The Lonely Mountain (many more dwarf songs, not really) awaits…and so does the dragon’s lair.
Many Middle-earth fans-me included- were disappointed by An Unexpected Journey (all the talking, strange albino orc, and no dragon) have been hoping The Lord of the Rings ringmaster picks up the pace with less talk and more action and high-stakes drama that put it on par with other favorite second chapters (Two Towers, The Empire Strikes Back duh) may well get their wish.
The teaser kicks off with Bilbo Baggins, once again played by Martin Freeman, standing atop the dwarvish treasure in the Lonely Mountain—for which he and a company of 13 dwarves are on a quest to reclaim—humbly addressing the terrible Smaug, the unseen dragon who guards the riches and is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (yay! More Cumberbatch).
The group is still led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the group is assisted on their journey by a host of allies, starting with Thranduil (Lee Pace), the “Elvenking” who rules the northern realm of Mirkwood and who’s the father of Legolas.
Speaking of that guy, Orlando Bloom reprises his role as the eleven prince. And along with killing orcs (of course), he has some nice scenes with the head of the elven guard, a female elf named Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly), though unfortunately for them, Jackson has previously said there’ll be no romance between the two (he get’s no love).
I can’t wait to see what happens. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters on Dec. 13.