Portentous is a funny word. It sounds a bit like you're describing something as being similar to Porthos from The Three Musketeers, or being a big fan of Portuguese wine-like alcoholic beverages.
Sometimes, though, it's real meaning - something holding a weighty, ominous significance - is just about the only word you can use to describe something.
This is most definitely the case when it comes to the latest still released for the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:
See? Portent up the wazoo.
Which makes sense, especially when you take into account writer/producer Philippa Boyens' recent comments to USAToday about the darkness that's on its way to the franchise:
"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."
Which, for any fans worried that the final film was going to soften the original stories darker edges, should come as quite the reassurance.
Not that the whole thing is going to be an unremitting cauldron of bleak, unending despair, though:
"It's all coming full circle...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."
And now December 17 - when [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) is set for release - seems even further away...
What do you guys think? Looking forward to the darkness, or the light?