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Nicholas Staniforth

As with every big incident that occurs in Middle-Earth; whether it be battles, missions to rid powerful bits of jewellery, or promotional artwork the Eagles are always the late to arrive. Sure Gandalf might be with them in the new banner for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies but of course, a wizard is never late because, well you know.

So this poster then? It looks like this could be the last glorious bit of artwork to land before the final trailer arrives online tomorrow. Be sure to keep your ahem, eagle (geddit?) eye out for said trailer which will no doubt show more action, drama and moments of heart-pounding danger than you can shake a Sting at. Can’t wait.

Birds of a feather, attack goblins together.
Birds of a feather, attack goblins together.

Following The Desolation of Smaug (in which there wasn’t any), The Battle of the Five Armies sees Bilbo and the Company of Dwarves continue their journey after the aforementioned fire-breather has abandoned the Misty Mountain and made a beeline for Lake-Town. With Bard the Bowman waiting for the beast to make his arrival, head dwarf Thorin Oakneshield will be busy defending his reclaimed home from all manner of creatures that are keen to get dibs on what’s inside, including the armies of the Dark Lord, Sauron.

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner are all in for the final battle which will kick off in cinemas December 17.


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