‘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. Oh, God, I really, really, really hope they will improve the CGI.
    This one in the trailer looks terrible!

    • Same here. But ! In the first trailer of part 1 the CGI looked the same and improve very well ! I trust Jackson.

  2. Oh, hell yes! Can’t wait for this movie!

  3. WTF is this? A trailer for Eragon II?

    • Is that supposed to be funny? I bet most of the people here don’t even remember that forgettable movie.

      And for those who do it makes no sense: It’s not like it showed Bilbo riding Smaug.

      • Sure they remember that movie. Everyone remembers Star Wars.

        • Oh I see what you did there. haha

  4. I hope the CGI gets improved and that the scenes from the book last longer than the ones they added. But aside from that, FANGASM!!

  5. Oh dear. The eighties called, they’d like their CGI back.

    • Back then there wasn’t any.

      Just pretend this is a Dreamworks movie. Suddenly you’ll start appreciating the CGI.

  6. Sandy, Benedict is also providing the motion capture for Smaug. Sadly, Martin wasn’t in the same room so they couldn’t riff off of each other.

  7. I hope they improve on some of the CGI while still at post production. The CGI elves in the battle of Dagorland looked far more realistic than these woodland elves who seem to be jumping from tree to tree. Aside from that, the movie looks awesome and I cant wait to see it! Cumberbatch that dragon benedict !

  8. Sorry about the typo – * Dagorlad

  9. Looks fairly decent, but I have to say, way more elf-heavy than the book. *sigh* I want to be interested in this…but it’s hard.

  10. Looks pretty good to me I’m looking forward to this one. I think Jackson has done a great job with Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit.

  11. Thought it was great cant wait to see it on big screen

  12. I am very excited about “The Man of Steel” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

    *thumbs up*

    If I was making this trailer, I would have silhouetted the dragon. I would have left the big reveal to the movie.

  13. I was pretty shocked that they showed Smaug in the first trailer.

    The only thing I can think is that they didn’t want to keep the audience in suspense for something that they didn’t feel like was going to be any more mind-blowing than other dragons that we’ve seen on the silver screen, so they just decided, “eh, let’s just show him, and then we’ll go from there.”

    Overall I think it will be a fun movie regardless, and I’m sure that the CGI will be fixed in post-production. They still have six months to go before the movie is released.

  14. Of course the barrel scene got “Jackson-ized” Not sure how I feel about that, but I think (and I did this for the first film) if I just remove myself from having read the book and just appreciate the film on its own merits, it’ll be fine…

    • Congratulations, you are a better man than I.

      So much about the first film I just couldn’t see past because I knew ahead of time OR was waiting with baited breath to see like Gandalf bringing down the Goblin King in the great hall. :/

  15. God, all anyone is talking about is Legolas, and he wasn’t even in The Hobbit. And dat CGI, so cartoony looking and moving.

    • Well…The Hobbit was written before TLoR and the elves in The Hobbit are from Mirkwood and if I remember correctly Legolas is the son of the King of Mirkwood…so really he is in The Hobbit. Tolkien just hadn’t created the character yet. I don’t find adding Legolas to be an outrageous departure since it would seem logical that he would have been around during the events of the Hobbit.

  16. Looks great!! Can’t wait!!

  17. Looks pretty darn good to me, but then I didn’t need a trailer to know that my rear end will be in the theater come December. I also wished that they held back the Smaug reveal, but it was mostly his head so we still have the TOTAL reveal.

  18. Everything about this looks so great! At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Smaug’s look. I think it was just the initial shock of it not being what I expected. But the more I see it, the more it grows on me. They gave him that classic “dragon-ish” look.

  19. I don’t get it… they were hiding Smaug for a whole last movie…
    only to show his head in the very first trailer for part 2?

  20. I think The Hobbit Part 1 is a masterpiece. Martin Freeman plays Bilbo brilliantly. Quite anxious to see the next instalment.

    • Yes, a masterpiece…
      …with awful CGI, bad pacing, terrible editing in battles, shoehorned scenes and characters that serve no purpose, poorly designed characters, the majority of the film filmed in front of green screen…

      • I thought The Hobbit was paced beautifully, without the sense of urgency of LOTR. It allowed the dwarf characters to anchor themselves alongside Bilbo and because these characters are mostly played by mature actors, the quality of their performance is superior.

