New Trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

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Warner Bros. focused much of its summer publicity on their risky Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Now, however, it’s time to turn to Warner’s other big franchise release of 2013: the middle part of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The film’s initial trailer teased our first good look at the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), as he’ll apparently come face to face with our little hero, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). Since the trailer’s release, we’ve had a smattering of behind the scenes looks – along with the disappointing news that there would be no Comic-Con 2013 panel for the film.

Now, we finally have a new trailer for the second part of Bilbo’s journey as he joins the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his band of Dwarves as they continue their quest to reclaim their home (and gold) from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

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Having escaped the Goblin King’s kingdom beneath the Misty Mountains and survived their encounter with the Defiler (a.k.a. The White Orc), Bilbo and company encounter the Elves of Mirkwood. There they meet King Thandruil (Lee Pace), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and the warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).

As they make their way toward the blasted lands surrounding the Lonely Mountain – which suffered Smaug’s desolation – Gandalf leaves the company and attempts to learn more about the disturbing, mysterious Necromancer of Dol Guldur, whose presence is thought to be connected to the dark forces (like Sauron), which were supposedly banished from Middle Earth eons ago.

While Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was mostly faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit trilogy features distinct expansions on the original novel, which is actually pretty short. It’s clear that Jackson is attempting to use The Hobbit as not just a prequel, but a way to explore the unknown history of Middle Earth and just how the evil of Smaug signaled the coming of a much darker enemy.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13th, 2013.

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  1. Awesome Trailer… you can briefly see BEORN at the 1:29 mark. The scene of the army of orcs…is that at Dol Guldur???

    • Pretty sure it is Dol Guldur. In the background you can see the fortress. The Necromancer(Saurons) forces are beginning to bolster. Probably leading up to film 3

      • Cool

  2. Bilbo dies, Gandalf kneels over his body, anger builds up in his face…….. SMAUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGG!!!

    • I see what you did there. x)

  3. I love this trailer. This now has me even more excited to check it out come December


  5. Now that’s a trailer!

  6. Holy crap! Cucumberpatch must have ruined his voice doing this movie! :P

    Awesome trailer, and so much better than the first one they released. Although, it still bothers me that during the CGI scene where they walk along the bridge the characters all move exactly the same way. I know there’s still about a month of post production left, but you’d think the VFX guys would have cleaned up those kinds of shots by now…

    • I doubt he ruined his voice it sounds heavily heavily altered. I bet be spoke rather normal. It does sound very great tho. But like the first film the excess cgi is a letdowm cause the trilogy made such good use of models. The white orc looks terrible

      • I agree… more practical effects and less CGI pleeeez. awesome trailer tho!!

      • Azog is by far the worst effect in these films so far–I’d say even worse than the Goblin King simply because he’s being used as a primary antagonist. I frankly wish he would have been kept as just a name in passing, as he was in the books, though if he needed to be included I don’t know why he couldn’t have been done with practical effects (as the more memorable Uruk-Hai were in the LOTR trilogy).

  7. EPIC!

  8. Smaug sounds epic. Benedict should voice a transformer as well

  9. Epictacular…

  10. Awesome, can’t wait for this, I love the fact that Jackson is going beyond the original story and adding in the story around the Necromancer as well, who actually symbolised Sauron’s return to power (Smaug was out for himself and nothing else).


  12. Darnnit! After the first one I didnt think I would be excited for the second film…but now I will have to endure excitement and anticipation ALL OVER AGAIN…hope it is better, not that the first one was TERRIBLE, just did not live up to my ill conceived hype.

    • Actually, it kind of was terrible. There were a few cool scenes in an otherwise bloated, plodding, and cringe inducing “film”.

      The trailer looks ok, but I am skeptical.


      • I found it to be wonderful, but a film having various opinions on it means people will remember it.

        • Remembered only as a disappointment, otherwise totally forgettable.


          • Not for me, I liked it too. Not forgettable at all.

            • Forgettable? Definitely not, I just think Jackson set himself up unfairly doing this trilogy (Though I prefer him doing it frankly) simply because the LOTR trilogy is utter perfection, so anything below that is just unacceptable to us now, which as i mentioned before is unfair to Jackson but it is what it is.

              The First film was very solid, though I still don’t know if i’d deem it “great” or ‘spectacular” adjectives i through around very loosely describing any of the 3 films that encompassed the first trilogy, hence the letdown by fans, and of course they over exaggerate their letdown because their expectations couldn’t of been higher going into it. Solid film, but i had moderate expectations going in, as i do with ALL first entries of trilogies, or series, they simply have too much background to give us for them to focus on making a truly great film.

