The deadly dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) sets Lake-town on fire in three new photos from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. We also see Lake-town native Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) trying to defend his city from enemy forces. While it isn't known exactly how much time transpires between last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and this final Hobbit adventure, it is believed that The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies picks up directly after its predecessor, meaning these photos may depict some of the film's opening moments.
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. Bilbo soon 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.
If these photos weren't enough, we also have an international TV spot, which shows Smaug approach for one of his fiery attacks. This latest sneak peek also includes plenty of new footage from director Peter Jackson's epic Middle Earth finale. Check out the images and footage below, and get ready for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies arriving in theaters December 17.