So you’ve had several hours to take a few deep breaths and calm down. Maybe. If you’re anything like us you’ve been watching the trailer over and over again, trying to absorb as many tiny little details as possible. Well get ready because we’re going to throw them back at you. Welcome to the breakdown of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer. We’re going to warn you now that there are spoilers ahead for anyone who has not read The Hobbit.
If you were expecting our final cinematic adventure into Middle Earth would be all rainbows and sunshine, this trailer probably set you straight. It’s dark and full of as much turmoil as Peter Jackson can throw at you. A lot was smashed into two and a half minutes, but there are a few things that either caught our eye or made us wail uncontrollably.
The beginnings of madness in Thorin’s eyes
We know all too well what’s in store for Thorin as the story progresses into its final act. The gold-induced madness that struck down his grandfather runs deep within his veins, or so Elrond believes, and it’s already showing near what appears to be the beginning of the film, as he stands surrounded by the treasure that he refuses to share as promised.
In his interview with USA Today, Peter Jackson described this perfectly:
“…some of them who we feel empathy for are going to behave badly because they’re confronted with the ultimate test, which is massive wealth. And it brings out the worst in people.”
Thorin’s greed is what ultimately starts the Battle of the Five Armies. It seems the only chief character in the film who has no real affinity for the treasure is Bilbo himself. On his deathbed in the book, Thorin calls attention to this trait by saying: ”if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
Merrier indeed. Perhaps many lives would have been spared.