The wait for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has been a long one. In that time we’ve had dramatic teasers, whimsical posters and a puzzling name change. Now Warner Bros have given us one last look at the finale of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy before its big release in December, and it looks like a corker.

While the trailers for the last two films were very Bilbo centred, this trailer crams in rousing speeches, cinematic action sequences and as many Tolkien characters as its 2.33 running time will allow. We see cities falling, the elves preparing for battle and the dwarves becoming ever more divided. We even get a glimpse of Christopher Lee as Saruman as he bravely announces, “Leave Sauron to me”. We all know how that one turned out.

Bilbo is still very much at the heart of the story though, as he and Gandalf fight to save Middle Earth from an array of enemies including the Necromancer, the orcs and the strangely absent (from the trailer at least) Smaug. This film promises an epic 45-minute battle scene reminiscent of Return of the King, which should please LOTR fans who haven’t been overly impressed with the Hobbit battles so far. We can’t think of a better way to conclude the trilogy.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will be released in the UK on 12 December, following its Leicester Square premiere on the 1 December.

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