Revisit the trilogy in final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Dec 12, 2014, 6:38 PM EST (Updated)

The final trailer for the final Hobbit film is here, and it's as much about looking back as it is about looking forward.

We're now less than a week away from the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the last film in Peter Jackson's divisive trilogy adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's first Middle-earth novel, and the film's marketing machine is still emphasizing the "One Last Time" of it all. This isn't just the end of The Hobbit, after all, but the end of Jackson's six-film excursion into Middle-earth, an excursion that -- though it's been a bit less warmly received in recent years -- earned loads of critical praise, a huge fanbase and no shortage of awards. Whether you personally agree or not, Warner Bros. is emphasizing this as the "definining" chapter of the Middle-earth saga, as a moment that we as moviegoers will never recapture again. 

So it makes sense that the last trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies would take advantage of that point of view. In two and a half minutes, the trailer takes a loving look back at the entire trilogy, including an older Bilbo (Ian Holm) beginning to recount his tale, a younger Bilbo (Martin Freeman) meeting Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Thorin (Richard Armitage) for the first time, a peek at Gollum (Andy Serkis) and more, all building over somber music to clips of the struggle yet to come in the titular battle of the final film. If you're a fan of the Hobbit movies, you'll see this as a trip through some of the most effective moments of the films, and if you're not, well ... you might consider it a look at what could've been if the series had kept this kind of focus. Either way, it's a memorable trailer. Check it out:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens Dec. 17.

(Via Comic Book Movie)