As promised by the release of Smaug from Eribor, war has descended upon Middle Earth and threatens to strip landscape of peace, serenity and beauty. The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies finally has its first full trailer.

Martin Freeman as Bilbo BagginsMartin Freeman looks on with dispair in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

In this trailer, a despondent Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) speaks solemnly of what he’ll remember of his incredible journey to Eribor and the consequences of his actions. "One day I'll remember. Remember everything that happened here - the good, the bad, those who survived and those that did not.”

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In fact, despite the overtones of war – Thorin (Richard Armitage) unoquivically chooses conflict over peace when the question is posed to him – we primarly see separate armies gearing for battle; the eerie silence before bloodshed, the proverbial calm before the proverbial storm. It's all rather haunting. 

“I think Pete has done for the dwarves what he did for the elves in The Lord Of The Rings, he’s very much focused on them,” explained Armitage in a recent interview with Empire, detailing the role his character and his character’s kind play in the Hobbit Trilogy. 

Watch the trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies'