Bilbo Baggins makes a startling discovery in the misty mountains. Will a special ring give him the courage he needs to awaken a beast? Or will it spell trouble ahead for his dwarf companions? Watch as director Peter Jackson returns us to Middle Earth this December for the second part of the epic trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. We have two new TV spots full of action, adventure and a few surprises as well.

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In related news, Empire Magazine has four limited-edition The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug covers featuring Thorin Oakenshield in Mirkwood, Gandalf the Grey in the dark domain of Dol Guldur and Bilbo walking through Smaug's lair in Erebor. We also see Bard the Bowman who makes his debut in this second chapter, defending Lake-Town. The month's special subscribers' cover unites the four characters against a backdrop of the Lonely Mountain. Check them all out here.

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