The final chapter of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has its first teaser trailer and it is fantastic. The Battle of Five Armies promises to be an epic conclusion to the story of The Hobbit, while also being a transition to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, some of the greatest films of all time. Though the decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page novel into three movies was highly controversial for some, it happened and it is time to accept the films for what they are. Though The Hobbit was never going to reach the towering heights of The Lord of the Rings, it has been a fun and nostalgia filled return to Middle-earth. The trailer is haunting and emotional, with a fair share of beautiful imagery, and a rendition of “Steward of Gondor” from The Return of the King, as song by Billy Boyd’s Peregrin “Pippin” Took. The Battle of Five Armies is sure to feature a spectacular showdown with the mighty Smaug, the massive titular battle that is hopefully captures the spectacle of The Two Towers’ Battle of Helm’s Deep, a continued wonderful performance from Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, and the magic that is Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies also stars Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, Manu Bennett, James Nesbitt, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, and more. The film opens December 17th.