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New Photo from THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Another photo has surfaced from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It features Gandalf (Ian McKellen) having a conversation with Thranduil (Lee Pace). To see the last photo released, click here. In an interview with USA Today, screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens talks about the final chapter in the trilogy:

"People tend to forget what happens at the end of The Hobbit. They think of this little children's book. The rest of the story needs to be told, and it's pretty intense stuff… It's very much a 'shock and awe' by the enemy, and it's pretty devastating."

She goes on to explain that the takeaway from all these films is the importance of home.

"It's the ordinary, everyday folk, as Gandalf says in the first film, those are the ones who keep the darkness at bay. That is what you come to understand is more important than gold and that treasure in the mountain."

The movie will be released into theaters on December 17th, 2014, and here's the full synopsis:

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

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