Join the fight for Middle-Earth with the epic new banner for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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It’s hard to believe that after a decade of false starts, postponements and trilogy-stretching, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy is coming to a close in three months time. The first two films in the trilogy were met with general enthusiasm but have not reached the same levels of popularity as Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Regardless, The Hobbit looks set to conclude in suitably epic fashion with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The climax of the film – a gigantic battle between five different armies – has the potential to be the most awe-inspiring event of the entire Middle Earth saga. If Jackson gets this right, and all signs are suggesting that he will, audiences will likely overlook some of the weaker parts of the trilogy and enjoy it for what it is; a chance to see one of the greatest directors of our time doing what he does best!

Warner Bros. has released an incredible piece of artwork to promote the film – a huge tapestry that teases some of the major events in the upcoming film. Each section of the tapestry looks absolutely incredible, but special mention has to go to the image of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) reaching for each other during the assault on Dol Guldur, while Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Saruman (Christopher Lee) look on. Sure, the Battle of the Five Armies will be the highlight of the film, but it’s going to be pretty damn awesome to see these four incredibly powerful characters (and actors) join forces to attack Sauron.

Click on the tapestry for a better look at the entire thing, and have a closer look at a couple of the sections below:

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You can check out the synopsis and teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released in cinemas around Australia on Boxing Day.