it just me or does Luke Evans look a lot like Orlando Bloom? I already mixed them up in The Three Musketeers. Luckily Orlando Bloom looks quite different in his Legolas costume, but still…

      • I thought they looked a lot alike too. They could pull of twins in a movie.

    • but we saw him in the first one – didn’t we?

      • Only very quick glances and a close-up the eye. That’s bit different than a full on headshot.

        • I agree, they do look alike. Caught me off guard a little in the trailer.

  14. I am SO pumped!!!! Hope the next 6 months fly by, but if not, I’ve got MoS and Pacific Rim to ease the pain of waiting.

  15. I can’t wait for this movie. The CGI does look like it needs some work but I do see improvement to the white orc. There are some scenes that you can see is a work in progress so I am hoping the finished product will turn out great

  16. I am SO pumped!!!! Hope the next 6 months fly by, but if not, I’ve got MoS, Pacific Rim, and Thor to ease the pain of waiting.

  17. Look, I saw The Hobbit in cinemas, thought it was pretty good, watched it a second time on DVD and honestly, it really doesn’t hold up on it’s own. I understand it’s part of a trilogy but it’s actually pretty boring on second viewing. Fellowship of the Ring was way superior in that it holds up as a singular film on its own. Peter Jackson should be focusing on different things, not dedicating decades of his life to these films. TLOTR trilogy was enough. I feel like he’s in danger of being another George Lucas – awesome Star Wars trilogy and then…nothing else (besides story credits). He’s a legend among a group of people and a rich man for it but artistically speaking, where is he now? My fav Peter Jackson film? The Frighteners. King Kong was unreal. Really sick of all this elvish b******* though. He’s a great film maker, just over indulgent. King Kong didn’t need to be three hours long and The Hobbit didn’t need to be a trilogy. I feel like it’s holding him back.

    • Funny, but for me, and apparently countless others, the first installment holds up just fine on its own, and I am sure Jackson appreciates your advise, but don’t be angered if he doesn’t get back to you, as he is busy making classic movies, profiting in the billions of dollars.

      Now you are aware…you don’t have to watch them if you don’t want to.

      • I agree with Gnarly that Fellowship of the Ring was far, far superior to An Unexpected Journey both as a faithful adaption of the source material and as a standalone film in its own right. Of course no one is forcing anyone to watch the Hobbit films, but when you’ve spent many years waiting for a beloved book to be adapted in live action, you hope for the best, and have every right to be vocally critical if disappointed.

        As far as the George Lucas comparison, he certainly did not fail to make billions of dollars and make a lot of people happy, but not Neccessarily because all of his films were actually good.

        • And I am merely reminding you and the few others here who did not like the first installment that countless others did.

          Can’t please all of the people all of the time.

          • No, I’ll go see it :) I’ll happily contribute to his billions. Not trying to be a biitch or anything, just interested in his career. Are you a LotR fan or have you seen all his work? Check out Meet the Feebles (another fav), you’ll never believe it’s the same guy who’s now doing elves and sh*t. Man, I’m just so keen on what else he can give us. JerryoftheWest is right though, fans of the Tolkien books have every right to be vocally critical if disappointed, don’t be so defensive.

  18. Can’t wait to rewatch this trailer in IMAX at the man of steel premiere Thursday :)

  19. Why does Legolas look like he is made out of CGI.

    Why is he also wearing eye liner.


    A disappointing trailer, but it still looks quite good. Was expecting awesome though…

  20. Because Orlando Bloom is 12 years older and a few pounds heavier these days. Digital de-aging.

    • They could have avoided having to do that and simultaneously been faithful to the book by just not including Legolas in this film. *sigh*

    • I thought elves were ageless?

  21. Looks pretty good. More action packed, so hopefully the people bashing the first one will be happy with this one. But it is good to see Middle Earth alive and well.

    And on another note……..

    Happy 20th Anniversary Jurassic Park!
    Which opened the door to movies like this.

    • I’d say Star Wars did that more than Jurassic Park.

  22. It’s a bit CGI-tastic!

  23. As much as I hate to say it, this trailer just doesn’t look very appealing. It appears there are too many action sequences with WAY too much CGI. I don’t think they need to force that much on the audience. This should have just been two movies.

    • “Forcing”? No one is forcing anything on you, as you don’t have to see any of these films. As for me, I’m fine paying for three movies, as I enjoy every moment in Middle Earth.

  24. Loved the trailer! Can’t wait for this movie…

  25. Really loved Lee Pace in this teaser – and now I am convinced he is totally playing Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy.

  26. Saw the first one twice in theaters, absolutely loved it! Didn’t see the 48fps though. nothing is gonna hold me back Dec. 13.

  27. Thats alot of CGI.

  28. BTW am I the only one noticed that there are several scenes of characters literally LEAPING into battle?

  29. Also, the first thing that struck me while watching this trailer was that it seems a lot darker in tone than the first movie. Which makes sense considering the content it covers…