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First Photo from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Yesterday we gave you your first look at the third film in The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again, featuring Orlando Bloom reprising his role as Legolas and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman. Today we have your first look at the second film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, featuring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. As you can see he's sitting on a mountain of gold, and from his facial expression I assume he's getting his first look at a very scary looking dragon.

This is a climatic scene in the story, and because this happens in the second movie you might be wondering what's left to see in a third. Screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens offers a little explanation, "The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there. Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three."

The battle she is referring to here is the epic Battle of Five Armies. The battle was waged in T.A. 2941, and the five parties involved include the Goblins and the Wargs fighting against MenElves and Dwarves at the Lonely Mountain.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is set to hit theaters December 14th; The Desolation Of Smaug will be released on December 13th, 2013; There And Back Again is scheduled to be released July 18th, 2014.

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