              The few exceptions to this rule do include LOTR:Fellowship which is why everyone’s expectations were so high in the first place.

              • I think this series needed a new director. Not saying jackson isnt capibale but after seeing 9ish hours of peter jacksons bloated story telling del torro woulda been a breath of fresh air. He would of crafted a diffrent take on middle earth that could compliment the lotr trilogy instead of feeling copied. Everything about part 1 was been there done that for me

        • Actually, a film having overwhelmingly positive opinions about it will be remembered much better over time than one that gets a mixed reaction.

  13. Looks pretty badass, definitely got me hyped up for the film.

  14. Am I the only one that thinks it was completely pointless to turn the shortest book into essentially a 9 hour saga?

    • I’d wait until all three films are out to judge.

    • I think the same thing, wasn’t much of a fan of the first film considering how long it was. It was way too bloated for me, I wish they kept it as 2 films or made the film one and a half hours or something lol. Though I have to say it did have parts of it that returned to the quality that The Lord of the Rings had. So far, I’m leaning on Desolation of Smaug being much better than the first.

      • I hope so. The film was a universal failure on nearly every level, and let’s hope Peter and the crew took the criticisms to heart to make the new one a way better film. It’s no small wonder that the LOTR films are universally hailed and the Hobbit had the most mixed reviews of all time.


        • The first was not a failure, universal or otherwise…I’m not sure WHAT you were watching…

          • Agreed – Love the Hobbit movie.

        • Yeah, over a billion dollars worldwide. How can they stand the humiliation?! :-D

    • Ye I though it was a strange way to go about it but when the 3 are done we can make our final opinions but hopefully it will be good.

    • It’s not pointless. The point is to make money. It is ridiculously bad though.

      • It was actually quite enjoyable; I found it great.

    • You aren’t the only one. However, the way The Hobbit is written is very different from LOTR. The Hobbit book was aimed toward a younger audience, so many scenes are passed over fairly quickly, or simply told about in a matter of sentences, whereas LOTR describes many more things in detail. So while in terms of pages the two are vastly different, you can’t forget the way they are written.

      Personally, I think 2 movies makes more sense than 3, but it’s hard to judge with only one out so far. My problem with these movies is not that we have 3 of them, but that there’s so much more CGI than in LOTR.

  15. This movie looks awesome already. There’s a reason why Peter jackson is directing the film and you are Not.

    • who are you talking to dude?

  16. I am looking forward to this movie.

    I will be the first in line.

  17. I really wish it didn’t come out the Friday before Finals Week.. Damn school!!

  18. awesome!!

  19. Looks great, I love these movies. It sure beats some of the crap coming out of Hollywood. I like a movie that immerses you into the story and the world it portrays.

  20. It is very obvious from this trailer that there is plenty of deviation from the original Hobbit story, but, it looks great. I will judge it on its own merits.

    • I’m cool with Evangeline and Bloom. Need a bit of a dwarf break every now and then =)

  21. “While Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was mostly faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit trilogy features distinct expansions on the original novel…”

    Love Screenrant, but I take issue with this statement. LotR was amazing – exhilarating – but more faithful to the source than the Hobbit? No it was not.

    The Hobbit featured some expansions that don’t appear in any Tolkien source – like the white orc – but hardcore Tolkien fans would be quick to note that the appendices in the Tolkien lore contributed to most of what appears to be expansion in the Hobbit movie.

    While I love the LotR movies (just rewatched them in succession last week for the millionth time) they simply are not more faithful to the source than the Hobbit movie.

  22. Could not stop watching this! Epic-voice MAJESTIC Thorin, amazing Bilbo, mystical Thranduil, Gandalf, and silky-voice terrifying Smaug!, looks like some excellent action, ratcheting the tension up and up – plus all the stuff that wasn’t shown to look forward to (Beorn). LOVE PJ’s version of Middle Earth – this trailer blew me away. My book copy of the Hobbit is 1) wonderful and 2)has sat on a shelf for years. Never have understood the “canon” complaints – PJ has turned the whimsical Hobbit into a rich, intense adventure that is perfectly cast with stellar performances, sets, music – cannot WAIT for this film. Awesome, awesome trailer!

  23. SWEET!!!

  24. Smaug’s voice is scary and awesome at the same time.