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The Hobbit: An Unexpected is set to hit theatres next weekend, and things couldn’t be looking much better for Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth.

The film kicks off a new trilogy, adapting the original novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, with the second and third instalments coming in 2013 and 2014.

Yesterday brought with it our first look at The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final instalment in the trilogy. And now EW have debuted the first image from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the middle entry in the new films.

““The dragon is a huge, wonderful, amazing part of the story, but it doesn’t end there,” says screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens. “Everyone can suspect there’s a rather large battle in film three.””

With more filming still to go in the New Year, the cast for the second and third films remains a little uncertain, but we »

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