        • I wasn’t reffering to the slow start – in fact, the first hour is my favorite part.
          When I said ”bad pacing”, I meant both the slowness and the speed.
          One half of the film is very slow, but then it turns a warp drive and becomes too fast.
          The scenes in the Goblin Town and the showdown with Azog are soo fast and uninteresting.
          When the Dwarves, led by Gandalf, escaped the Goblin Town, I hoped for a little breather… but no! It almost immedietelly started to rain with bad CGI action.
          And the Riddles in the Dark (Gollum vs Bilbo) scene was cutting the action in Goblin Town, which reminded me of Two Towers, where the Battle of Helm’s Deep was constantly cut with the scenes of Ents talking.

          If I was a filmmaker, I would have Goblin Town escape/battle FIRST, and then the whole Riddles in the Dark scene, and then the final showdown, when the eagles come.

          • Yes, it did get a little frantic toward the end and your sequencing opinion has merit.

            • I was not Martin Freeman’s Bilbo.. He certainly looked the part but most of his scenes were underwhelming.


              • *I was not impressed by Martin Freeman’s Bilbo.

                • Er, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but I think Freeman’s Bilbo is beyond amazing – I’ve hit the replay button more than once just to re-watch his scenes. He’s perfect.

                  • Agreed. Freeman is so spot on perfect that you cannot imagine anyone else playing the part.

        • “I thought The Hobbit was paced beautifully, without the sense of urgency of LOTR. It allowed the dwarf characters to anchor themselves alongside Bilbo and because these characters are mostly played by mature actors, the quality of their performance is superior.”

          Well said! I’m amazed at reading books about the Hobbit movies at the thought the dwarve actors put into their parts, they all have distinct back stories and personalities which there just isn’t time to put on screen – or maybe were filmed but cut out, like Nori stealing a chicken from Dwalin and there’s a confrontation over it. Also Jackson cast for who could play the part, not for Hollywood names. I’m far more engaged with all the characters in the Hobbit than I ever felt with LOTR.

          It’s going to be a LONG wait. As far as the CGI, well, the worst thing I see is sort of a Photoshop thing, that the edges of the elves etc. and the dragon need softening, they’re too sharp and makes it too obvious these are pictures over pictures. Don’t know if that’s a side effect of filming in 48fps, either. But this is just a first trailer, and as with the Hobbit am sure PJ & co. will be working up to the last minute – not so easy at the moment, as they are still filming in NZ.

  21. Well, I like the action, but the dragon sucks (visually). Let`s hope Benedict can stand up and give us a good villain (and I do hope we see more of the Necromancer).

  22. The first installment was more like King Kong.

    Way to drawn out for the material at hand.

    So the film was just way too slow getting started. Boring for a lot of it.

    I hope they crank things along for this one. I would rather have three two hour films that kept me engaged than three three hour films that I have to work at to watch.

  23. If I was a filmmaker, I would have Goblin Town escape/battle FIRST, and then the whole Riddles in the Dark scene, and then the final showdown, when the eagles come.

      • But neither of you are film makers so that makes the argument less credible.
        If you have the Goblin battle THEN the entire riddle game, you leave all the rest of the characters doing what exactly? Waiting for Bilbo to show up not dead? Searching for Bilbo? Taking a nap?
        The events happen simultaneously so intercutting was the best choice. What you’re taking about would work well in say, a book. Film has a different language.

  24. Very much already anticipating it a lot plus its got phoarhhlando in it which is a bonus this time around.. I like the possibility there may be more action as well in this part of the trilogy.

  25. I think that the 3rd film will arrive in theaters on July 2014.

    • nope christmas ’14, they moved it back

  26. Can’t wait, the action looks great

  27. Its so difficult to please everybody. There’s a reason why jackson is directing and we are not. So lets just all sit back, relax and enjoy the film for what it is.

  28. That certainly looks far more entertaining than the first one but yeah, what’s up with the horrible CGI?

  29. Waaaaay too many over-analytical negative people out there. It’s based on a great kids book. And what is with all this CGI complaining?! Do you people not like ANY animated movies?! Ok then, just enjoy the movie. I feel sorry for you negatives out there.