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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster has landed online, featuring Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Martin Freeman as Bilbo, and more.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug news just continues to flow online as we head towards the film’s December 13 release date. Click on the poster below to view it in full size:

the hobbit the desolation of smaug poster

The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was incredible enough, giving us our first look at Smaug the dragon, but the second trailer for the film took the action to a whole new level. We finally got to hear Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.

In the most recent trailer we get new looks at Orlando Bloom as Legolas and the Elven guard of Mirkwood, Tauriel, played by Lost star Evangeline Lilly. The budding romance between the two is briefly on display. Bilbo was shown draped in messy webs in what will be the battle involving loads of spiders.

Related: Check out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition review

We also got a glimpse of Bilbo and the dwarves being washed down the river in barrels after escaping Mirkwood and some great looks at Lake Town. Perhaps the best part of the latest trailer were the new glimpses of Smaug (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) himself. We got to hear a couple of lines from the highly-anticipated character as he addresses Bilbo and sends an inescapable amount of fire his way.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug release date is set for December 13, 2013. It is the second film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy based on the novels by revered author J.R.R Tolkien.

The final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again, will hit theaters December 2014. Jackson had originally intended for The Hobbit to only be two films, but later decided last year during post-production that it would become a trilogy.

  • lankapal

    It seems really… busy, too much stuff going on, not a great deal of flow between elements – not a huge fan of the posters this time around.

  • Ultron

    This poster doesn’t really make any sense to me. It’s clever that smaug is igniting Gandalf’s pipe as a smoke wisp, but it’s not really symbolic of anything..it’s just kind of pointless. Should’ve just had lonely mountain in the background with a silhouette of smaug in the sky or something and then the characters doing something. I feel like all of the lord of the rings posters are always the same, just with different people in similar poses. Lazy if you ask me.

    • shabs

      Keeping a similar look to movie posters or book covers is done to make it obvious they are from the same series usually. However I do agree it can get a bit lazy.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Personally, I love it. It just looks cool. The fact that a lot is going on doesn’t bother me.

  • Allison L.

    Its reminds me of the Harry Potter and the Sourceres Stone poster (trying to put a little bit of everyone/everything on one poster)
    …I don’t really mind it (I just really like seeing all the characters!)

    • MeMyself

      Did you know that there a thousands of posters like you just descripted?

      • Allison L.

        A great point! (I did realize that!) Sometimes I like to provide examples with my opinions, and Harry Potter happened to be the first one that came to my mind

  • Catherine Lai

    Love it. Just like the LOTR posters. Although I’m not sure that Gandalf should be the most prominent.

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