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Trailer for Hobbit films’ finale sings a familiar tune

Posted by on July 28, 2014 – 4:29 pm
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The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally arrived today. “The defining chapter of the Middle-earth saga,” indeed.

You should recognize the haunting song — “The Steward of Gondor” aka “The Edge of Night (Pippin’s Song)” was a highlight of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003’s finale of the first film trilogy based on the epic works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Here is underscores the link between that trilogy and this one, a link emphasized all the more by director Peter Jackson.

Whether the track’s re-use is just for the teaser or will be worked into the movie is too early to say, of course, but it certainly serves to bridge the trilogies at this point.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.